The Sound of the Unconscious – Singing Bowls and Hypnotherapy sessions

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this blog post from guest author Paulo Franco from Portugal gives an insight into the combination of Singing Bowls and Hypnotherapy sessions. Let’s start with a short meditation:

Imagine yourself, your eyes closed, your body allowing itself to relax… Then, the primordial sound of the Universe echoes and resonates throughout your whole body, involving your being in a journey into the very core of Being, letting yourself flow…

And, simultaneously, a voice is also heard, asking you to focus on that very special and unique sound, and leading you into a very deep relaxation, promoting peace and comfort, and hinting at attaining a profound sense of belonging to and moving with that wave of letting your self go, deeper and deeper… While descending numbers from ten to one are counted, you are invited into an ever deeper state of letting go, accompanied by that bass, relaxing sound…

As the mystical sound continues, in its slow rhythm echoing throughout the entire room, your are lead by that voice, relaxing both the body and the conscious mind, and you begin to enter into contact with the deepest part of your being, the unconscious mind… (mehr …)

Peter Hess® Sound Methods in Treatment and Prevention of Burnout

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by guest author Dr. Rosa Matzenberger

As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, I have successfully integrated Peter Hess® Sound Methods into my work for many years and combine them with various other psychotherapeutic approaches. One steadily increasing area of work into which sound therapies can be easily implemented is the treatment of patients suffering from burnout.  While burnout used to be classified as a typical “manager disease” or associated with “caregiver professions”, we can now call it a real epidemic. For example, in May 2017, the STANDARD reported the following on a study focusing on workplace illnesses: “One third consider themselves to be at least at mild risk of burnout in their respective jobs.“ “According to the WHO, depression and burnout will account for 50% of all diseases by the year 2050“, says psychiatrist Dr. Reinhard Haller. The increasing number of those affected by burnout is also reflected in the Health Atlas 2015 of German corporate health insurers. Statistics of the Atlas show that approx. 15 % of worker absences were due to psychological pressures, which include burnout. Worker absences for psychological  problems where twice as long as those for illnesses of the musculoskeletal system.  This causes significant socioeconomic damage.  It is therefore not surprising that improving health – both physical and mental – is increasing in importance in our healthcare system and will lead to a paradigm shift. The focus is increasingly directed toward factors that promote and maintain health rather than those that cause disease. It is here that the Peter Hess® Sound Methods with their holistic solution and resource-oriented approach can provide valuable services. (mehr …)

Peter Hess Academy Finland – resonates in the land of thousands of lakes, cold winters and sunny summer nights

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from guest author Anne Matero

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My name is Anne Matero and I am the Peter Hess Academy leader in Finland since 2010.

How this wonderful sound relaxation method came to Finland?  I had worked in Greece for 26 years in hectic travel business when I decided that it was time to make a change and move back to Finland in year 2010. Can you guess what I had in my suitcase? It was filled with seeds of sounds and a dream to come true, to open a Peter Hess Academy in Finland.

I was part of the first group of graduated Peter Hess sound massage practitioners when PHA Greece was taking its first baby steps by Anna and Nikos Avramidis 2004-2005. Now when I read my old hand written notes I feel so proud of this fantastic sound method and its great development throughout the years.

Since my first contact with singing bowls in Greece and then studies in Germany I have understood how true it is that we all have our unique sounds of ¨nature¨.  Finland as a country is located north and we speak our unique Finnish language.  My home is in Lapland (which is approx. 1/3 of the area of Finland) and where we have approx. 200 000 inhabitants and same amount of reindeers, huge areas of wild nature, forests and lot of nature waters like lakes, rivers and of course the sea. (mehr …)

Sound Massage – part of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation of seriously ill patients

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A look back on more than 10 hears of sound therapy in the HELIOS Clinic Leezen

by guest author Nicole Becker, published in german in the specialist journal Sound-Massage-Therapy, edition number 11/2016, European Association Sound-Massage-Therapy, D-27305 Bruchhausen-Vilsen

Flashback from my childhood

Christmas time 1973, Rostock, at the house for deep-sea fishermen . . . seamen who could not return to their families because their ship was to go out to sea again . . a children’s singing group and the youngest, Nicole Rhem (after the marriage of her parents Nicole Becker), who had just turned 3 years old, being pushed to the front next to a seemingly huge, glowing Christmas tree. “Now sing!“ She sang: “Silver bells . . . “ Hardy men started to tear up, their facial features softened, they even began to laugh. A glance between teacher and child meant that it went well; a caress, deep breath, happiness in the child. Joy, togetherness, emotion. From my perspective today, this is an early conscious memory of how music, singing, sound in the broadest sense, togetherness with others, as well as emotions – sometimes more and sometimes less meaningfully – were always part of my life. My path to becoming an educator and music teacher ultimately led me to music therapy in a neurology and intensive care rehabilitation center for severely ill patients. During the course of my 17 plus years there, the HELIOS Clinic Leezen developed into an acute care facility for early rehabilitation and an interdisciplinary rehabilitation center. It is now the largest weaning center in Germany and the largest clinic providing rehabilitation services in northern Germany.

Singing bowls – enrichment for my music therapy

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Peter Hess® Sound Massage in Sweden/ Peter Hess® klangmassage Sverige

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from guest author Iris Krüger, Peter Hess Academy Sweden

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In september 2018 we had the first group for certification to Peter Hess® sound practitioner in Lund/Skåne, very close to where I live with my family since 2006. Exactly this year we got in touch with sound massage in South Tirol for real.

It was for sure love & passion at the first look, it felt like coming home to myself, finding basic trust and inner peace, abundance and relaxation for body , mind and soul. After several years living with sound & yoga in 2013 I attended an intensive training with Conny Henning in Gersfeld / Rhön Germany. Directly after my trainings, my vision has been clear since that. I wanted to bring this treasure to people in Sweden, help them to find “healing” tools for coming closer into homeostasis or balance. (mehr …)

Sound “accompaniment” in the context of palliative care

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from guest author Stephanie Schneider

Through memorable experiences of accompanying patients and their relatives, I have experienced the use of sound massage as a gentle and beneficial addition to palliative care. The intense, precious moments, that I have been able to witness in the hospice accompanying people in the last phase of their life since 2014 have shown me that each sound accompaniment – with all its new challenges and gifts- is like the secret of dying itself: unique.

The sound setting – space of being

With all this uniqueness, there are some basic aspects to the sound setting that I would like to introduce here and complete with case studies.

The starting point

Almost all patients in palliative care like to get involved in the gentle method of sound massage. If a patient wishes to receive sound massage or to know more about this technique, we make an appointment. Sometimes I am also called by the team and asked if I can see a patient for a sound session as soon as possible. Sometimes it is the relatives who contact me, knowing that the patient will appreciate this method of treatment. (mehr …)

Successful blood pressure therapy with Peter Hess® sound massage – Results of the Berlin hypertension sound therapy study

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by guest author Dr. Jens Gramann, MD


Hypertension – high blood pressure – presents one of the greatest challenges for internal medicine. Elevated blood pressure is often not recognized as a disease by patients but puts them at significantly higher risk of stroke and heart infarct. Kidney damage, vision problems, and early onset of dementia are also potential consequences. With over one billion people affected, hypertension is the most common
disease worldwide. In Germany, approximately half of the adult population is affected. Of these, only approx. one quarter is deemed to be successfully treated despite a very high commitment to diagnostics and pharmacological therapies. A devastating result for modern medicine.

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Sound relaxation/ Entspannen mit Klangschalen Podcast „Ufo to ganga“, CD Relaxed Mind

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Gast Autorin: Christine Heckel, Peter Hess Akademieleitung Spanien

guest author: Christine Heckel, Peter Hess Academy Spain

You can find the english version below…

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen eine weitere Hördatei aus der Audio-CD „Relaxed Mind“ von Christine Heckel und Wolfgang von Boyen zur Verfügung zu stellen.

Gehen Sie mit uns auf eine angenehme entspannende Reise. Relaxed Mind ist eine 60-minütige Audio-CD und eignet sich hervorragend zur Entspannung während Ihrer Yoga Praxis, zur Massage, zur Meditation oder Kontemplation … oder einfach nur so.

Die Musik von Relaxed Mind ist voller Freude und mit Spaß aus dem tiefsten Wunsch entstanden, anderen einen Moment der Ruhe, der Stille zu schenken. Auf Relaxed Mind können Sie die Klänge von verschiedenen Klangschalen, Gong, Flöte, Klangspiele und Stimme genießen. (mehr …)

Neuronal Effects of Peter Hess Sound Massage

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guest author Dr. med. Kerstin van den Dool (formerly Gommel)

In the research project described below, Dr. Kerstin van den Dool examines to what extent the subjective experience during a sound massage can also be objectively measured. Through measurements taken during a sound massage – in the course of an intensive training week as well as at the concluding seminar 100 days thereafter –  neuronal effects of sound massage of the participants could be established via EEG spectrum analysis as well as measurements of visual and auditory classification thresholds and compared to a control group for the first time.

The sound massage developed by Peter Hess thirty years ago continues to be further developed to this day. Numerous observations from practice by users and clients are consistently integrated. In 2009, a pilot study of the neuronal effects of sound massage examined the following questions:

  • Can the subjectively perceived effects of a sound massage be objectively measured?
  • Which measuring methods are applicable?
  • What is the effect of a sound massage?

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Sound Massage in Denmark / Klangarbejde in Danmark – Peter Hess® Academies Part X

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Guest author: Anne Neess, leader of the Peter Hess Academy Denmark

Anne and Philip started the Nordlys Center (the Northern Light Center) in 1976 in Copenhagen and since then we have worked with massage, personal development, meditation, therapeutic touch and mandala drawings etc. Since 1979, the Nordlys Center has been situated in Silkeborg and thoughout the years, several thousand students have participated in our training to become coaches, massage therapists, masseurs, touch therapists and Peter Hess-Sound Massage Practitioners. Furthermore, Philip teaches development groups and enneagram courses. Anne also teaches mandala-drawing and is the head of the Sound Massage Academy.

In 2004, Philip and I were on an inspirational tour focused on wellness in Germany. In Badenweiler, we saw a poster with a picture of a woman with singing bowls on her body. I immediately knew I wanted to know more about this. (mehr …)