Yesterday as part of the school holiday program with Family Based Care, Noah got to have a session on a monochord table. It is often called a 'sound bed' and has lots of strings underneath it which are played by a music therapist who also does 'toning' along with it - she sings the same tone as she is playing. I had seen it before with some other clients for work, and was interested to see how Noah would go on it.
The therapist who does it just got back from a 5 day seminar in the US and was very excited to tell me me how it is often used in psychotherapy and has helped people with a lot of things, not just for relaxation.
Noah really seemed to like it. At first he was sleepy as he hadn't really woken up properly yet, but after about ten minutes his eyes became very alert and aware and he seemed really relaxed. I guess you could describe it as sounding like a harp, but while you are lying on the bed you can feel all the different vibrations it makes, right through your body.
Noah had about 45 minutes on it and even I was feeling very relaxed just being in the same room as it! I also had a short go and was amazed as to how fast it made me feel totally relaxed.
I was thinking how great it would be for Noah's school to have one for all the kids to use every day. It's a pity they cost so much to make or buy.