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According to Alfred Tomatis, the famous French neurologist, the first sense organs to develop in a human embryo are the ears and the first sensation a baby in-utero experiences is its body resonating with the vibrations of the mother’s voice.
Andy Zadrozny has developed a technique that can reawaken your physical connection to sound. He teaches people to harness the primal sense of sound for relaxation, revitalization, developing extraordinary awareness, and for healing. At 7 p.m. on May 21, Zadrozny will give a demonstration of his “New Sound Yoga” session and let participants experience the Resonant Body Treatment Table.
The technique itself is documented in Hindu texts to be thousands of years old, dating to the origins of yoga. Zadrozny discovered the technique independently as a child and has practiced and taught it for years as a way of developing perfect-pitch recognition to musicians, and as a yogic practice for deep listening and meditation.
The technique involves focusing and directing sound vibration to any chosen part of the body. Zadrozny claims it is a powerful way to teach your body to relax.
His company has developed a device, called the “Resonant Body Platform,” that improves on the basic practice by allowing a person to perform the sound yoga technique on another person’s body.
“When I was seven years old, I was studying with a music teacher who discovered I had ‘perfect pitch,’” Zadrozny said. “We worked together for almost two years developing that skill. I’d always been told I had a ‘gift,’ but to me it was more like a magic trick.”
Zadrozny has been teaching a yoga practice called Resonant Body and has been treating clients for almost 10 years. He considers himself a “sound healer.” The type of yoga practice, he says is rare. “It is the new yoga of sound,” he said.
The benefit is extraordinary awareness, Zadrozny said.
The practice is three things: It’s sound yoga for its own sake, it’s the ultimate musical ear training practice, and it’s using sound vibration for healing and wellness.
In the first category, sound yoga and the awareness it brings enhances other kinds of activity: Hatha yoga, Alexander Technique, martial arts, sports, Pilates, etc.
In the second category, it is the development of perfect pitch. It is a total ear training program, including tonal awareness, metric/rhythmic coordination and music theory.
In the third category it is alleviating pain by using sound vibration. Zadrozny has worked with physical and emotional trauma, injury and post-surgical recovery.
“In everyday life, people are constantly bombarded with noise, and with harmful vibration they can’t hear and may or may not be able to feel. We protect ourselves by putting up armor and holding tension in our bodies, to prevent our bones and tissues from resonating with noise. After a while tension seems normal, we forget how to let go. At this stage you may notice a strange disconnection with your own body and begin to pay attention, maybe look into body work or other things. If not, it gradually gets worse until there’s chronic tension that leads to medical conditions. My bottom line is that everyone can use this technique for something that’s important to them,” Zadrozny said.
There are many practical uses for the Resonant Body Platform:
• Teaching sound yoga as a practice
• Teaching pitch recognition in musical ear training
• Sound massage can alleviate pain, stiffness, and increase mobility and flexibility
• Restoring specific body awareness to Parkinson’s patients, trauma victims and people recovering from surgery and injuries.
• Helping people develop extraordinary awareness of their bodies and their surroundings
• Deepening disciplines like yoga and meditation
• Enhancing wellness modalities like massage and Pilates
• Enhancing sports and martial arts performance
• Sound healing. Medically, sound vibration therapy has been shown to have many benefits, including encouraging cell propagation.
Mullein Leaf Massage owner, Michelle Harkey said, “Many of us live life disconnected from our body to varying degrees, whether from trauma or just the stress of everyday life. Becoming aware of the messages our body gives us each day is a key component to vitality..”
Zadrozny works out of his home in Santa Fe, but is considering a possible, permanent move to Los Alamos. To make an appointment, contact Zadrozny at 206-748-0153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mullein Leaf Massage is located 3500 Trinity Drive, suite A-5, 695-2095.
Mandy Marksteiner and Gina Schultz contributed to this report.