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 …)
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 …)
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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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 …)
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 …)
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?
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 …)
from author Zeljko Vlahovic
We are all familiar with this story: the many challenges of our careers and everyday life proverbially rest on our shoulders; combine those with repetitive tasks and poor posture, and the result is an aching back. Statistics speak for themselves: one out of two Germans complains of occasional or chronic back pain. It is therefore no surprise that back symptoms are a frequent topic in the practice of sound massage. (mehr …)
A pilot study of the European Association for Sound Massage Therapy e.V. in cooperation with the Dr. Tanja Grotz Institute
Authors: Dr. Phil. Christina M. Koller & Dr. Tanja Grotz
For the first time, the effect of Peter Hess™ sound massage with regard to stress management and body image was investigated scientifically. This article is a summary of the complete study which can be ordered through the professional association website www. fachverband-klang.de (at the moment only in German).
Peter Hess™ sound massage is primarily a holistic relaxation method, and as such uses the sound of singing bowls to prevent and reduce stress and thereby reinforce health.
This is scientific proof in a study of 201 subjects. Within this examination, carried out by European Professional Association for Sound Massage Therapy (Europäischer Fachverband Klang-Massage-Therapie e.V.) in cooperation with Dr. Tanja Grotz Institute (Kollnburg), participating women and men aged 21 to 78 obtained five basic sound massages, given by trained Peter Hess sound massage practitioners on a weekly basis. (mehr …)
Dear Reader, I would like to invite you to approach the question together with us why sound massage actually enhances well-being. The effect of sounds is always very complex and multilayered, so an overall picture can only be emerged from the consideration of a variety of different aspects. This article and the articles summarized in this magazine are intended to contribute to this.
Applying sounds is not a new thing
Hinduism stipulates “Nada Brahma – the world is sound“. According to this vision, the human being has also developed from sound and harmonious sounds may stipulate him to get him in his natural harmony and order. So sounds had and have always and in many cultures of the world an important meaning in the people’s life, both in ritual and social contexts and also in healing. (mehr …)