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The Healing Power of Sound: Integral Sound Therapy

Sound is all around us. For thousands of years, ancient sages, masters and enlightened communities have understood the significance and validity of sound as a sacred instrument of power and healing. From a traditional medical perspective sound is perceived through the ear, however, scientific evidence has documented that sound is also felt physically via vibrations within the body. These vibrations can have a multitude of effects on a person. Integral Sound Therapy concentrates on healing the recipient through a variety sound healing tools. 

The instruments used in therapeutic sound therapy have a long history of providing vibrational sound to encourage healing physically, emotionally, energetically and spiritually.  Therapeutic sound balances and harmonizes while at the same time serves as a catalyst to release dis-ease causing toxins from the body. 

There are four key ways in which sound healing works:

1. Sympathetic resonance

Bringing the body into a balanced state of “vibration”

2. Brainwave entrainment

Allowing for cells to operate in harmony with one another

3. Frequency Following Response

Stimulating brainwave frequencies associated with positive well-being to lead to peace, calm and healing

4. Balance the left/right brain hemispheres

Left brain is masculine by nature and the right brain is feminine, similar to balancing the yin/yang of the body 

through synchronization

Some of the benefits of Sound Therapy are:

  • Triggers the relaxation response
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Alleviates symptoms of chronic stress
  • Releases and Harmonizes the mind / body / spirit

Instruments experienced in a private sound healing session may include:

  • Crystal Bowls
  • Tibetan Bowls
  • Drums
  • Shakers / Rain Sticks
  • Tuning Forks
  • Koshi Chimes

A typical Sound Healing session will include an intake form and discussion of expectations from a session. It is key to understand that this becomes a joint effort towards wellness, therefore the recipient is as much as a participant in the healing as the facilitator. Once the intake is complete the client will typically lay on a massage table and simply receive sound therapy.

In addition to receiving sound healing in a private session with a trained professional in Integral Sound Therapy, one may also opt to attend a group sound bath experience. During a group experience many instruments are played to bring about similar sense of relaxation, meditation and wellness to a group. Sound Therapy is one of the fasted growing forms of healing in the United States and more non-traditional “yogis” are open to experiencing the soothing aspects of this treatment due to its accessibility and “no experience necessary”.

It is of utmost importance that when seeking treatment that the client does the necessary research on whom to see. The facilitator is offering space and energy to encourage healing and transformation. A professionally trained Integral Sound Therapy Facilitator receives upwards of 200 hours of training through an accredited and internationally recognized program. Education is key in this sector.

Nicole Zornitzer is a Certified Diploma Level 2 Integral Sound Therapy Facilitator and graduate from the Sound Healing Academy. She is also the owner of Niyama Yoga Shala, with locations in Randolph and Sparta, New Jersey.  For information and to book a private sound healing session, call 973-500-2939 or visit


Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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