How Vibro-Tactile Input Deepens my Meditation Practice

What is Vibro-Tactile Input and how can it help deepen your meditative practice?  A literal definition of Vibro-Tactile Input is: vibro=vibration; tactile=perceptible by touch.  In other words it is vibration that is felt in the body.

Vibro-Tactile Input (VTI), in some fashion or other, has been an integral part of the human experience for millennia.  It has been used for ceremony, for pleasure, and for healing by all indigenous cultures around the world.  From chanting in caves, to beating drums in rhythm, or playing the didgeridoo or lyre, humans learned early on how sound felt as vibration influenced them physically and spiritually.

A couple of interesting examples of the use of sound and vibration come from the ancient world.  There has been much speculation about the purpose of the Great Pyramid of Giza that was built in 2560 BC.  Research has pointed us to look in the direction of very low sound frequencies that have shown to have healing qualities on the body. One researcher, who was studying the sound qualities of the Pyramid, found relief from chronic back issues after spending time bathed in the sound properties of the structure.

Another example of the use of sound and vibration comes from Ancient Greece (800-480 BC) where priests constructed initiation temples that had “sound chambers.” These chambers had very special acoustic properties.  It was said that a word whispered in one of these chambers would reverberate in such a way as to be heard as a deafening roar throughout the entire building.  Over time, the wood and stone that comprised these buildings became so permeated with the sacred vibrations it was found that when the structure was struck it reproduced the tones used in those ceremonies.

In the “modern” world, technology has allowed us to harness Vibro-Tactile Input through the use of customized furniture and specialized sound equipment.

As you lie on the table and experience the music with its gentle vibration, a host of physiological responses happen that sends you into a state of relaxation.  Nerve bundles along the spine send signals to the limbic system to relax, blood vessels dilate, heart rate slows, tight muscles relax, breathing becomes deeper, and the mind begins to let go and wander.  As you find yourself drifting into a more relaxed state, this leaves you open and more likely to go into a meditative state.

Like most people, when I first began meditating I found it difficult to clear my mind, to focus, and get into a ‘good’ meditative state.  I tried many different methods but struggled for about a year before I “got it.”  At the time I was taking regular classes on spiritual development and was very devoted to my practice. Once I “got it” I found it easier to get into a meditative state and I began to get more out of my practice. Though, there were definitely times when I continued to struggle.

By the time I experienced Vibro-Tactile Input for the first time, I had been meditating for a number of years and was generally able to reach a state of relaxed consciousness  some of the time.  However, my practice had become more “hit or miss” and a much less regular part of my life. 

I first learned of Vibro-Tactile Input through my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with Developmentally Disabled adults.  I was involved in creating multi-sensory environments that included the use of VTI.  I saw what a powerful tool it was for relaxing the muscles of individuals with cerebral palsy and how it calmed hyperactive individuals.

The more I researched and learned about the wide applications of VTI for healing, the more intrigued I became.  This led to the purchase of my first piece of VTI equipment; an entry level mat that I intended to use for my own personal physical healing.  I knew I would experience levels of relaxation that would help me to recover from the physical problems I had developed from periods of chronic stress.  But I was not prepared for the added effect VTI had on my meditative practice.

When I used the mat to give myself VTI, I found that I could quickly slip into a deep meditative state without any noticeable effort.  No more involved preparation, setting the mood, or being in the “right” mindset to enter my meditative practice. The more I used the mat, the more consistently this was the end result. 

I began using my mat to offer Vibro-Tactile Input, paired with Reiki, to help others.  Many of the individuals had never really meditated, but, they too found that they could reach that level where they could leave their mind behind.  They often describe feeling “more centered” and “still” after a session.

Recently, I upgraded my Vibro-Tactile Input equipment to a liquid sound table, which has a water bladder through which the sound vibrates.  Now, when I give myself VTI, I slip deeply into a free state; one where I feel that I am just floating conscious energy.  I can honestly say I never reached that state with any other method of meditation.

As I have worked with VTI, I find that it allows me to gain the benefits of deep meditation without going into complicated or difficult methods.  I find that my meditation becomes a “no-brainer” as my mind is left behind and I return to the Source, and the Source of all is sound.

Health Benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy

8 Health Benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy

Deb Wellmes, MA, ND

Vibro-tactile healing has been around for millennia but is somehow not very well known or recognized in our “modern” world.  There has been good, solid research over the last 40+ years that has shown great benefit of vibro-tactile therapy for many conditions.  Some of these conditions include pain, anxiety, and chronic stress. 

Interestingly, some of this research has shown added benefits beyond the conditions specifically studied. In addition, there have been anecdotal reports that have corroborated the research findings. And still, the modality has not made its way into a wider consciousness as a healing option.

Examination of a timeline on the use of vibration for healing reveals that sound, vibration, and vibro-tactile healing have been used for thousands of years, all over the world by many different cultures.

 

How Does Current Vibro-Tactile Therapy Work – The Science

Vibro-Tactile Therapy uses low frequency sounds and therapeutic music delivered through special speakers called transducers.  The transducers can be embedded within some sort of furniture such as portable mats, mattresses, and massage tables, custom tables with water bladders, beds and recliners. 

As a person’s body has communication with the embedded speakers, music is sent from a source, such as an MP3 player, into the transducers and is then felt by the body as vibration and heard by the ears as sound.  The Vibro-Tactile input stimulates nerve bundles along the spinal column, up into the brain stem and then triggers the limbic system. In addition, the sound stimulates the medulla in the brain stem and stimulates the auditory nerve that connects with all the muscles of the body.  These reactions signal the body to relax and flood the brain with mood enhancing chemicals.

In addition, the flow of low frequencies into the body also causes a relaxation of tissues, a dilation of blood vessels and an opening of the lymphatic pathways which in turn increases the body’s ability to heal.

 

 

8 Health Benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy

Overall, the benefits of Vibro-Tactile Therapy increases resiliency of both the mind and the body.  When the mind is more resilient, it has the capacity to cope more effectively and appropriately with stressors. When the body is resilient, its ability to restore balance and heal is optimal, thus creating a high degree of well-being.

1.    Lower Blood Pressure

2.    Reduce Pain

3.    Reduce Anxiety

4.    Improve regulation of Limbic System

5.    Increase Circulation

6.    Shorten Healing Periods

7.    Increase Sleep Quality

8.    Increase Sense of Calm

 

When Vibro-Tactile Therapy is used in conjunction with other vibrational modalities, such as essential oils, Reiki, and tuning forks this creates what Don Estes calls “Sensory Resonance”, where the individual is bathed in harmonic frequencies that integrate the whole brain and body into a state of peace and calm. Essentially, a well-constructed Vibro-Tactile session can help an individual reach a deeply meditative state and receive all the benefits of such a state.

Allopathic medicine has brought with it a “medication-fix” for just about everything that ails modern society. Often, the “medication-fix” carries with it the consequence of side effects.  In a day when people are seeking more natural and integrative alternatives for combating stress, pain, and illness, the Ancient wisdom and modern technology of Vibro-Tactile input should be considered as an option. 

 

 

 

Honor Ride

Dr. Deb was honored to participate in the Ride2Recovery on May 23rd.  This is a nationwide charity event to raise donations for wounded Veterans.  It was an amazing event and Dr. Deb looks forward to participating again next year.

 

Welcome to Stress City

Have you become a resident of Stress City or do you just visit from time to time?

If you are an occasional visitor, congratulations!  If you have become a resident, we need to talk. 

Tons of research tells us that taking up residence in Stress City can be very damaging to your health, leading to chronic disease and reducing the quality of your life.  I know from my own experience that finding Stress City is very easy but finding your way out can be a daunting task.

I know there are all sorts of arguments for moving to and staying in Stress City…

It’s my home town…

It’s not so bad here…

It runs in my family…

There is no way to avoid it…

I don’t know how to leave…

I’m too tired to go anywhere else…

Whenever I start to leave I get sucked back in…

 

As a former resident of Stress City (and still a visitor), I have had these same conversations with myself.  As a natural health practitioner I have come to understand how important it is to break ties with this place.  It literally can save your life.

 

Everyone has their own experience with Stress City and they must find their own way out.  There are many road maps available to help us with the journey to a better place.

 

I can help you pack the moving van to relocate!

Watching a Video Can Improve Your Brain!

 

Beecher Wellness Center is happy to announce they are now offering a new and exciting treatment option called BrainCore Therapy.  This is a drugless and non-invasive treatment. BrainCore Therapy is based on the principles of neurofeedback, which is also known as EEG Biofeedback.  Neurofeedback is a guided learning process for the brain where it learns and practices to become more regulated. 
The goal of all neurofeedback is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable as well as resilient and is able to operate more optimally and efficiently. Neurofeedback has been shown through 40 years of research to benefit a wide variety of neurologically-based conditions that include: ADHD, chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, Autism, insomnia, learning disabilities, and post-stroke syndrome.  
At Beecher Wellness Center a patient begins their BrainCore Therapy journey with a quantitative EEG (qEEG) assessment, which is also known as a “map.”  If patterns of dysregulation are identified, treatment is recommended. 
Treatment sessions are structured to provide a feedback loop between the patient’s brain, a visual image (usually a video) and the computer. The patient sits in a comfortable chair and watches an entertaining video that offers their brain feedback.  This is a non-invasive and painless process.  As the sessions progress the patient’s brain learns which brainwave patterns offer the greatest reward and positive changes toward more regulated function occur.  
At Beecher Wellness Center we have patients who have seen positive changes and a reduction in neurologically-based problems in as few as 10 sessions. All while watching a video!