The Beauty of Sound Bathing


March 8, 2024

Words by: Donna James

Photography by: Cari Letourneau

Experience the bliss and the benefits; no tub or water required 

When dealing with stress, sore muscles, and restlessness, slipping into a warm bath can help to wash away our worries and pain, but a sound bath, where neither tub nor water is required, might be an even better option. 

Sound therapy is a profoundly unifying, meditative practice that involves special techniques and instruments such as tuning forks, crystal singing bowls, and gongs. The results are immersive sounds and vibrations that promote healing inside and out. 

This holistic method can be traced back thousands of years to ancient civilizations in Greece, Egypt, and India. In Edmonton, soothing sound baths can be experienced at Wellness on Whyte, a healing sanctuary in Old Strathcona. 

Owner and senior practitioner, Geha Gonthier, was born in Vienna, Austria, and has always been drawn to healing and full-body wellness. Inspired by the quote, “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one single step,” by Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, Gonthier took a step that led to a decades-long journey studying Eastern Medicine, movement therapy, meditation, medical massage, nutrition, and other healing modalities. She’s travelled thousands of miles, studying, training, and apprenticing with healing experts in Europe and throughout the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, and Maui. 

In her mid-forties, Gonthier felt a calling to leave Maui for Edmonton. When she arrived, the city’s vibration made her want to stay. In 2011, she opened Wellness on Whyte, a sanctuary that combines her extensive training in Eastern and Western cultures in healing and wellness. 

By offering the most holistic approach possible, Gonthier and her professional team foster wellness and healing beneath the surface, effectively extending through the body, promoting external healing and rejuvenation. This is achieved through various methods, including yoga, acupuncture, reiki, massage, reflexology, homeopathy, and sound baths. 

The sound bath experience, often described as an intense nourishing nap combined with an inexplicable feeling of being tuned in, can be done individually or in a group environment. Participants have the choice to sit or lie down, although the latter offers the additional benefit of deeper sound frequencies and vibrations that will reverberate through the floor. 

In either position, a peaceful symphony of sounds and gentle vibrations washes over and through the participants, providing an effective form of frequency healing. These sound baths are often combined with other effective practices, such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and Qi Gong. For example, the popular Bubbling Spring service at Wellness on Whyte combines sound baths with acupuncture and tuning forks. 

In addition to sound baths, Gonthier and her team offer a wide range of other sought-after products and services, including an infrared sauna, yoni steam, hypnotherapy, and essential oils, to name a few.

For people considering an alternative option to surgery, the Natural Therapeutic Facelift Massage treatment could be the answer. The treatment consists of a combination of calming and effective therapies, including head and body massage, acupressure, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release with no downtime or visual signs of surgery. 

Having the freedom to choose personal health and wellness methods can be empowering. Holistic practices like sound baths, when used to wash away stress, are beneficial to both body and mind. So bring on those waves, and soak in the calming, soothing, relaxing results.

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