This time of the year is typically associated with romantic ballads, roses and those tiny conversation candy hearts.
Why not try something new this holiday? Instead of “Listen to your Heart” (pipe in Roxette’s bellowing vocals), actually open your heart and try sound therapy.
Pamela Robins, CHLI’s sound healing practitioner, says “Sound Healing is one way to allow your mind and body to slow down, so that you can hear the voice of your heart. Your heart has wisdom and by knowing this, you can create the space to hear and receive it.”
Before you can practice sound healing, it is important to learn the properties of the chakras and their associations. Understanding more about the heart as a center of energy, or chakra, will help you to connect more deeply with its meaning.
The heart chakra, or Anahata in Sanskrit, roughly translates to, “unhurt.” It is responsible for an individual’s center of love, joy and inner peace.
The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest and acts as the bridge between the lower and upper chakras. Being at the heart level, it can influence our ability to give and receive love – from others and ourselves.
Symptoms of a blocked heart chakra can include:
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system
- Difficulty with expression and connection with others
Sound & Color
The chant associated with the heart chakra is “Yam”, the musical note is F and the color is green or pink.
The corresponding element to the heart chakra is air and the gemstones are Aventurine and Rose Quartz.
For all the Yogi’s out there, use camel pose when targeting the heart chakra.
“Through gentle breathing and movement, combined with sound healing, we can lovingly coax the heart into a greater state of balance. This leaves one feeling safe in their emotional body” says Robins. She teaches clients how to do this on their own “as we are ultimately our own most powerful healing resource.” Some additional ways to open your heart alongside sound healing include burning incense, using essential oils, practicing yoga, using healing crystals and reciting your mantra.
“Staying connected with ourselves is key to our health and well-being. It’s a gift that we can give any time we are feeling unsettled, stressed or out of balance. The sound of our own voice is a powerful tool for comfort,” Robins speaks from experience. “One of the reasons I became interested in sound healing was because my vocal cord was paralyzed after a Thyroid Cancer surgery. The sounds of the singing bowls brought me relief and release. It allowed for deep healing and ultimately using my voice again in song. Today, it’s not a perfect sound but I am grateful to have it, and to share it when called to do so. Our imperfections can also be part of our greatest gifts – to ourselves and to others.”
The Sound Bath Experience
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village offers spa treatments without the worry. The Spa’s Touch-Free menu incorporates safety practices designed with care to relax, revive, and recover guest health while carefully preserving the spirit of traditional treatment methods.
The Touch-Free Spa Menu includes the Sound Bath Experience (50 minutes) – This deeply resonating relaxation technique and meditative experience, “bathes” guests in sound waves produced by instruments such as chimes, gongs, drums and singing bowls. For more information click here:
Our partners over at The Mindry Meditation Center in Malibu are also offering an array of Valentine’s classes at the top of every hour, so you can ‘tune into’ the love whenever you need it:
10 AM Radiant Heart Meditation with Jess
11 AM Reiki for Connection with Ceri
12 PM Virtual Reiki for Connection with Ceri
1 PM Heart Chakra Soundbath with Zoe
2 PM Love on the Mind Meditation with Alexandra
3 PM Be Your Own Valentine Meditation with Michelle
4 PM Virtual Be Your Own Valentine Meditation with Michelle
For the Mindry’s full Valentine schedule please visit the link below.