Crossed paths: I helped the QET booth at the New Life Expo. AJ walked by and stood a few feet away. He played the didgeridoo over a woman’s heart. I noticed I had a reaction to the vibrations of the sound. I asked him a question and he gave me one of his cards.
Issue: Even though I felt energized and strong, I still wrestled with letting go issues from my past. The old effects of my wind accident and some of my surgeries caused noticeable pain in my lower back and shoulders.
Initial resistance: (High) I never heard of or saw a didgeridoo prior to the expo. Out of all the different healing modalities I came across, I perceived this to be the most “out there”. Since AJ crossed my path and I had a brief positive reaction at the expo, I decided to give it a try.
What‘s the point?: The didgeridoo is a wind instrument made from hollow wood. The Aborigines commonly have used the didgeridoo for healing and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years. The vibration of the didgeridoo helps facilitate deeper meditative states, relaxation and healing.
Personal experience: My initial skepticism vanished after my first appointment with AJ. The experience was quite profound. I left relaxed and I was re-awakened to the power of sound. I consistently noticed different pockets of stress dissolve when in contact with the vibrations of the didge. After each session my body felt more balanced and aligned. My job was exceptionally stressful the first few months I met with AJ. I walked into a lot of sessions right after work completely on edge and in my head. I was always pleasantly surprised to leave refreshed and calm. The soothing benefits of the didgeridoo have helped me avoid shoulder surgery that was strongly suggested by my orthopedic doctor and have also helped my lower back. AJ is a skilled musician and healer. Breathing is an important aspect of each session. His breath is important because it helps create the sound; my breath is important because it helps open channels for healing. He intuitively uses different techniques in order to create a space of possible transformation. Although I regularly meditated prior to working with the didgeridoo, I’ve experienced deeper meditative states in my sessions. Some of the important revelations in those meditative states have been instrumental in my awareness to let go of certain issues holding me back.
Insights on the benefits of sound therapy:
Didgeridoo Sound Therapy for Women’s Health
by AJ Block
The journey of the musician deepens as he studies the vast world of sound and vibration. As I moved down this path, I awakened to a greater understanding of the power and healing properties of sound. In 2008 I began to play the sacred musical instrument of the aboriginal people of Australia, the didgeridoo. Through my commitment to this wind instrument, I have been given the opportunity to do healing work with many people, notably with women with irregularities in their menstrual cycle.
The vibrations channeled through the didgeridoo facilitate healing on a cellular level. A droning instrument, the didgeridoo’s fundamental tone sits on one low frequency while subtleties of sound, known as harmonics or overtones, modulate in the upper register. The tone of the didgeridoo is reminiscent of the sound of OM (or AUM), used as a healing vibration by yogis and monks throughout the world. Said to be the sound of the universe, those who chant OM and other mantra are opened to a sense of connectedness and wonder.
In my experience as a sound healer there were two notable occasions where I worked with women that had not menstruated for years. Each case developed into a series of private didgeridoo sound therapy sessions with the intention of returning to healthy regular menstruation. In both situations stagnant energy shifted, and each woman successfully began her return to a consistent cycle.
I first heard about the therapeutic effects of didgeridoo for women’s reproductive health through a friend who claimed to have had a healing experience. She was in Hawai’i one summer and had not had her menstrual cycle for four of her late teenage years. On the beach one night she encountered a man playing didgeridoo. The man, seemingly guided by intuition, approached her and played the instrument on and around her womb. She was open and receptive to his offering, although a bit mystified. Within a few days her menstrual flow returned for the first time in over four years.
The experience was transcendental, she explained, and she had become a true believer in the healing potential of the didgeridoo. Ten years after that experience, she asked me to do similar work on her. In her early thirties, she had not menstruated for close to three months. With clear intentions to reestablish the natural cycle of her body, I played the didgeridoo for an hour straight, focusing the instrument around her womb.
I believe that the vibrations channeled through the instrument allowed this woman to relax in a new way. The human body has powerful healing mechanisms that are often repressed by modern lifestyle factors such as stress, poor nutrition and lack of rest, among others. For some, the harmonically rich sound of the didgeridoo brings the mind and body into a state of deep relaxation, allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to do their work. In other words, I believe that our constant state of an active mind often prevents our bodies from reaching their full healing potential. Through practices like meditation we can bring self-healing into our lives. However, not everyone can make space in their life for a discipline such as meditation and even those that do practice often have trouble clearing the mind and focusing completely on healing. That’s often where healers do their greatest work. By holding healing space we help others connect with their healing potential. Perhaps this explains why this woman was not able to overcome the blockage of menstruation until she experienced deep relaxation during the didgeridoo therapy session. In fact, she was practicing meditation at the time but was going through a stressful period in her career and although she may not have noticed, I sensed a lot of external pressure in her life.
Immediately after the session she shared her experience. After a duration of relaxing into the sound of the didgeridoo she felt a lot of energy moving around. Notably she felt involuntary movements in her lower abdominal region. Three days later I heard from her that the session was a success. Her flow came back and with one or two more sessions together she had returned to a regular cycle.
My first experience working to support female reproductive health showed me a lot about the balancing effects of this healing practice. When an extreme case came to me a year later, I knew exactly what needed to happen.
I happened to overhear a female friend of mine talking with a group of women, explaining how she had not menstruated for a long time. I privately approached her afterward and shared the success of my experience and that I thought we could possibly find a solution.
In her early adult life this woman was diagnosed with endometriosis, a reproductive condition that is often addressed with hormonal therapy. She was on and off “the pill” for a long time and when we first met she had not menstruated for four years. We met for a private healing session on August 18, 2011. We clearly set the intention for healing and restoration and I then spent over an hour playing the didgeridoo on and around her womb. After the session she reported feeling a sense of discomfort, as if something great were stirring inside of her. She went home from that session and felt aches in her lower abdomen over the course of the next few days. On August 24, six days after our session together, she saw her first menstrual bleeding in four years.
The next month we met again. The healing work and results were similar. We had a session together and a week later she bled again, about 35 days after her last menstruation. The third and final session came a few months later. We agreed it would be a good way to give her body an added boost towards regularity. From that third session onward she has reported regular menstruation and to this day we deem the healing work a success.
The didgeridoo is a powerful instrument and through these experiences with women I have found that we all carry medicine within, most of us just don’t know we have it. I have been given this gift and now I feel compelled to share it. It is my hope that every human taps into his or her healing potential and shares it with those in need.