Sound healing for relaxation with Farzana Ali

Sound healing for relaxation with Farzana Ali

We recently sat down with Farzana Ali (@thesoundtherapist), sound therapist,
wellness expert and author of Sound Healing: How to Use Sound to Beat Stress & Anxiety, to talk about her relationship with rest and relaxation.

How can sound support rest and relaxation?

FA: Sound healing has a multitude of benefits. Because it activates your parasympathetic nervous system (that’s the rest and digest part of your nervous system), it tells your body that you are safe. When we feel safe, it’s easier to access feelings of being able to relax. Plus, the sound waves from the instruments slow down your breath and heart rate this in turn gives you a feeling of being rested, too.

What are ways that people can incorporate sound healing into their lives on a more regular basis? 

FA: Sound healing is all around us. Going for a walk and listening to bird song, or taking a stroll by a brook, or river and listening to the water will let you feel the benefits of nature’s sound healing. Even the gentle rustling of leaves at a park can help you feel calmer. If you have a meditation studio near you then I also highly recommend going for weekly sound baths to build on the benefits of therapeutic sound – which also improved mood, better sleep quality, and even more clarity and problem-solving. Don’t have a studio offering sound healing nearby? No problem, each copy of my book – Sound Healing: How to Use Sound to Beat Stress & Anxiety – comes with a free sound bath. You simply scan the QR code inside and it’ll take you to an audio file, so you can listen easily at home.

Can you tell us about your relationship with rest and relaxation and how that has evolved over the years? 

FA: I was the epitome of work hard, play harder. People burn the candle at both ends, but I was also scorching the middle. There was so little rest and even less relaxation in my life for many years. Inevitably this meant there was lots of burnout too. It was an unsustainable lifestyle and ultimately left me quite sick. Now I have rest rituals in place and make sure I’m very intentional about respecting my mind and body – nothing is worth your health. Regular sound baths, walks, supplements and good bedtime routines mean that rest takes a much bigger role in my life now.

What advice do you have for people who want to incorporate wellness into their lives but feel overwhelmed by how much information is out there?

FA: I understand what this is like. Perhaps, this is exactly why I was so drawn to sound healing. The best part of sound therapy is that it requires so little effort on your part. It works quickly (just one session can lead to instant feelings of ease and rest), and all you have to do is lie down and listen. It’s also important to listen to your body. For instance, we know ice baths are great, but if you hate the cold, try a sauna instead. And don’t add too much to your schedule – just going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night might sound simple – but it could make a huge impact to your life so don’t overlook small changes.

For more info on Farzana, connect with her at @thesoundtherapist on Instagram,
or check out her book Sound Healing: How to Use Sound to Beat Stress & Anxiety. 

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