What is vibroacoustic therapy?
Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) is a safe, drug-free, non-invasive approach to reducing pain and anxiety and improving quality of life. VAT uses sound to produce vibrations that are applied directly to the body.
Primary Characteristics of VAT:
Deep tissue low-frequency sound massage using audio waves in the range of 30Hz-120Hz to stimulate muscle healing and relaxation.
Therapeutic music induces vibro-tactile input to stimulate the nervous system leading to relaxation and enhanced blood flow.
Decreases generalized pain
Improves circulation and reduce blood pressure
Stimulates lymphatic flow
Promotes sensory awareness
Reduces nausea, fatigue, depression, headache, and anxiety.
Calms and soothes restless behavior
Treatment Session Information
What to Expect
During the vibroacoustic therapy process, a client lies on the specially designed mat that is embedded with speakers or transducers which transmit sound into vibrations that travel through the body. You may undress to your level of comfort or just remove your shoes. Cover with a sheet or blanket and enjoy your session. Each Session is 30 minutes in length.
Example of VAT set-up.
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