December 7, 2022
Fibromyalgia. ADHD. Anxiety. Depression. Those were once all a part of my everyday life. My mental health struggles began in high school, and my chronic pain began in my early 20’s.
By my late 20’s, I was in and out of the hospitals due to some neurological issues that began abruptly. After seeing specialist after specialist, being pricked and prodded by all the tests that were run, they still could not diagnose my condition. I was lost, confused, and feeling hopeless.
I finally decided I had enough, three years ago. I was struggling greatly with full body pains, barely able to make it through the work day. The brain fog made it nearly impossible to focus and I was having difficulty staying organized and meeting deadlines at work. Life felt impossible. And with three kids, I was starting to wonder how in the world I was going to be there for them as they got older. Every movement, of every day, I was always aware of the chronic pain that radiated throughout my entire body. I knew that there had to be a way to make myself better, to improve the quality of my life…. But how?
Once I had finally had enough, I began with learning all that I could about the immune system. Why had my immune system attacked my brain stem? Why do I always seem to get sick? These questions drove me to search for answers about the basics of human biology. I’ve always been fascinated by the brain, and had a passion for reading about psychology and neurology since I was a teenager, but I knew nothing about what happened below the head.
I read all that I could get my hands on. I befriended a chiropractor who opened my eyes to many resources and ways of learning. And I began to learn more about how the body works and how each system of the body functions. I began to eat differently, but I didn’t notice a great amount of change. I was still experiencing chronic pain, still struggling to sleep. I just kept trying to learn, knowing that the answer would be found eventually.
I never would have imagined that my life would have changed forever that summer.
That summer, I went to a yoga retreat with a few friends. It was the first time I had ever gone away for the weekend by myself away from my family. The second night of the retreat, we all participated in a sound immersion. Can I be honest with you for a minute? I had no idea what I was doing or why we were doing it. I didn’t understand what gongs were, and it all seemed kind of funny. But a friend of mine had done it before and she told me to just relax and try it out. So I did. And although it was an interesting experience, and quite enjoyable, I will be honest and say my world wasn’t rocked in that exact moment.
It was the next day that blew my mind. I slept like a rock that night and woke up feeling AMAZING! I didn’t even realize how long it had been since I had slept well. I felt calmer, and my hip pain was slightly reduced. I couldn’t believe it. I asked the woman for resources to try out more, and she was happy to help me get connected with a few local practitioners that could assist me.
Within weeks, I was sleeping better every night, feeling more focused and calm at work, and genuinely enjoying life more. Within a few months, I was off all medications and completely pain free! My husband and other friends began to join me at sound sessions. And as I kept improving and noticing differences in myself, I started seeing many of those around me improving as well. Friends and family were overcoming anxiety, depression, and so much more. I couldn’t believe it!
I began learning to facilitate sound sessions myself for the purpose of making it available more often for myself and my family. As I continued to see improvements in my life, I wanted to attend sessions more often- but finances or time scheduling often made that more difficult. And as I learned, more and more friends began asking me to facilitate sessions for them as well.
I began to research sound vibrations and frequency. I learned about what was actually happening and why so many of my friends were having such great results from sessions. And the more I learned, the more I began practicing myself. I studied independently, as well as took courses. And it was through that journey that in May of 2022, I decided to quit my teaching career of 10 years and bring sound immersions to a wider audience. With so many struggling with mental health right now, I knew I should share this experience to help others.
When this all began three years ago, I never would have imagined being where I am today. Being completely pain free, focused and energized like ever before. I am so excited to be on this journey and I am blessed to share this gift with others. 2023 will be an amazing year for all of those who visit and are members at The Sound Spa!