By Chia-Chi (Alicia) Hu, Ph.D., Psychologist in the states of WA and ID
I learned the Six Healing Sounds with (qi-gong) movement from my teachers, Charlotte Sun, RN(ret.), PhD., and Da-Jin Sun at the Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage in Genesee, Idaho.
The healing-sound practice is not a medical treatment. Rather, it’s a practice to nurture our body and mind through the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM philosophy is all about cultivating self-healing resilience, both physically and psychologically. This philosophy resonates with the recent trend of somatic psychotherapy informed by advances in neuroscience.
If our bodies are stuck in fight or flight stress responses, our immune system can be compromised by an over-functioning sympathetic nervous system.
When we want to access our bodies’ self-healing power, we need to harmonize our nervous system and restore the balance of our parasympathetic nervous system.
One self-regulating strategy is toning the system with breath and sound, coming from Dr. Steven Porges’ hypothesis, The Polyvagal Theory (Dana, 2018).
With that, I present to you, for your self-help practice, these brief videos of Six Healing Sounds.
Dana, D. (2018). The polyvagal theory in therapy: engaging the rhythm of regulation. New York: W. W. Norton & Company
Sun, C. (2016). Handout of six qi gong healing sounds. Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage, Genesee, ID. Website: http://gvdaoisthermitage.org