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Vibroacoustic Therapy: Is It Worth the Hype?

What Vibroacoustic Therapy Can Do For You

If you’ve heard about vibroacoustic chairs and beds, you may be wondering what exactly vibroacoustic therapy really is. It may sound silly, at first, to think that a chair with music passing through it, would actually be any more therapeutic  than just bluetoothing your favorite relaxation music on your speakers and sitting back on your favorite chair. Why, then, are so many people, including wellness and healthcare professionals, beginning to use or recommend the treatments? Below, we’ll discuss how vibroacoustic therapy can help mitigate a myriad of physiological and psychosomatic symptoms, and what it actually does for the mindbody. 

What is Vibroacoustic Therapy?

Let’s start by explaining what vibroacoustic therapy actually is and how it works. As mentioned in a previous article on What’s the Deal With Sound Therapy? And How It Actually Works:

Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) usually involves the use of low-frequency sound vibrations transferred through a transducer onto a bed, chair, or mat, where a client can listen to and physically feel the sounds from the device. 

Unlike other methods of sound therapy, the sound you receive through a vibroacoustic chair affects the body in several different ways. First of all, because it uses the power of therapeutic music designed for brainwave entrainment, it immediately triggers the relaxation response through the air transmissions the body receives. But the sound does not only travel through the air. In fact, there are a few other ways your body receives the vibrations, and the tones of the music you hear are not the only therapeutic frequencies your body receives! 

The sound frequencies also go through the transducer and are passed directly into the body, through physical vibration, providing a massage for your cells and deep tissues. Our cells vibrate at their own frequencies, and as we are exposed to a lot of different frequencies in a day, based on the energy, stresses, and sounds we encounter, our bodies can get out of sync with its own prime resonance (or state of harmony). The VAT frequencies are specifically designed to bring the body back into a state of harmony, or can specifically address certain organs or states of discomfort. Because of the physical vibrations, the body also receives tactile stimulation, and skeletal joint relaxation. 

Finally, the body receives the therapeutic benefits of the VAT frequencies through bone conduction. Nerve impulses in the skull bone allow the brain to receive acoustic energy, even if there is structural hearing loss or damage. A well-constructed VAT chair or bed allows the music and frequencies to be felt and experienced at low, comfortable volumes while still deeply impacting the body with a cellular massage. 

What Can It Do For You?

So, how can this inner massage and reharmonization bring your body benefits? Well, it turns out, that as more and more research is being done on VAT frequencies and technology, more specific benefits are being uncovered and verified. 

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH), among others, have shown that vibroacoustic therapy has significant potential for:

  • Reducing pain 
  • Slowing down heart rate
  • Decreasing blood pressure
  • Slowing respiration rate
  • Lowering stress
  • Calming of anxious feelings
  • Reducing overall fatigue and exhaustion
  • Relaxing of muscle tension/ reduction of muscle inflammation
  • Lowering of brain wave frequencies (generally slowing them down gradually to a theta or delta state) 

Besides effects of triggering the relaxation response in a deep way, however, studies have shown how VAT frequencies can have a significant effect in addressing specific medical issues, including, but not limited to: 

  • autism disorder, 
  • neurological disorders (including Retts syndrome and Parkinson’s disease), 
  • muscle conditions (including rheumatoid arthritis and cerebral palsy), 
  • post-operative pain relief (even decreasing rehabilitation time), 
  • other types of pain relief (including fibromyalgia), 
  • circulatory deficiency, 
  • digestive issues, 
  • insomnia, 
  • depression, 
  • addictions (shown to effectively contribute to the treatment of alcohol, substance, and gambling). 
  • And much more…

Healthcare professionals are realizing the opportunity for vibroacoustic therapy to help patients in recovery time, stress management, and improving quality of life, in general, in a non-invasive way. Even massage therapists love the vibroacoustic chair for its ability to facilitate their job in relaxing muscles and mind, and, giving them more time to address specific areas of concern. 

Are All Forms of Vibroacoustic Therapy the Same?

As with all technology, differences in how these devices are built will produce different effects on the body. And as technology improves, the possibility for profound effect through vibroacoustic therapy increases. 

At the OM Shoppe & Spa, we have done our research to provide our community with premium, state-of-the-art technology through the hands of an expert craftsman. We are preparing to launch our very first vibroacoustic chair treatment, and will be offering various spa packages for our amazing Inner Soul Vibroacoustic Chair experience. Stephen has “created hundreds of tables that are on five continents for a variety of clients from 5 star spas to Grammy winners to private massage therapists to individuals who just want to be aided in stress or pain reduction … and everyone in between.” And having personally experienced its transformative vibrations, we are happy to provide Southwest Florida an opportunity to experience his master handiwork.

What makes the Inner Soul VAT chair so special? This chair was built with high quality New Advanced Technology Transducers which produce very little heat, and “are capable of producing accurate vibration from below 5 to over 1000 Hz. as well as sound well over 20 kHz.” Why is this important? Well, this allows the brain to process the acoustic energy as sound, and not just physical shaking. Moreover, they allow for a strong effect of vibration with very low volume, as compared to other VAT technology. 

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This chair is also extremely comfortable, and can be inclined to release pressure from the hips. Beyond the VAT frequency vibrations felt throughout the body and specifically chosen for different physical experiences, therapeutic music also triggers relaxation through noise-cancelling headphones (providing you with a deeper inner experience and amplifying the reception of the low frequencies through bone conduction). In a dimly-lit sound oasis room, this VibroAcoustic Therapy experience is one worth your time.  

It also doesn’t hurt that this custom-designed chair was made with great attention and care in a Sound Healing room “over a crystal grid and under a pyramid,” by a craftsman who is deeply passionate about his product and design, and has seen its transformative effects in the improved quality of life of his own family members. And there’s no better endorsement than the sheer numbers of positive case studies done on the quality of this specific Inner Solutions technology

Bringing Vibroacoustic Therapy to Sarasota

So, what’s all the fuss about vibroacoustic therapy? Quite a lot, it seems. As vibroacoustic therapy helps to alleviate discomfort and improve mental and physical function, it’s safe to conclude that it can, at minimum, help ease one into relaxation, transform one’s mental state, and with frequency and duration, improve one’s quality of life in a drug-free, non-invasive way! Keep your eye out for this incredible Inner Soul Vibroacoustic Chair Treatment coming soon to our Sarasota spa. 

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