Altered States of Consciousness (ASC)


Altered States of Consciousness (ASC)


An ASC is a natural process necessary for good health and wellbeing. There are times during the day when we all slip quite naturally into a shallow ASC, which is usually experienced by feeling drifty and day-dreamy (usually around mid-afternoon!). This temporary ‘screen-saver mode’ allows our brain to concentrate on other important factors such as balancing hormones and regulating the autonomic nervous system etc.

Altered states of consciousness, as well as being natural, can also be induced. Naturally induced ASC is a deeply relaxing and pleasant experience which has been promoted for thousands of years as being life enhancing – even enlightening. An ASC can be induced in many different ways but at BAST we use sound applied in a specific way resulting in a deeply relaxing, restorative and transformative experience. Our 1-2-1 therapy and group ‘soundbath’ relaxation sessions are specifically designed to maximise the ASC experienced by playing certain instruments (or using the voice) in a specific way.

Our research has yielded some very positive results showing the health benefits of altering consciousness with therapeutic sound.

Read more on Lyz Cooper’s ASC research