Francesca Secolonovo - My passion for Sound & Yoga
The Spa Industry certainly has a lot of wonderful, sometimes quirky treatments! Our bloggers for the Welcome to our World section are seasoned spa workers who have ‘been there and got the t-shirt’ (not to mention the tapping hammers, singing bowls, lava shells, hot stones and salt crystals to boot…) and who are keen to share their experiences with you.
This blog features Francesca Secolonovo who writes about her fascinating journey into the world of working with sound bowls and the benefits they have had both on herself and her clients. If this is something you’re interested in…then this is one you’ll want to read!
I have been within the spa and wellness industry for 15 years but within that time my role has changed considerably from spa therapist, spa concierge to now a yoga teacher and sound therapist.
The last considerable change happened as my life was flipped upside down in April 2017 when my father passed away due to cancer and I was left completely heartbroken and lost with no sense of direction in my life.
After a few months of trying to deal with the void (and dealing with it badly), I decided to follow the calling I have had for the last seven years or so to visit South East Asia. So, I packed my backpack, bought my one way ticket to Bangkok, and with no expectation and had no idea of what I thought I would achieve or how long in total I would go for….off I set. All I did know was that it would be just me, myself and I.
To make a six-month story short I learned to purely trust my intuition. It’s the only thing I had to guide me and I just went with it. I meditated heavily and decided to complete my 200 hr Yoga teacher training followed by my Sound Healing training with Lola Lhamo when I got back to London.
I suppose I have always felt a genuine calling to be of service, to others and for me there is nothing more satisfying. However, also for me, promoting ones wellbeing isn’t just about feeling good. It is about how we think, the words we use, how we treat others and ourselves, our ability to love and our willingness to continue to grow and learn.
Learning to deal with our thoughts and emotions in a positive way and acceptance in the flux of the ying and yang, light and dark and in a way to learn how to flow like water in this thing we call life. I truly believe Yoga and Sound helps us do just that as they work on a truly deep cellular level and the more you practice Yoga the more you realize Yoga is so much more than what you do on your mat. You realize you slowly begin to integrate the lessons into your everyday life.
For a moment put aside all the mystical logic or any form of logic in fact, as to how and why something works because in the end you cannot deny how something makes you feel. If something leaves you feeling happy with an increased sense of peace and clarity the logical part simply becomes irrelevant.
Sound Therapy is relatively new to us here in the UK, but has been practiced for centuries in countries like Tibet. So I’m glad to see that we are finally catching on to the wide and varied benefits that sound therapy offers. I offer one to one and group Sound Healing sessions where I incorporate breath work (pranayama techniques), meditation and sometimes some group OM chanting.
I personally love sound therapy and have always been really connected to music, so it makes total sense how sound can affect us on so many levels. I saw and most importantly felt the benefits instantly, and from my first experience I chose to become a Sound Therapist. Sound healing gives us the opportunity to really tune in and to reconnect to ourselves. Especially in a hectic city like London where stress, anxiety and depression is on the rise. The sound and vibrations of the Full Moon Singing Bowls, which I use, allow us to truly relax at a very deep level.
The benefit of Sound and how it affects us is a never-ending list. Sound affects us physically, energetically and spiritually. The sound of the bowls transform our active Beta brain waves to a calmer and more meditative Alpha or Theta. This is perfect for people who naturally find meditation challenging. Naturally being in a more relaxed state also activates our rest and digest parts of our nervous systems, known as our parasympathetic nervous system. This alone reduces the stress on our heart, immune and digestive system as its role is to heal and restore any damage that has been created.
The bowls are also tuned to chime a specific note and frequency, which correspond to our Chakras. Our Chakra system is made up of seven wheels of energy that run from the base of our spine up to the crown of our head. The frequencies and vibrations of the bowls effect every cell in our body releasing any energetic blockages which can bring emotions to surface. The frequencies are also recharging and balancing our chakras so our energy, chi or prana may flow more freely.
People have quoted how they experienced a feeling of loosing sense of space and time and in the end of the session feeling inspired, light in energy and a feeling of utter peace.
I love how there are so many talented people out there making a difference in the wellbeing community and I feel truly grateful that I have met so many amazing practitioners and how we have come together to create events, workshops, retreats and classes to spread the awareness.
However, the most rewarding part of my career is being able to create authentic beautiful connections with people and being able to hold a safe space which allows them to dive deeper into themselves and heal at a deep cellular level.
I would recommend working in the spa and wellness industry but accept thatit is not for everyone. That’s because it needs true commitment and passion that comes from a place of love. Obviously depending on which avenue you take certain roles are more physically demanding and challenging then others. However, what you can be sure of is that you are making an actual difference to someone’s life no matter how big or small. That is as a reward is priceless and the best thing that anyone within this industry can hope for.
Find out more about Francesca's journey here