Tactile Sound Massage and Vibroacoustic Newsletter )
Sharing information on the use of Vibroacoustics and more Feb - March 2006
in this issue
  • Sound Massage Interview
  • Vibroacoustic Therapy Article
  • Featured Tactile Sound Music CD

    This issue of the newsletter features an interview with Patti Schippani, Chairperson of the Massage Therapy Board of Advisors in New Hampshire, the fifth 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.

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    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 contact me by email. stephen@vibroacoustic.org

    Stephen Deuel
    Managing Director
    Inner Soulutions LLC

    Sound Table Interview
    Table with connectors

    Patti Schippani

    Owner of Soma Advanced Body Therapy in Merrimack, NH and
    Golden Touch Massage Therapy in Nashua, NH

    • Licensed bodyworker for 13 years.
    • Teaches CranioSacral Therapy at a local massage school.
    • Chairperson of the Massage Therapy Board of Advisors in NH.

    Q - Patti, how has owning the Tactile Sound Table changed things for you?

    A - I am able to get far more accomplished in a one hour session. I can work much more efficiently now. The vibration from the table penetrates deeply into my client's body and they release much faster and easier than when I have no vibration. It also helps them access and release emotional holding patterns on a deeper level. It's like having the help of another therapist in the room working with me.

    I've even used it for self-healing. Whenever I feel under the weather, I lay on my table for an hour and I feel really good when I am done. I think it speeds up the healing process whenever I have a cold or a headache or whatever.

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

    A - All of my clients love the table. They all have their favorite music that they request. Many of them have asked me if I know whether or not there is such a thing as a vibroacoustic bed they could purchase for home use. They love it so much they want to go to sleep on one every night! They oftentimes ask me if they can just lie on it for another few minutes when their session is over. They absolutely love it.

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

    A - My focus is mainly on Fascial Modalities. I do MFR, Craniosacral Therapy, Cupping Massage, Tuning Fork Therapy and Energy work. A fellow therapist friend and I have developed a technique called "Vibrational Connective Tissue Release" (VCTR) which uses vibration with fascial work. She has one of your tables too. We offer seminars to teach this technique and we focus very heavily on the vibrational aspect of music and harmonics. The sound table plays a huge role in this type of work. The vibration of the table coupled with the tuning forks makes for a very profound healing experience.

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

    A - I used to have surround sound but when I moved into a new office, I never got around to hooking it back up, and frankly I don't miss it. The table is great just as it is without it. Sometimes when I have a client who has difficulty letting go, I put the headphones on them while I start working on their feet. It sends them out to another dimension in no time at all, they are totally relaxed. Everyone loves the table/headphone experience.

    Q - What music do you like to use?

    A - My favorite music is any kind of bowl music. I like crystal or Tibetan bowls. Some of my favorites are Klaus Weise, Chicchan, Elivia Melodey, Deuter's Tibetan Bowls and Deborah Van Dyke. Really any kind of bowl music works. The bowl music has the perfect resonance for the table. It is very penetrating, but soothing; not jarring. I think it's the best.

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

    A - Well, I'm not sure if I can say it has increased my client base because I was already very busy before I bought the table and I can only see so many people a week, but it has helped me achieve some very profound results that have gotten the attention of many doctor's in my office building. Their patients reported back to them as to how much help they received from a session, and the doctors started calling me to ask questions and started referring more and more of their patients to me. Actually, they send their own families as well. Of course, now I have a longer waiting list, which isn't a bad thing for business I guess.

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

    A - I believe music and light are going to be the medicine of the future, and the vibroacoustic sound table is the perfect way to bring harmonic tones into the body. A favorite quote of mine from the German poet Novalis: "Every sickness is a musical problem. The healing, therefore, is a musical resolution. The shorter the resolution, the greater the musical talent of the healer." I can't say enough good things about this table. It is very good quality and the customer service has been great. Thank you so much for creating it.


    Patti, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to share with us. Patti can be reached at somabodytherapy.com

    Vibroacoustic Therapy
    Part 5 of An Article by Olav Skille
    Levanger, Norway
    July 17, 2005

    Tactile Sound Massage Table

    Vibroacoustic Therapy and Its Effect on Various Populations - Part 5

    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.

    Low back pains

    The primary recommended frequency for low back pains is 52 Hz. The choice of music is of secondary importance, but music agreeable to the patient is, of course, to be preferred. VAT sessions every day or every second day until the pains are gone. If pains increase and stay painful after session # 3 or 4, the patient should be encouraged to see a doctor in order to exclude any acutely inflamed conditions in the musculo-skeletal system. The inflammation ought to be treated medically before VAT is resumed.

    If long-time VAT is necessary, it is advisable to alternate between 52 Hz and multi-frequency therapy tapes.

    Menstrual pains, dysmenhorrea, PMT

    Relaxing music and therapy tapes with 52 Hz will usually have positive effects on physical pains and mental stability. VAT is given once per day during the week before menstrual bleeding is expected, no sessions during the bleeding period, and maintenance sessions once per week during the intermediate period.

    This strategy is to be continued for at least 3 menstrual cycles before termination of therapy.

    The patient should be told to come back for repetition of one therapy cycle when she feels that the difficulties start to become worse again. An increase in the period between therapy sessions is to be expected.

    Metachromatic Leucodystrophy ( MLD)

    This progressive congenital condition has some similarities with Cystic Fibrosis, as the patient has difficulty in coughing up lung secretes.

    The condition is accompanied by mental deterioration and pains. The sleep pattern is disturbed and may make the home situation for the child unbearable for the family.

    VAT has only palliative effect, and may prolong life for the child. Observations made in Norwegian kindergartens and families demonstrate a considerable improvement in life quality for both patient and environment for several years. For the patients we have followed longest, it appears that during the first years frequencies in the 40 Hz area was most effective, as the illness has progressed, we have seen the necessity to go upwards in frequency choice, and now, 5 years after we started, 68 Hz seem to be most effective in relieving some of the difficulties of the child.

    For the time being (end 1994) 4 children with MLD in Norway get VAT on a daily basis all around the year.

    This is part 5 of an article which will be continued in upcoming newsletter issues.


    Featured Tactile Sound Music CD

    Arc of Light - Brian E. Paulson

    Arc of Light

    Brian E. Paulson

    Brian E. Paulson is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist whose music has reached people throughout the world.

    His vast knowledge of studio techniques as well as MIDI technology has allowed him to create unique sonic sculptures using digital samplers, synthesizers, and a huge collection of world instruments such as gongs, the Australian didgeridoo, Mayan flutes, African kalimbas, Native American flutes, and instruments of his own design.

    Brian's ongoing research and musical projects are focused on the advancement of music as a powerful tool for the enrichment of one's mental, physical and spiritual well-being. In particular, music that affects coherency of the human energy field, which plays a very important part in the well- being of each and every one of us.

    "To develop a synergistic approach for stimulating the different senses, I am using music that correlates with the upper octaves of color and fragrance." - Brian E. Paulson

    Click here to order this CD.

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