The technique of sound therapy has its roots in Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound, as well as in Yoga Nidra, the deep relaxation of yoga. Since time immemorial, sounds of Indian stringed instruments have been applied for healing and harmonization.
In former times people have used stringed instruments for playing sacred music and as an accompaniment and assistance for the pujas (rituals), meditations and also for the yoga-asanas. And also today musicians in India are still invited to perform at rituals, healings and Yoga Nidra. In the course of our society's media development, the CD has replaced the quality of live music. But Indian music always emerges newly in every moment and is a transmission from heart to heart.
Sound therapy contributes to the relaxation of tensions and blockades caused by stress. The getting down to a deep state of peaceful mind revitalizes and restores the self healing forces.
The sounds produce a tender massage reaching more or less deeply into the inner body. Selected tone scales (Ragas) of the Indian music tradition support the re-discovery of the basic harmonic condition of the mind. Using relaxation exercises at the beginning, the listener opens up for the nourishing and healing tones. The music leads to an extended self perception. It activates the inner experience and can help to discover a new access to one's own inner resources. All body organs and senses come to peace hardly found even asleep. Crucial for this deep relaxation is the experience of real live music, as only this way a true dialog between musician and audience can begin, while the musician is sensitively in accordance with the immediate experience of the listener.
The Bin or Rudra Veena is a zither and belongs to the oldest classical instruments of India. According to traditional sayings Shiva has created it while he meditated on the beauty of his wife Parvati. The Rudra Veena is an early form of the popular Sitar and has been called the mother and queen of Indian strings. Rich in basses and overtones the Rudra Veena has been the ideal musical instrument to arouse a meditative condition of mind since centuries. Due to it's sound frequencies it is possible to resolve blockades very effectively in a quite easy manner.
The sound massage table is a body monochord with 47 strings, tuned on three octaves. The vibration is transferred onto the whole body and you can thus receive a complete massage and a deep relaxation.
Freelance musician Thomas Meisenheimer was born in 1966 and works as a music therapist at a special school in Wiesbaden/Germany.
In 1991 he started his Sitar studies, and under the guidance of Professor Tribhuvan Nath Nagar (Varanasi/India) he absolved an apprenticeship in Indian music therapy.
Since 1999 he has been studying the old classical music of Dhrupad and has been learning to play the Rudra Veena under the guidance of Pandit Asit Kumar Banerjee.
Since 2005 he is in touch with Swami Ji who gave him much support for his work.
"Music is for me a language of love. It is my daily food, my prayer, my connection to the source of being. When I listened to an Indian Sitar for the first time, tears came up and I was deeply touched like somebody is calling my true nature.
The Indian music is not strange or exotic for me; it is a possibility to experience the inner truth.
Swami Ji has encouraged me to share this experience with others. That's why I would like to support his charity projects with my sound therapy."
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