Welcome to ISTA – The International Sound Therapy Association
Promoting the Benefits of Therapeutic Sound

Simple Steps to Harness the Power of Sound:

Become aware of the words you speak…

Are they gentle or do they have sharp edges?

Become aware of the sound in your environment…

Are the sounds giving you energy or depleting your energy?

Become aware of the background music as you have your meal

Is it soothing or agitating to your digestive system?

Please take a moment to consider a tax-deductible donation to International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA) on December 3, 2019 known as “GIVING TUESDAY.” With your contributions, ISTA will be taking the Healing Power of Sound to another new level with events lining up you will not want to miss! Thank you in advance for your contributions.

The Gift of Giving
By Don Simmons, ISTA President

There is a powerful message to the human psyche when you give. The “Giver’s Glow” is a measurable sensation in the brain that reduces stress and lessons the symptoms of depression. According to multiple studies when you give of yourself, either through donations or volunteerism, the brain produces multiple happiness chemicals like dopamine, associated with euphoria, and oxytocin, relating to tranquility and inner peace. One study, published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2013, reported that “giving time and assistance to others reduced the mortality risk tied to stress, a known risk factor for many chronic diseases.”

The holiday season and the last quarter of the year and the last year of the decade are also high times of stress. Even with families with great relationships, there is always some form of stress attached to it. Just going to the grocery store where lines are long and people’s patience are short, in addition to the rising cost of food items can add stress to life. Depression is known to be highest at this time of year also when we are generally in a time of reflection. Perhaps we are reflecting about someone close who passed away, or fond memories of childhood days without the burden of responsibility or personal difficulties like; a lack of employment, a habit that has turned into an addiction or realizations of another year passing without accomplishing your secret desires.

It’s important to identify to whom you are giving that helps you feel better about your donations. Any giving you do is good, but look for organizations that are certifiable non-profits like a 501(c)(3) where your donations are tax deductible and with organizations that make you feel good and make a difference in the world. At the International Sound Therapy Association, (ISTA) we are blending science and ancient wisdom to research and implement healing techniques using sound to help anything from Alzheimer’s disease to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sound and sound therapy is rapidly becoming the medicine of the future as evidence of books such as “The Healing Power of Sound” by Dr Mitchell Gaynor, former Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York. With a donation to ISTA you would be supporting a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, promote and facilitate the healing power of sound around the world. All donations go directly to the research and implementation of healing sound programs as this is an all volunteer organization founded in 2005. With your contributions, you a part of ground breaking technology and methods of healing that one day will be common knowledge.

Taking early action can help chase away the holiday blues. Consider your end of the year donations and give to those causes that mean something to you or something that makes you feel like you are helping someone. Don’t let the holidays get the best of you. Give and you will be doing something good for someone else and helping yourself at the same time.



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Learn and Experience the intervals! 

This presentation by ISTA’s TSC graduates:




By ISTA Contributor, Jen Wilson

Alfred Tomatis was a French physician and specialist in otolaryngology, who began working with understanding the function of the human ear and the importance of listening for over forty-five years. In this connection we will look at his discoveries of sound, which ‘charge’ the listener. Tomatis found that sounds that contain high frequency harmonics, such as those found in Gregorian chants, are extremely beneficial. It is these high frequencies around 8000 Hz, which are capable of ‘charging’ the central nervous system and the cortex of the brain. In many of the sacred chants of the different tradition, the main output of high frequency harmonics are dominant, which offer stimulation to the brain.

Tomatis himself discovered this when he was called to help a Benedictine monastery, where the monks were suffering of fatigue and depression. He found out, that their usual six to eight hours of chanting – due to a new decree –  had been ceased, and within a short period of time the monks were unable to perform their many duties. When Tomatis re-established their daily chanting, the monks were soon able to continue their rigorous schedule of work and prayers.
For Tomatis, a major aspect of the therapeutic effects of vocal harmonics lies in the conduction of the bones, which are stimulated by resonance of around 2000 Hz. He said:

The sound produced is not in the mouth, not in the body, but, in fact, in the bones. It is all the bones in the body which are singing and it is like a vibrator exciting the walls of the church, which also sing.
Bone conductions actually amplifies the sound through resonance of the cranium and the skull.

According to Tomatis, bone conduction stimulates the stapes muscle of the ear, which he believes is the key to stimulating and charging the brain. Tomatis himself managed with a small amount of sleep, less than four hours a night. He attributes this to his listening to sound, which are rich in high harmonics.

by Jen Wilson  http://www.transformationalsoundtherapy.com/

New Year invitation from Jen:
Book a call with me here for a chat, a taster sound or voice healing session with my beautiful 432Hz crystal singing bowl, or to dive deeper in to the fascinating world of crystal sound and voice healing 🙂

ISTA in the News

Mandara Cromwell is the Founder and Board President  of ISTA , producer of Cymatics – The Science of Sound and Vibrational Healing Annual Conference, CEO and President of Cyma Technologies, Inc., and 2013 Nominee for the Thomas Edison Award for Innovation in the fields on Science and Medicine for the AMI 750.

In addition to educational and community outreach, ISTA maintains a medical research board for data collection proving the efficacy of sound therapies. The ISTA research database serves as a bridge to western medicine and gives medical professionals the confidence they need to refer their patients to qualified sound therapists.