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By Rachael Devaney email@example.com Posted Jul 21, 2017 at 9:43 AM
Every time Kathleen Warren plays her crystal bowls for Barnstable Senior Center members, they learn a new therapeutic tune.
During the monthly one-hour vibrational therapy sessions, Warren can be found in the Hyannis center’s day room, surrounded not only by participants but also by her white frosted crystal bowls, ocean drums, rattles, bells and crystals.
As she gently strikes and strokes each basin with a felt-tipped drumstick, Warren sends a powerful set of tones oscillating throughout the room. The vibrational sounds seem to leave each person in a marked state of relaxation.
“The bowls are vibrational instruments and ancient forms of healing,” Warren said. “And each sound has the power to transfer a human being’s physical and energetic bodies.”
As the minutes tick by, Warren guides members through a set of meditations and instructs them to find a comfortable position on their yoga mats that will allow them to “breathe in each vibration.”
By consuming the energy given off by the crystal bowls, she said participants will be “drawn to beauty” and “return to balance.”
For newcomers, Warren also makes a point to describe the body’s chakras - swirling wheels of energy that correspond to the body’s seven nerve centers, located at positions from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. By embracing the crystal bowl vibrations, Warren said the chakras remain open, allowing energy to flow.
“Each chakra has a different sound and color attached to it, and when your body hears these sounds it re-tunes itself,” Warren said. “The bowls are perfectly aligned to each of your chakras, which helps them vibrate at their own frequency again, while unblocking stored energy.”
With each session, Warren explained, she finds more senior center members embracing the process, even attributing an improvement in their physical and mental health to the vibrational therapy workshops. Because she believes pain is undigested energy, she said her sessions can help with a variety of medical issues.
“With each class people seem to reach a deeper level of understanding,” Warren said. “And with that maybe a pain in their back or crick in their neck is gone.”
While she admits that there are some naysayers and disbelievers when it comes to this specific wellness technique, Warren explained that the process is “no miracle.” It’s a scientifically proven method of healing, she said, which has been used by every culture since the dawn of time.
“When I first started doing this, everyone was skeptical – even my family members thought I was crazy,” Warren said. “But now people of all ages are more open to holistic healing and the spiritual journey that comes along with it.”
As a registered nurse and a certified reflexology, Reiki and therapeutic touch instructor, she said she also encourages her clients to find a comfortable balance between western medicine and wellness therapies.
“I know and understand that Western medicine and modern medications are an important part of staying healthy in today’s day and age,” Warren said. “But I also believe that if people can stay in harmony with the sun, moon and stars, Earth, wind and water, they will feel more relaxed and at peace.”
While Warren has held group and individual sound therapy sessions only since 2004, she has been studying holistic medicine since the 1970s and now serves senior centers across Cape Cod, as well as sororities, garden clubs, a myriad of yoga studios and even hospice organizations. Despite the fact that each group is different, she said the sessions are a way for people to communicate.
“Whether they are family members or friends, they want to help each other heal and relax,” Warren said. “Even after I leave they continue to relate, and talk over their experiences.”
In addition to conducting vibrational therapy, Warren is also a photographer and recently collaborated with her sister Patti Sparrow to write “Stepping Stones,” a book that guides readers through healthy meditation and positive thinking. For Warren, it’s just another way to help people align with the universe.
“Everyone has things happening and things they need to let go of,” she said. “But I hope these sessions can help them harvest the good things in life and encourage them to be grateful for everything they love the most.”