Sound therapy as alternative medicine
Sound is vibration that touches every part of our physical being. Sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell, every molecule in our bodies. Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: it may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system – the healer within.
Depending on the goal and condition of the recipient, sound can be used as complementary healing modality. After all, when we talk about sound healing, we are dealing with an energy, a power that has the ability to rearrange molecular structure.
The fascinating discipline of sound therapy, and its supporting role in the process of personal transformation and healing when skillfully applied, is a very far reaching and complex subject. As the use of gongs and other sound tools, including the human voice, is becoming more widely accepted being an alternative to common, "western based" or "Newtonian based" linear concepts, more scientific data and information is being published.
Following are links to pages containing additional food for thought
Enjoy reading and make certain to experience one of our sound therapy sessions, a.k.a. gong bath, gong healing, gong meditation etc. nearby. It is a fully experiental phenomenon that can not be written about adequately. It needs to be experienced.
Delamora sound therapy sessions ride on the multi-faceted frequency domains of gongs, humanities’ oldest therapeutic instruments. They serve as psycho-acoustic entry points for shifting consciousness and opening of new energy paths and a multitude of inherent capacities within the participants. We utilize concepts and methodologies that amplify mindfulness and coherence and raise benchmarks for identifying limiting and undesirable belief systems – emotional hygiene through the power of sound therapy.
Our therapeutic sound sessions, workshops, programs and retreats are designed to meet the needs and demands of these communities:
Delamora Transformational Experiences employs the powerful energies of gongs, Himalayan singing bowls and other sound tools in conjunction with guided meditation and imagery.
The gong is one of the oldest instruments of healing and has been used for thousands of years in meditation, ceremony and rituals. Gongs are used in sound therapy practice, group gong bath meditations and in palliative and cancer treatment centers to promote relaxation, pain relief, health and well-being.
Because it covers the full spectrum of sound, the gong vibrates all cells, bones and organs, and depending upon the pitch of the gong in some areas more than others, you feel an influx of positive energy coming from it in your body. The tone of the gong is referred to as 'feeling tone' because one feels it in the body. More information on the therapeutic applications of the gong can be found here
Testimonials from some of our clients...
After having experienced several of your sound therapy sessions, lastly the 8-hour overnight workshop event, Steve is having vivid dreams which is good as he is getting good at interpreting his dreams. He is so receptive and open to this therapy; I can’t wait for his next echocardiogram! I on the other hand, had an unexpected response to the overnighter. For the last month or so, I have been suffering from tennis & golfers elbow pain (not that I play either sport…!). I was taking all kinds of drugs and spending a fortune on Icy Hot, Tiger Balm, arm braces…You name it! Avoiding physical therapy at all cost! On Sunday morning after the event, I realized I had no pain. I am not kidding! Before Sunday, I could not even touch the forearm or come near the tendon area that connects the bicep to the joint! Now I keep checking the arm, because, well, I can’t believe it! Thank you!! These sessions are awesome! I feel that I have hit the jackpot with your sound therapy sessions and am tracking your next events in the area…–Sandra Mercado, Chicago, IL
I have had an opportunity to attend multiple gong sound healing sessions with Marian & Gabriela over an extended period of time. Each session they take participants on a unique journey that both activates all of the senses and simultaneously serves as a catalyst for calming and reflective thought. Their unmatched ability to adeptly orchestrate the various dimensions of sound, provides the recipient a portal to receive both healing and energizing benefits. In a recent session, I intentionally focused on a chronic back problem, attempting to seek some relief from the constant pain. Throughout the session (and for multiple days after), I was amazed that the pain seemed to be muted. Gabriela & Marian's multifaceted expertise, in conjunction with positive personal intent, yields a truly transformational experience. I am convinced that the sessions offer significant, additive benefits. I will certainly return for more!–Jeff Sucec, Ph.D. @ The University of Notre Dame, Co-Founder & Principal Performance Potential, Inc., Chicago, IL
Tonight my body and mind have been healed in ways I never thought possible. I experienced my first gong-bath and through the therapeutic sounds, relaxing atmosphere, and positive energy that Marian & Gabriela's entire beings radiate through their craft of playing gongs, I feel the serenity that I have longed for in many months. My best friend passed away two weeks ago and while, on an intellectual level, I previously experienced acceptance of this death, I had no idea of the healing power that gongs could bring to my physical body and more importantly, to my inner soul. Through Delamora's journey of sound, their experience and instinctual use of knowing when to change the tempo, tone, rhythm, volume as well as utilizing the absence of sound, I was able to feel a transformation. I felt as if toxic energy and the weight of death was lifted from my body and replaced with the lightness of clarity, color, air, life, hope, spirit and gratitude. I cannot adequately put into words the healing that this one hour session has had on me. I am so grateful for this experience and have already registered for another healing gong event with Marian & Gabriela Kraus next Saturday. Thank you both for sharing your passion with our group and touching the lives of all those who have the willingness to let go and allow the healing power of sound to penetrate through them, ultimately producing a deeper and clearer level of consciousness and awareness.–Mary O'Shaugnessy, Chicago, IL
What touches the most is nothing but vibration in its subtlest, or its most tangible form, which is “sound”. A Gong bath is one of the most beautiful treats one can give to themselves, the most non-violent, healthy and most effective way to re-align the nervous system, or may I say, each nano-particle of our being. Marian & Gabriela Kraus take us to this amazing journey where neither the time nor the space matters…It is not the sound of the gong but the silent spaces between the two which are a gateway to freedom! “Silent” and “listen” are made up of same letters which explains so much about them. Hope you take this journey over and over again with them and take a dip into the silence where you experience “The thrill in still and the still in thrill"! –Dr. Indu Arora, Founder, Yog Sadhna
Everyone should treat themselves to a sound treatment with Delamora Sound & Evolution. The waves of their gongs' vibrations carry the essence of our origin and provide a key to remembering who we are. Truly, truly a healing experience. –Catherine West, O.D., Houston, TX
Marian & Gabriela are true masters at creating a healing experience through the magic of their gong sound baths. Each event is unique and the effect is pure bliss. Both are gifted artists who share their heart through their intentions and sound vibrations that come through their playing of these amazing gongs!–Laura Jane Mellencamp, Owner, Yoga Among Friends, Downers Grove, IL
The Delamora sound healing immersions are sublime. From the first sound of the tingsha to the low, building rhythms of the gongs, Marian & Gabriela's love and knowledge of their instruments is made clear. Through their playing, and sharing the healing spirit of the gongs, I was transported to a deeply peaceful and healing place...a place I hope to return to again through their beautiful offerings.–Katryn Lavanture, Santa Fe, NM
In addition to the soothing peacefulness to which others have so eloquently attested, as musicians we must say that Marian & Gabriela are masterful at creating a symphony of sound. The musical tapestry both create is truly inspired, a highly developed composition being executed by an orchestra of two, washing the mind clean and renewing the soul.–Valarie & Michael Bollero, Musicians, Chicago, IL
Much transformation occurred throughout the sound experience. There were blockages released in the physical body and mind. The heart connection I felt was deeply loving, and I am grateful to have experienced the healing vibrations and amazing sound of Marian and Gaby's gong immersion. Many Blessings and Namaste!–Yolanda Lozano, Sound Healer, Healing Hearts, Geneva, IL
My brother Marian regularly performs a long distance healing with his gong meditation. And even though I am 5,000 miles away, I can feel and hear the otherworldly and multi spirited sounds coming through the phone. It is a very relaxing and soothing experience and exactly what I need in my battle against cancer. –Monika Kraus, Krefeld-Germany