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Q&A: Roxie Sarhangi, Sound Healer

By Sharon Hirschowitz, Global Head of Media & Communications for The International Luxury Hotel Association
25 January 2021
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Can you tell us about sound healing and its healing benefits?
Sound healing is an ancient healing modality. You can look at it as a meditative acoustic sound ‘concert’ that brings you to a state of deep relaxation, activating your body’s own natural system of self-healing. It is often called a sound meditation, sound bath or sound therapy. The sounds affect our brain waves to slow down to a profoundly relaxing and restorative state.

I play seven crystal bowls. They are tuned to the notes of the seven chakras/energy centers which help recenter us when we are out of alignment. They are also tuned to 432 hertz, the vibrational frequency of nature. I also play the symphonic gong, one of the oldest instruments. Its roots trace back to around 3500 BC. The gong is used to release tension and blocks in the body, stimulating a higher functioning of the glandular and nervous system. I often include Tibetan bowls along with a few other instruments. My sessions are open for those who have never taken part in sound healing to those who are regulars and want to dive deeper into this experience.

There are so many wonderful benefits of sound healing. It can help with anxiety, depression, stress, mood, physical pain and much more.

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It still fascinates me that through sound we can all connect beyond the mind. Sound is primordial – it is the very first vibration that ever existed. We can all be in one space listening to the music together, yet also have our own unique deep sound journey. It is a poetic and metaphoric experience of life itself.

How did you discover it? Can you tell us about your journey?
I have been meditating for about 11 years and understand the importance of bringing peace and calmness to everyday life. There was a time in my life when I was going through a particularly challenging time. I kept a curious spirit and was looking to discover new ideas to grow. I found sound healing during that transition. It brought me a sense of well-being, lightness and joy. I understood the profound effects it can have on a person and I wanted to share it. I became a certified sound healer practitioner in 2018. It still is a very transcendent and transformative experience.

How have hotels been incorporating sound healing events into their programming?
I had the honor of sharing sound healing at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood’s opening night party on the skyline deck under a large scale light sculpture by Janet Echelman entitled Dream Catcher. It was wonderful to have people walk by and want to learn more about what I was doing! People kept gravitating to the sounds and weren’t sure why, they just knew it felt really calming and good. I often share sound healing at their full moon celebrations as well. Guests of 1 Hotel are invited to attend. 

At Kimpton La Peer, I curated a special sound healing event at sunset on their rooftop in a glass room. The historic Culver Hotel invited me for their Artists in Residency series. We had a sound and art installation with my meditative artwork and a sound session. The hotel provided a lovely reception for guests of the session to connect before and after the experience. We did this twice last year.

Recently, The Proper Hotel in Santa Monica had me share sound healing with their staff. It was so special to help share relaxation and offer a new powerful way of healing to many that have never even heard of the modality.

Every luxury hotel has a unique way they like to incorporate the sessions. I like it to be a collaborative experience. Essentially, I share sound healing at inspiring and special locations. A physical space has a profound effect on how a person feels. When you walk into a beautiful lobby or room you can feel your mood shift. When you combine that with magical healing sounds, you truly are transported. That feeling stays with you long after the experience and leaves you with a powerful memory.

Are you offering any virtual programs right now that people can access?
During the pandemic I wanted to continue to support people. There was so much fear and uncertainty. I created a virtual program entitled 11 Days of Sound Healing. It involves sound healing, diaphragmatic breathing (deep belly breathing), and self-care activities for 11 Days. Each session begins with work from Persian Poets Rumi and Hafez to provide deep insight and inspiration. The program is now in its 4th iteration. It has connected souls from around the world at all different ages. It has been a transformative experience. I also lead monthly full moon sessions virtually.

In 2021 I plan on traveling to new inspirational and special locations to record sessions and provide live sound healing at hotels, fine art galleries, and in nature. It is truly an honor to share sound healing. Thank you for having me share more about the power of sound and how it can connect us.

Roxie Sarhangi
Instagram: @roxiesoundhealing
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Photo credits: Estaban Lopez

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