Music and healing merge with Sound Immersion Sessions

I was skimming through the list of music events lined up for this weekend when I ran across something that caught my attention: Sound Immersion Sessions… Tibetan Singing Bowls & Planetary Gong.

Now, I’ve seen my share of unusual band names through the years, but this one definitely stood out among them. Well, it turns out it’s actually not a band name, but the name of an event where music is used to heal the mind, body and soul. The sessions will be held 7 p.m. Friday, March 22; 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, all at the Phoenix Virtue Temple in Shreveport.

Special guest and massage therapist Joy Clemons provides vibrational healing using a gong and about 11 or 12 traditional Tibetan singing bowls, made from five to seven metals each. Participants are directed to lie down on the floor as Clemons plays the instruments.

“The songs that come out are amazing. They’re designed to work with you on a superficial level at first and then as you relax, they get deeper,” Phoenix Virtue Temple Tai Chi and Qigong teacher Janis Gabriel said.

Basically, the idea is that the vibrations of the music flush out all of the bad chi or energy and open the body up for all of the positive energy. Yeah, it may sound like a far out concept for some, but it’s not totally far-fetched.

This weekend’s sessions will mark Clemons’ second visit to the Shreveport area. “She first came about three months ago and we tried to talk her into moving here,” Gabriel said with a laugh. “The best way I can describe it is that it felt like pure bliss was moving through my body.”

Sessions are $25 each.  Space is limited to 30 people per session and reservations are required. Call Gabriel at (318) 834-0445 for reservations.

Photo note: The image used in this post are from the Denver Botanic Gardens website and have been used for purposes of promoting this event. If you own this image and would like it to be removed, please contact Donecia Pea at


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