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Sound healing and meditation techniques help center before the holidays

Emma Kelleher leads a "sound healing" meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the Breckenridge library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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As the inevitable stress of the holidays draws near, it can feel overwhelming to balance work, personal life, and family obligations without turning into a Grinch. Thankfully, there are a variety of resources designed to assist with the blues, and that overall run-down, frantic feeling many experience around the holidays.

Chimes in hand, Emma Kelleher leads a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the Breckenridge library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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People settled into their yoga mats on Thursday evening at the South Branch Library’s Hopeful Room and let their stresses melt away as Emma Kelleher gave them a relaxing “spa day” for their brains. After a series of deep breathing exercises and gentle yogic stretches, Kelleher gently coaxed layers of sound from a variety of crystal quartz chakra and Tibetan singing bowls, Koshi chimes, and gongs. The effect was akin to ocean waves softly washing away tension and daily anxiety.

Emma Kelleher leads a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the South Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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People join in a “sound healing” meditation at the library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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Palms are outstretched as students are led in a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the South Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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Hands rest at heart center as students descend into relaxation during a “sound healing” meditation on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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People sit on their yoga mats during a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the South Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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In partnership with Building Hope Summit County, Emma Kelleher leads a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the South Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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A variety of instruments, including Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, are used during a “sound meditation” at the South Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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By utilizing a variety of frequencies, “sound bathing” has shown to have an effect on lowering blood pressure, muscle tension, and improving depression, and anxiety.
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Emma Kelleher leads a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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Students relax during a “sound healing” meditation with a variety of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls at the South Branch library on Thursday, Nov. 14.
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We all deserve a moment to re-center ourselves and get back on track as the demands of the holiday season ramp up. Building Hope Summit County is offering a variety of resources and free classes through the month of November.

For more information about Emma Kelleher and her sound therapy practice, please visit her website http://www.craftingtheelements.com


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