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Sounds Heal Studio helps bring patients into sync: Ground Floor

Natalie Brown, owner of Sounds Heal Studio, works with her client, George Lord at her studio in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Brown works with singing bowls and tuning forks to treat various ailments. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Natalie Brown, owner of Sounds Heal Studio, works with her client, George Lord at her studio in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Brown works with singing bowls and tuning forks to treat various ailments. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Natalie Brown first became aware of the power of sound when she started violin lessons at age four.

“In a sea of violinists, I was the one moving and swaying with the music,” she said.

Today, she is harnessing that power to provide healing to others.

Brown founded Sounds Heal Studio in Cedar Rapids to provide sound healing therapy to individuals and groups.

“Sound healing is a method of vibration therapy,” Brown explained. “Literally everything is vibrating, in motion. Optimum health occurs when we are vibrating in harmony at our natural resonant frequency.”

Brown added that she believes each person has a unique resonance, or rate of vibration. When that resonant frequency begins to vibrate out of sync, energy becomes blocked and ill health results.

“Sound healing is about releasing stuck energy and bringing out-of-sync vibrations into balance.”

From her early violin lessons, Brown went on to become a classically trained violinist, multi-instrument performing artist, composer and educator. She taught orchestra at Washington High School for 14 years and, in her free time, traveled the world performing and recording music.

During the 2012-13 school year, Brown took a one-year leave of absence from her teaching position to attend graduate school in Scotland. It was there she first learned about sound healing.

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“I got more and more curious and started learning about the tools people use in sound healing therapy,” she said.

Those tools include Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks, gongs, drums, the voice and other sonic tools.

Brown began training with the international Sound Healing Academy to become a sound healing practitioner, working online and with local teachers. After completing her own training, she started teaching and tutoring others.

Last July, feeling overextended, she made the decision to leave her high school teaching position and open Sounds Heal Studio.

“The time felt right to make the change,” she said. “As soon as I made the decision, things just blossomed for me.”

Today, Brown holds one-on-one sound healing therapy sessions out of her home-based studio. A typical session lasts 60 to 90 minutes, with Brown tailoring the approach and techniques used to the client’s needs and preferences.

“Each individual’s experience may be different, but overall sound healing leads to relaxation, emotional well-being, alleviation of tension and aches and pains, and reduced stress,” she said.

Brown’s practice is mobile, and she will travel to clients’ offices, yoga studios, chiropractic clinics and integrative health and holistic venues for treatments and workshops. She said some of her most rewarding work is the group therapy she does with dementia patients at a local senior home.

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While Brown acknowledged that sound healing may seem a bit “woo-woo” to some, she noted that sound regularly is used in conventional medicine, such as the use of a specific pitch to break up kidney stones and the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool.

“My goal is to help others use sound for self-care, personal growth and to heal,” she said.

l Know a business in operation for less than a year that would make a good “Ground Floor”? Let us know. Contact michaelchevy.castranova@thegazette.com.

At a Glance

• Owner: Natalie Brown

• Business: Sounds Heal Studio

• Phone: (319) 530-7449

• Email: soundshealstudio@gmail.com

• Website: www.soundshealstudio.com

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/soundshealstudio

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