The International Sound Therapy Association’s purpose is to promote the benefits of therapeutic sound by providing an educational forum and activities for sound therapists, musicians, healing arts practitioners, and the general public.
ISTA provides a local forum for the dissemination and sharing of cutting edge educational information and research on sound therapy modalities and new ways to use ancient therapies, in order to advance the understanding of the therapeutic benefits of music, sound and vibration.
What is Sound Therapy?
Sound Therapy is defined by ISTA as:
“The application of sound to the full body or to a specific part of the body, from electronically-generated sound sources, or from musical sources, as therapeutic support by a credentialed Sound Therapy practitioner.”
– International Sound Therapy Association
Events and Outreach
As an organization ISTA is dedicated to bringing you the best in sound healing, experience, and therapy through our community outreach and events. Check out our Events page
Board of Directors
President, Board of Directors
Don Reed Simmons is a pioneer in the world of Sound Therapy and has been the President of ISTA since 2009. Simmons’ journey in Sound Therapy began years ago growing up on a farm listening to sound of cows mooing in the early morning. It was that very sound that soothed his nerves when he found himself in a life threatening hospital moment in his his early 20’s. After many years in radio as an announcer and the film industry as a producer/director, Simmons took a deep dive into his passion of helping others.
With ISTA, Simmons has taught Sound Therapy to over a thousand students through the years. He created GB2, (Gongs, Bells & Bowls) an outreach program for ISTA; and the Sacred Sound Ministry, a program teaching the power of Sound as a prayerful, healing modality. He has co-hosted numerous Sound Conferences since the inception of ISTA and has performed at countless venues, performing and teaching the Power of Sound, from churches, to Hospice Care Centers, to Parkinson’s hospital care centers, to cancer support groups, to children’s autism centers and many, many more.
Having trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and a Hawaiian Shaman Spirit Guide, Simmons has been a life long meditation practitioner, teaching meditation, mindfulness and compassion with the use of Sound as a modality of relaxation, balance and wellness since 1994. He has been a speaker many times on the subject of Meditation and the power of Sound.
To discover more about Don Reed Simmons you can find information on his website:
ISTA Code Of Ethics
Code of Ethics
This code of ethics is a summation and declaration of acceptable, ethical, and professional behavior by which all members, certified practitioners, and instructors agree to conduct the practice, teaching, and business of Therapeutic Sound. I agree to uphold the ethical goals set forth in the following. I will:
Conduct myself with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person. The primary commitment is to the client / student, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
Do no harm in thought, word, and deed.
Encourage diversity actively by respecting all clients / students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, politics, sexual orientation, or social status.
Be honest in all professional interactions, conduct myself in a conscientious manner, maintain honest and accurate records, hold in confidence personal information and use judgement in sharing this information.
Continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to education and personal development, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, students, and the public.
Recognize the scope of practice, when appropriate refer clients / students to seek alternative advice, treatment, instruction, or direction.
Create and maintain a safe, clean, comfortable environment, with high standards of personal hygiene on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, and energetic.
Respect and honor all persons, refrain from words and actions that constitute sexual harassment, gossip or politics. Never engage with any sexual conduct involving clients / students.
Surrender to something greater than ourselves. Create harmony within, to relationships, to the environment, and to others. Where there is harmony (harmonic resonance), consciousness can expand, leading us to a natural revelation of insight into the nature of being, and joy naturally arises.