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Vibrational Sound Relaxation Therapy

What happens in a Vibrational Sound Relaxation Therapy session? 

Therapeutic grade singing bowls are placed directly on and/or around the body and used as a focal point for your attention. The powerful vibration and soothing ambient tones induce a deep restful state. You will remain fully clothed and typically lie face up or down on a table. Your practitioner will indicate the location the bowls will be placed prior to the start of the session. The soothing and gentle sessions may last for 25 or 50 minutes. For beginners, we recommend the longer sessions. Acupuncture clients may elect a 15-minute vibrational sound relaxation therapy add-on to their treatment.

During and after a session, mind chatter is calmed, muscles relax, cortisol levels fall, and heart and breathing rates slow. The session activates the parasympathetic nervous system to bring the body into a state conducive to healing itself. A vibrational sound relaxation therapy session brings on similar brain states to yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation.

Vibrational sound relaxation therapy enhances the healing effects of acupuncture. One of my best acupuncture experiences had singing bowls integrated into the treatment, and some of my clients have had the same experience.


What are the benefits? 

Vibrational sound relaxation therapy with singing bowls is primarily for deeper relaxation. Some secondary benefits may include:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased blood flow
  • Improved concentration and mood
  • Increased energy
  • Lessened pain
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Improved athletic performance and recovery.

What Our Clients are Saying

“I feel so grounded and in such harmony with everything. One of the best therapeutic experiences I have had.”

“I feel giddy.”

“I was transported to another space.”

“It’s a bubble bath for your mind!”

“It opened up my heart.”

How does Vibrational Sound Relaxation Therapy work?

The body is made up of 70 percent water; therefore, the vibrations can penetrate deeply into the muscles and tissues, as well as on a cellular level. Once the body begins to relax, respiratory and heart rate slow down and blood pressure lowers. The long resonant harmonic tones of the bowls allow the brain to enter alpha and even delta and theta brainwave states through entrainment. The vibrations and low, mellow tones activate the parasympathetic nervous system.

Contraindications for Sound Relaxation Therapy

On the body treatments are not recommended for clients who are pregnant, have an acute illness, or metastatic cancer. If you are unsure whether you can receive vibrational sound therapy, contact us at 815.814.1319 to discuss or reach out to your physician. You can explain vibrational sound relaxation therapy to your physician as an on-the-body relaxation technique that uses singing bowls as a subtle vibration and sound instrument that is rung directly on the body. The gentle sounds and vibrations help activate the parasympathetic nervous system.

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Facial Rejuvenation with Cosmetic Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation with Cosmetic Acupuncture

There are countless articles and research papers on the benefits of acupuncture, but did you know that it can also be used to combat the signs of aging? A natural alternative to surgery or Botox, facial acupuncture is merely an extension of traditional acupuncture and Chinese medicine philosophy. 

Unlike an injection of Botox or some other filler, facial acupuncture addresses not just the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles but it also helps to restore your skin’s overall health. Now, you might be worried about acupuncture needles placed in your face, but acupuncture is safe and effective and is recognized by the World Health Organization and there are established guidelines for practice just like any other health profession. Practitioners are also licensed by their state’s department of health so you can be confident that you are in good hands.  continue reading »

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Can Acupuncture Help with Depression?

Can Acupuncture Help with Depression?

As mental health issues have come to the forefront in recent years, many have sought more natural treatment options that don’t involve pharmaceuticals and their potentially harmful effects. Acupuncture has become a popular option for treating mental health issues, including depression. But does it work? Before we answer that question, let’s give a proper definition to both acupuncture and depression. continue reading »

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What is Moxibustion?

What is Moxibustion?

You might have heard your acupuncturist mention Moxibustion as a treatment option. This unfamiliar term needs some definition and clarification for most. So, what is it? Moxibustion is defined as a form of heat therapy that involves burning the dried moxa plant and leaving it on or very near the skin’s surface, thus promoting the flow of “qi” and eliminating certain pathogens in the body. continue reading »

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Embracing Herbal Therapy: What You Need to Know

Embracing Herbal Therapy: What You Need to Know

Herbal therapy has been championed by China and other Eastern countries for centuries. As Western medicine looks for more natural alternatives with fewer side effects, herbal medicine is gaining a foothold in the treatment of several common health concerns. Read on for advice from the Cleveland Clinic and learn what recent research has to say about herbalism.  continue reading »

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Four Reasons Self-Care Should be a Priority in Your Life

Four Reasons Self-Care Should be a Priority in Your Life

Self-care has become a trendy buzzword in the post-Covid era but the benefits to practicing regular self-care are undeniable. But first, let’s talk about what self-care is and what it isn’t. Self-care is taking steps to address your physical and emotional health needs to the best of your ability. Self-care is not being selfish or self-indulgent. 

And nobody knows the importance of self-care better than moms. Yet moms are usually the first to put themselves at the bottom of the list in terms of self-care. But we don’t all have to be moms to have an overwhelming to-do list that depletes us mentally and physically. Just like a healthy diet and regular exercise, self-care is the next key to great physical and mental health.

The best part about self-care is that it includes a variety of activities that can range from exercise, yoga, hiking in nature, or bike riding, to quieter outlets like reading, meditation, prayer, or a warm bath. It really is up to you to determine what outlet is best for you.  continue reading »

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Valentine’s Day Specials 2023


We could always use more love in our life. Give your loved one (or yourself) a love cupping session! (If heart shaped cupping marks aren’t your thing, traditional circles or stars️ are available.)

Cupping involves placing glass or plastic “cups” on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out toxins from the body’s tissues – plus it looks cool!



GIve your loved one (or yourself) a gift certificate for a private acupuncture & vibrational sound therapy session for relaxation, restoration, inner calm and balance. Therapeutic singing bowls will be played near and on your fully clothed body during your acupuncture session. If you don’t love needles, you can elect to just receive the vibrational sound therapy.
To purchase any of these special offers or gift cards, send an email to with a phone number for us to call to get your credit card information or call 815.814.1319. Limited to 5 special offer gift certificates per client. Your loved one can elect to use the value of the gift card towards the price of a personalized acupuncture treatment.
You may also buy gift certificates to count towards a personalized acupuncture treatment.


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Mutual Aid – Winter 2023


Links to the Go Fund Me are at the bottom of the post.


Kemone Hendricks

Bodyworks by Carla


Joyner Family

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Food as Medicine

food as medicine

Mama Always Said: You Are What You Eat

Maybe mom really did know best when it came to nutrition. As research has shown, what we eat can actually impact our health profoundly. Over the years, we have learned that our dietary choices can influence our risk of disease. And some have made it a profitable business to teach us new ways to look at food (anti-inflammatory diet, Keto, heart healthy, etc.).  continue reading »

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Why You Should Choose Acupuncture to Treat Fibromyalgia

Why You Should Choose Acupuncture to Treat Fibromyalgia

According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, fibromyalgia is one of the most chronic pain conditions. They say, “the disorder affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3%-6% of the world population. While it is most prevalent in women (75%-90% of people who have fibromyalgia are women), it also occurs in men and children of all ethnic groups.” continue reading »

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