A UTTOXETER man who uses a variety of unusual and fascinating instruments as part of his specialist healing techniques has turned his skills into a new business venture.
Alan Wylie, of Dove Vale Healing Sound, uses gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls made of pure quartz, rattles, percussion, wind chimes, voice and soft drums to create a rich repertoire of beautiful vibrations and sounds.
The sounds and vibrations promote healing helping to rebalance the body, mind and energy systems.
The techniques he uses have helped people with a wide range of needs both mental and physical.
He uses a variety of techniques and approaches using sound. These include relaxation sessions, community music making with a therapeutic element, drum therapy and the use of sound in conflict resolution.
Mr Wylie, of Church Street, said: “I have always been aware of the therapeutic qualities inherent in music and have used music as an integral part of my teaching for many years.
“In the relatively short time I have been working with sound in a therapeutic way I have come to realise the incredible healing and transformation qualities of sound.” Mr Wylie is a qualified teacher and has worked in special education for the past 25 years and he is currently deputy headteacher of a school for pupils with complex needs.
He has also delivered music courses in many parts of the country and abroad and is a member of the British Association of Sound Therapists (Sound in the Community).
Mr Wylie is running a ‘Soundbaths’ group at Kingstone Village Hall tomorrow and again next month on December 13.
He explained what the sessions will involve.
He said: “Clients relax, usually lying down.
Instruments are played sequentially, creating a ‘sound bath’ — a still point in time.
“Life outside seems suspended for a while as you float undisturbed on an ocean of sound.
“Supported by the sound waves, you are transported on a personal journey of growth, transformation and healing. The sound bath may last for up to 45 minutes.” Anyone wishing to book a place can contact Alan on 01889 562366 or 07816518351, or by emailing email@example.com Further information is available on his website www.dovevalesound.co.uk