Answers to commonly asked questions about individual Song Alchemy, Sound Healing and Therapeutic Music sessions.
Do Online Treatments Work?
Yes. Initially, I was sceptical too, but having participated in online sound healing sessions both as practitioner and recipient, I can say for certain that it can be more or less as effective as an in person treatment. Despite not being in the same room, you are still able to receive the sound vibrations and the healing intention behind them. In some ways, an online session can be an advantage: you can prepare yourself in your own way and take things at your own speed afterwards, without having to negotiate travel to and from the appointment. Of course, one great advantage is that you can benefit from sound healing wherever you are in the world.
What If there are connectivity issues?
I will ask you for a telephone number that I can contact you on. That way, if we lose internet connection we can remain in contact and you will not be left unsupported. If the session is not viable due to connection issues – your end or mine – I will provide a full refund.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
You are invited to prepare your space so that you are as comfortable as possible – on a bed, on a mat on the floor, or on a chair, as you wish. Don’t forget a blanket, pillows/cushions and an eye mask, if you would like to use one. Its good to wear loose clothes for comfort and layers are advised because body temperature can fluctuate during a treatment. Dim the lights and have some water handy.
You may want to set your phone to silent – unless we lose internet connection – and ask members of your household not to disturb you. It is a condition of my insurance that I must be able to see you during the treatment, so your camera will need to remain on.
Please avoid a heavy meal and alcohol beforehand.
In person Sessions
Regrettably, I am unable to offer in person sessions at this time.
Where is Your Studio?
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.
IS YOUR STUDIO ACCESSIBLE?
Treatment sessions take place at my upstairs studio. If you cannot manage stairs, given notice, I can set up a reduced studio downstairs. Please note that the downstairs studio would not be suitable for dog allergy sufferers.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
Please wear loose clothing and avoid a heavy meal and alcohol beforehand. You do not need to bring anything with you. Bedding, blankets and refreshments will be provided.
To facilitate as relaxed a state as possible, you are invited to lie down on the comfortable bedding provided. However, if you would prefer to be seated, that is absolutely fine, just let me know in advance.
If you have come specifically for a Harp Therapy session, you will be invited to make use of the Ombed: this is a vibroacoustic bed connected to a set of speakers so that the frequencies of the harp are felt in the body. It is a very gentle and subtle sensation and nothing at all to be concerned about. However, if you would prefer, it is possible to benefit from Harp Therapy without using the vibroacoustic features of the Ombed. If this is the case, I still recommend that you lie on the disconnected Ombed for your session, as it is extremely comfortable! But, of course, if you would prefer to sit, just let me know before your session.
Online and In person sessions
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY SESSION?
At the start we will talk about what brought you for your treatment and your hopes for the session. You may set an intention if you wish. I will answer any questions you may have and make sure that you are comfortable.
You are not expected to do anything during the session. Simply bathe in the sound and allow it to do its work for you on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
You will hear a range of instruments, which may include voice and other instruments, such as harp, gongs, singing bowls, bells, chimes, strings and flutes. After the voice and instruments have stopped, there will also be a period of silence before you are brought back again with grounding nature sounds.
HOW LONG WIll my SESSION BE?
A typical session lasts for approximately an hour. Ideally, please schedule an hour and a half in total, to allow for recovery/processing time after the session, if needed. If you have less time than this, please let me know at the start of the session.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY SESSION?
Afterwards, you may feel relaxed, refreshed and re-energised. It is possible that you will experience a lessening of physical pain and tension, or you may receive insights into things that are concerning you. It is likely that you will feel different in some way. Occasionally, you may feel worse before you feel better. This is quite normal and in a way, it is desirable, because it is a result of the sound triggering a detoxification process. It will only be temporary. If this happens to you, please drink plenty of water, rest and be kind to yourself. You are welcome to contact me if you would like to discuss your reaction to the sound healing treatment.
WILL SOUND HEALING CURE ME OF A SPECIFIC CONDITION?
Sound healers do not diagnose or treat specific conditions and no set outcome can be guaranteed. Rather, we treat the whole person, addressing causes of dis-ease on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Sound Healing is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
If you have any of the following conditions, please mention this at the time of booking. We can then discuss what form of treatment would be appropriate for you:
Ménière’s Disease, Tinnitus, Hyperacusis (Sensitivity to Sound), Epilepsy, Psychosis, Osteoporosis, Acute Injury/Internal Bleeding, Stroke, Thrombosis, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High or Low Blood Pressure.
Please also let me know in advance if you are fitted with a pacemaker or have any metal implants, pins or bindings, if you are taking Warfarin, or if you are or might be pregnant.
If you have recently had surgery, it is advisable to wait for 2-3 months before having Sound Healing.
If in doubt, please speak to your general or specialist medical practitioner for advice.
DO I NEED TO SIGN ANYTHING?
I will ask you to fill out a new client information sheet and sign to say that you agree to have a treatment from me. For online clients, I will email this to you beforehand. I also need to ask you to sign a consent form which will allow me to securely store this form in line with GDPR regulations. For more information see my Privacy Notice.
WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS?
I am a qualified Healthcare Musician, Gong Practitioner and member of the College of Sound Healing. To gain my Gong Practitioner certification, I underwent a year’s intensive training, which included 60 hours of tuition, ongoing assessment, 36 case studies, an essay and a written exam. To gain my Certified Healthcare Musician qualification, my training involved 180 hours of theoretical study, a 45 hour practicum and the completion of a research project. I am also a qualified Reiki Drum Practitioner.
I am fully insured to practice as a gong practitioner, sound healer, healthcare musician and Reiki drum practitioner.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS?
Payment is due in advance. I accept BACS transfers and payment through PayPal. I will provide details via email upon booking.
In-Person Sessions only: I also accept cash on the day. Please let me know in advance if you intend to pay with cash.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
I accept cancellations up to 24 hours in advance. Bookings cancelled within 24 hours incur full payment.
HOW DO I BOOK MY TREATMENT SESSION?
Call me on 01494 440356, send me an email at email@example.com or fill in the form on the Contact page.
I HAVE AN UNANSWERED QUESTION
If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch and ask.