Today we’d like to introduce you to Aria Thome.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began sound healing technically when I began choral conducting, though I didn’t know I was doing it. Using the idea that we are all vibrations, I intuitively knew that our thoughts could be carriers of intention and necessarily affect those around us. I then worked with choirs with this knowledge constantly shading my artistry.
As I began to further delve into the music, particularly Gregorian Chants, I came to see the healing potentiality of the human voice to work not only at the physical level, but on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels as well, since those energies are also vibrations. I began to see cross-references to other forms of healing with the voice: Sanskrit chants, aboriginal chants, Buddhist chants… the list went on.
As I fervently explored, I came to see the value of using other instruments such as Tibetan Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Gongs, Drums, tuning forks, and more to facilitate self-healing and transformation in people through specific frequencies and resonance. I began healing with the voice and tuning forks and knew that I was just scratching the surface with these healing frequencies and their relationship to the body and its ailments.
When I moved from Arizona to St. Louis, I quickly sought out a more formal education and came across the Sound Healing Academy based in England. I was trained in levels 1 and 2 certification and deeper studies with level 2 tuning forks.
In two years, I found myself with my own business, Ariasound108.com, and also found myself reaching for the academy tutoring online students, and preparing to teach certification workshops in the St. Louis area. I know that I will only continue to fall down this rabbit hole as I begin to bring my Reiki training and other healing modalities into my sound practice.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road. I get asked constantly ‘What is sound healing?’ This is only because it’s a new, albeit quickly rising, wellness trend based on ancient healing modalities. I often answer that it is like vibrational therapeutics or vibrational acupuncture.
This seems to help people conceptualize it a bit easier. Really though, we are all vibrations: our memories, our past traumas, our future dreams. Our bodies are a physical manifestation of vibratory realities. So, I find that there’s a lot of pre-education needed before someone buys into the idea of sound healing.
I began my business once Covid began, and since my wellness space is a residence, many did not want to enter into a home, so with the unfamiliarity and wariness of entering someone’s home, business was slow to take off. With the virus waning a bit, business is steadily increasing, as word of mouth is healing to spread the message.
Word of mouth has been my greatest ally since sound healing is such a fringe healing modality.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work with healing sounds. That’s what I do. What does this practically mean? Let me take you through a typical sound healing session.
You would come into the wellness space and we would sit and I would do a sort of intake. What is bothering you? What are you struggling with? Is there any pain? How are you sleeping? Coping? Questions such as these. The more candid, the more I can actually be of healing help.
We would go sound room and through meditative means, I would bring you into a theta brain wave state (just between waking and sleeping). The conscious and subconscious are very susceptible to receiving sounds like this. I would do an energetic assessment to see where there are energy blockages.
Are your chakras depleted? Excessive? Flowing? I always balance one’s chakras in every session. I clean your aura, balance your autonomic nervous system, and assist through energetic means to process past traumas and memories. I would do all this with various instruments.
I am most proud of people’s openness and vulnerability to sounds. I believe what sets me apart is my deep desire to assist with one’s healing process. I deeply care about healing past wounds and living to one’s highest potential and raising the vibration of collective consciousness.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I don’t know if I have a favorite childhood memory, but I do remember my mother taking me to nursing homes and making me sing to the residents.
I remember their smiling faces and warm eyes and can remember how it felt to make a connection. When my mother explained how lonely some of them are, it deeply affected me. It became a sort of mission in a mine in life that nobody feels this way.
I would forever be for the marginalized.
- Sound Healing – 75 (hour +)
- Couples Sound Healing – 140 (hour +)
- Group Sound Bath – 150 – (75 min)
- Email: Aria@ariasound108.com
- Website: Ariasound108.com
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