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Does anyone here work with applying sound therapy to animals?

I haven't, however I have received a number of anectodal stories in recent years regarding my Earth Spiral Water Sound and Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree albums and the positive effects this music has had on various animals - both with their emotional states and in regard to recovery from illness or injury. 

If you have experience with this, please tell us!



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My sister has had great success using Tuning forks on dogs, cats, horses and even an Elephant at a nearby zoo. If you give your e-mail address I can find out if she's willing to share any suggestions or findings with you..
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Nestor, thank you, and thanks for posting!
I'll send you my email address in a private message.


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I use tuning forks on acupuncture points on my cats.  They LOVE it.  It is calming for them.  
They also love being in the sound room with me, when I am playing the singing bowls.   
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I use tuning forks on acupuncture points on my cats.  They LOVE it.  It is calming for them.  
They also love being in the sound room with me, when I am playing the singing bowls.   
much peace 
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Hi Kimberlee,

Thanks for your reply.
How do you determine acupuncture points on your cats?

I wonder if any veterinarians are using sound therapy with their patients...

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Hello! I just found ths forum and I am quite excited. I have been searching online for months to find more information about singing bowls and sound therapy, but there's just not much out there. Which I don't understand, as presumably someone is keeping all the people selling singing bowls in business! I actually took over moderatorship of the singing bowl group on Reddit and have been trying to breathe life into it, but it's been an uphill battle.

Anyway, to get back on topic, it was my dog of all things that got me down this path. My beloved 9-year old lab went from being healthy and vibrant to unable to walk in the space of 8 weeks. I took her to my regular vet, and then a neurologist, and then finally to another DVM who practiced acupuncture and chiropractic medicine in additional to traditional Vetrinary medicine. He suspected that she had some kind of damage to her nervous system and one of the things he had me do at home was stimulate certain areas on her using tuning forks. He was hoping by stimulating her she would build new neural pathways. This led me to researching and acquiring tuning forks, and that led me to singing bowls. The latter had always been on my radar, but the last time I was really interested in them there were even less resources available online.

I purchased 3 bowls online and started playing them every evening. My dog would visibly relax during these sessions and I found them helpful too, as this was an extremely stressful time for me - despite our best efforts, my dog was getting worse and it was becoming obvious she likely had brain cancer or some kind of cancer effecting her nervous system. I am an animal person, but this dog was more than a pet, she was like my dog soulmate. It was like losing a child. So while, the ending is sad, I am glad that the bowls and tuning forks allowed me to give her some comfort in those last months and it was a meaningful way for me to spend time with her.

I am honestly not sure how much of my vet's tuning fork recommendation was based on knowledge of sound healing, I really think he was just wanting the vibration to work as stimulation and tuning forks do have their medical usages for this purpose. But he was also very open minded and told people trying his therapies (which might have seemed out there to some) that they didn't have to believe in it, but they should have an open mind. I think he would have found some value in the singing bowls.

I can reiterate what the person above said though, my cats loved them too. They would come and rub up against the bowls while I was playing and still do. And they also liked the tuning forks. I have since adopted two more dogs and they also settle down and relax when I bring the bowls out. I really would like to try playing at an animal shelter, I am curious to see what would happen. But I am not sure how to approach that conversation. There's not much of a singing bowl scene here and I don't think people would understand.
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Lynn,
Thanks for joining and for sharing your experience here.
Where is "here", as in where there is not much of a singing bowl scene?
Is there a yoga studio scene there? Yoga studios and holistic healing therapies centers tend to be places where you might connect with others and create a scene. Also check the bulletin boards at local co-ops and health food stores. 

As far as playing at animal shelters, I hope that you do approach that conversation, open the door, and report back to us with your further animal & sound experiences!
I think it might be better to go visit a shelter and present your proposal in person than by phone. Even have your bowls and forks out in the car just in case the opportunity to use them arises. Actually, I think I would write a succinct and clearly stated letter to them first, telling them you've effectively worked with your animals, know others who have as well (the two posters above in this thread!) and your interest in exploring it further with the shelter 'residents'. I'm sure there's a certain hit or miss factor with people at the shelter being receptive or not to the idea, but with a letter you can get your words straight and it gives them time to consider it before responding. In person or by letter probably depends on which you feel best at. It's my bet that people who care about these animals are likely to be receptive to at least hearing your idea.

I'd also suggest first sitting in meditation with the bowls, getting clear and aligned with your desire and intent, and playing the bowls allowing them to invite and clarify the conversation within yourself before you ever contact the shelter. You may need to do this a number of times until you feel sufficiently clear and aligned with your intent.

Best wishes with it all!


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I had a 13 year old black Labrador retriever with hip and gait issues. He was unable to sit; would only stand or lie down and would not let you touch his hips or back legs. He would however let me place small bowls on his hindquarters and play the bowls softly. He visibly relaxed and after several minutes would allow me to touch and stoke his back, legs and feet. Xrays did not reveal injury or damage to his spine or legs although we presumed that balance contributed to his problems as one hind foot was missing several toes (rescue dog; no known history when we adopted him). The bowls, chiropractic adjustments and pain medications eventually stopped helping and due to a myriad of other health issues we eventually had to put him to sleep. My other dog (black lab cross; rescue dog) has no apparent health issues but allows me to play the bowls on/near her and visibly relaxes also.

I have also visited a local riding stable where a friend teaches/keeps horses and all but one of the horses accepted the sounds of the bowls. Two of the horses allowed the bowls to be put up near/at their heads and drowsed, closing their eyes as I played. The barn cats also were very appreciative of the sounds although I was not specifically playing for them. We hope to take the bowls to horse shows this next season and use them to calm the horses during their stay at competition. Phantom 4.jpg 
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Thanks for your post and sharing your experience, Tibetan Temple Sounds.

(Would be great to include your real name in a signature line! Same goes for everyone - doesn't it deepen the conversation and connection to have a name for our fellow participants?)

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I was brought to a farm several years ago to look at a herd of cows that were not milking for other work I do (I am a dowser). There was one cow that was in very bad shape. After my assessment using intuition and dowsing skills I determined it need a singing bowl treatment. I when to the car & grabbed a large bowl ~ 12" diameter. Then I approached the cow slowly tapping it. 

I did this around the cow for about 10 minutes; head, neck, lower body front to back & then back again. Then I placed the bowl on the cows back?sides & slowly rubbed it. It (the cow) shuttered & became completely relaxed. This cow was under enormous stress (due to other factors not related to this forum).

 

The farmer (owner) said "I don't know how you did that, no one has been able to get near her for a week, if they tried she would kick them clear into the next stall."

I suggested playing soothing music for the cow after I left. The cow actually started to do better. If I was to go back now, I would have given a copy of one of my cd's to play.



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