Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) is a type of sound therapy that uses low-frequency sound waves to create vibrations that are transmitted through the body. The vibrations are thought to have a number of beneficial effects, including reducing stress, anxiety, and pain; improving sleep; and boosting mood.
At Resilience Counseling & Wellness we have found that the addition of VAT with our therapy clients has helped to stabilize their nervous systems, decrease stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and increase their overall quality of life.
Although we do highly recommend it for our therapy clients, we do have some availability for VAT sessions for members of the Houston community, as well, so give us a call if you’re interested in trying it out!
How does VAT work?
VAT is thought to work by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms. The vibrations help to release endorphins, which have mood-boosting and pain-relieving effects. They also help to improve circulation and reduce muscle tension.
VAT was developed in the 1980s by Olav Skille, a Norwegian researcher who was interested in the effects of sound on the body. Skille found that low-frequency sound waves could produce a range of physiological changes, including increased blood flow, reduced muscle tension, and improved heart rate variability. These changes were thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects of VAT.
What does VAT feel like?
At Resilience Counseling & Wellness we administer VAT through the inHarmony Interactive Sound Lounge, which is a comfortable “sound bed”. The Sound Lounge has a wave-like design and a soft foam top that contours to your body and puts you in a comfortable, neutral posture position. This allows your joints and muscles to fully relax, leaving you feeling weightless, secure, and peaceful. Using four tactile transducers, two amplifiers, and Sennheiser HD noise reduction headphones, the different sound frequencies instantly soothe your busy mind and relax your entire body.
While experiencing the inHarmony Sound Lounge, you will feel and hear the same sound frequencies of the specially curated music meditations. Using concert-quality cables, the four wired transducers work together to transform your body into a speaker and their frequencies synchronize with the headphones to create an immersive three-dimensional audio experience. The result? Your ears and body experience a deeply relaxing journey that makes you feel fantastic!
What types of conditions/issues is VAT effective in treating?
Forty years of research and studies show that VAT has been effective in treating a variety of conditions. Click HERE to go to the inHarmony Interactive web page that links to over a dozen research studies, as well as a few informative videos about VAT.