The Crossing Places – an Exploration of Transitions

The borders between land and water, mountain and sky and forest and plain have long been considered to hold special meaning and have been honoured with offerings, shrines and temples for millennia.  As we emerge from lock-down we find ourselves at another significant crossing place and many of us are feeling anxious as we move into this new phase.  In …

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Boost Your Immune System By Singing – Insight Timer Course

After our very successful sleep and anxiety courses in 2020, we are truly delighted to bring to you our brand new course on Insight Timer, How singing can boost your immune system.  With the Covid-19 pandemic taking its toll on many of us over the past year, it’s more important than ever right now to keep our immune system at …

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Sonic Art and Therapeutic Soundscapes

At The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), we use different kinds of soundscape for a range of different therapeutic outcomes. But what is a Soundscape and what is the therapeutic benefits of performing or interacting with one?What is a soundscape?There are different types of soundscape. Bernie Krauss, the grandfather of soundscape recorders, began archiving natural soundscapes from around the …

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When You’re Feeling Down, Get Down! Sound & Music to Boost Your Mood

“…music occupies more areas of our brain than language does – humans are a musical species” Oliver Sacks  Sound is such a powerful vehicle for eliciting and communicating human emotion. In this post I will talk about how, as a sound therapist and therapeutic music composer, I use sound and music to boost your mood, enhance mood state and help improve …

Great Expectations – Using musical expectancy in sound therapy

Lyz Cooper MA, MSc, FICNM Introduction This article intends to provide some insight into musical expectancy and how we, at The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), use it to help improve health and well-being. I will also give some tips as to how to bring sound and music into your life to help improve your mood-state.  Despite our upbringing, …