Tactile Sound Massage and Vibroacoustic Newsletter )
Sharing information on the use of Vibroacoustics and more November 2005
in this issue
  • Sound Massage Interview
  • Vibroacoustic Therapy Article
  • Featured Tactile Sound Music CD

    This issue of the newsletter features an interview with Christina Mitchell from Ft. Myers, Florida, the third installment of a new article by Olav Skille on Vibroacoustic Therapy and Its Effect on Various Populations, as well as the featured CD of the month that is excellent in the Tactile Sound Tables.

    Olav Skille has a new offering that he has been working on. Olav will build you a CD using the music of your choice combined with specific frequencies. You can send him a file of the music or upload it to a web site and he will add frequencies to it for your use. For more information, send us an email and we can get you started.


    Every Newsletter will have a short article or interview with a therapist or spa who uses a Tactile Sound Massage table in their work. The intent is to build community and to share ideas of how their rooms are set up, what music they use, etc. We have lined up a number of practitioners from around the globe who will be sharing information with the rest of the world. If you would also like to share with the group, please conact me by email.

    Stephen Deuel
    Managing Director
    Inner Soulutions LLC

    Sound Massage Interview
    Table with connectors

    Christina Mitchell, LMT

    Fort Myers, Florida

    • Licensed Massage Therapist
    • Reiki Practitioner

    Q - Christina, How has owning the Tactile Sound Table changed things for you?

    A - It has helped increase my client base for starters. Beyond that, it has helped reduce the amount of effort I once had to use, simply because my patients are so relaxed by the time that I finish the preliminary aspect of the massage, the rest of their body is so ready for what's next. From a spiritual point of view, it heightens the senses and opens the way for whatever type of metaphysical therapy you want to practice. A big plus for my clientele.

    Q - Can you share some of the comments and reactions by your clients in regards to their sessions on the Tactile Sound Table?

    A - After the first visit, they can't wait to return. My first "walk in" client came from the gym down the way, had this tense, hostile aire about him. After our session he said, "I feel like skipping out and hugging everyone I see". According to him, that kind of joyful experience rarely occurred. He's become one of my greatest advocates since I first started with the table.

    Q - Christina, what type of bodywork / modalities do you do and how does the sound table help you do that work?

    A - I'm a Reiki Practitioner as well as Massage Therapist, but we also have Shamanic Healers who use the table as well for drum therapy. They've said that it helps to really bring in the Native American "feel" to their work rather than just to hear the drums. The sensation of feeling the drums helps their clients to get as close to being in a drumming circle as they can without actually being in one.

    Q - What kind of setup do you have with your table?

    A - I primarily use the surround sound setup, but I also have it rigged for separate external stereo when I use Olav's CD's.

    Q - Christina, what music do you like to use?

    A - The Liquid Mind series is my personal favorite, but I also use a variety of other stuff. I encourage my clients to bring in their own music, I just remind them that it needs plenty of low end, since that's what really "drives" the table. I've used everything from Pink Floyd to Bach and it all feels great.

    Q - Have you found that the sound table has helped to increase your Client base?

    A - Absolutely. They've even driven 35 miles to get here.

    Q - Christina, is there anything else you would like to share with us?

    A - I have several patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Rheumatoid Arthritis, they've noticed that they seem to get an extra 2 days or so of relief when we use Olav's frequency CD's verses massage without sound therapy.  I can't begin to say enough about the table; it's been worth every cent.


    Christina, thank you so much for your time and for sharing with us today. You can reach Christina Mitchell at Planet Earth Book Store in Ft. Myers, Florida, USA.

    Vibroacoustic Therapy
    Part 3 of An Article by Olav Skille
    Levanger, Norway
    July 17, 2005

    Tactile Sound Massage Table

    Vibroacoustic Therapy and Its Effect on Various Populations - Part 3

    Introduction: The first experiences with VAT, as we know it today, were carried out in 1980 when I was working as headmaster of a school for multiply handicapped, mentally retarded children. 1987 - 1990 I ran a clinic which offered VAT to clients who came to the clinic because of various complaints, some of them were referred to VAT by their physicians.

    From 1980 until today the method has spread out to different institutions, and now VAT is used to improve the life quality of persons suffering from a wide variety of complaints and handicaps. On the following pages I will try to describe how we have approached some defined conditions. Most results come from my own work, or the work of my assistants, but I also include results described in reports from professionals (nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, teachers in special education, psychologists and music therapists) in Norway and other countries.

    The conditions treated by VAT differ considerably from the conditions, which traditionally are treated by Music Therapy and Music Medicine, as we know them today. As VAT has a direct physical effect on the whole human body - and virtually has an effect on each single cell in the organism, it is natural that we can observe effects which cannot be observed, or can only be traced, when we use auditively transferred musical stimuli.

    Colic pains, bowel problems

    Colic pains in children and bowel problems in elderly or patients who suffer from lack of exercise may respond positively to VAT with a combination of music and frequencies in the 40 Hz or 60 Hz area. The lower frequencies are chosen for full-grown patients.

    Spontaneous relief of colic pains have been observed. Improvement of bowel movements in institutionalised patients may be observed within a day or two after VAT. The observed effects may be a result of low frequency sound massage of the intestines, both inducing reduction of spasms and stimulation of peristaltic movements.


    Not to be used in the first post-traumatic stages. Possibility of VAT starting brain haemorrhage must be considered and ruled out.

    There has been carried out some tests of VAT in the neurosurgical unit in a Norwegian university hospital. VAT has always been carried out in cooperation with the doctors.

    One has used music and vibrations which slowly have been turned up to a high amplitude level in order so see if reactions of some kind can be observed in the patient. We keep this amplitude level for 5 minutes and then suddenly turn the volume down to 0, to see if this sound deprivation will provoke any reaction.

    The procedure may be repeated. We also make VAT programs with music that is familiar to the patient, and use physiotherapeutic approaches to reach the patient during VAT. The procedures are usually accompanied with the therapist’s attempts to reach the patient verbally - saying or singing the name of the patient and her relatives and repeating elements of facts which may have a positive meaning for the patient.

    Cystic fibrosis

    The therapeutic approach and choice of music is similar to the procedures used in treating Asthma . As the situation of the patient seldom has a dramatic and acute course, as we find in asthma, VAT can be administered policlinically. The intervals between therapy sessions must be regulated to the individual needs of the patient.

    Result of therapy is often an improvement in producing expectorates from the lung walls, and some prevention of new mucus to clog the lungs - due to a decrease of viscosity of the expectorates.

    This is part 3 of an article which will be continued in upcoming newsletter issues.


    Featured Tactile Sound Music CD

    el-Hadra - Klaus Weise


    Klaus Wiese

    Thanks to Patti S. of New Hampshire, USA for leting me know about Klaus. I ordered this the same day she emailed me about it.

    "I must say, out of all the music I own, this is my favorite table music. I have (many different artists cds) but Klaus Wiese is the best by far. He has dozens of CD's , most of which are difficult to get here (he's from Germany) but Amazon does have a few titles. Check him out...if you haven't already." - Patti

    Click here to order this CD.

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