Psychophany (voice therapy)

Published by Sarah Horrocks
Published on 22 January 2009

Psychophony or voice therapy is something anyone can undergo to understand yourself better and even change the way you react to situations.

The origins of psychophony

Marie Louise Aucher, a musician and singer, discovered the vibratory connection between sounds and the human body in the 1960s. She set up a scale of sounds linked to the energy points of traditional Chinese medicine. Psycophony works the voice using singing exercises. It requires introspection while you work your voice, which allows you to better control the effects produced on the body. Marie-Jo Cardinale, the founder of the Psychophony College, claims that the therapy helps helps you find your path in life through how you use your voice.

How does it work?

All the approaches involve realising that your body is receptive to sound. Of course, no one particular can cure pain, but the energy that it emits helps relieve pain during the singing exercises. Psychophony also involves relaxation and usinga all five senses to heighten the benefits of singing, leading to a better understanding of your body.

Singing exercises are a way of expressing your feelings and emotions and understanding yourself better.

Who is it for?

This discipline is not just for musicians or people with good singing voices: it's meant for everyone, even if adults get more out of it. You are probably aware of prenatal singing, which is one of the uses of psychophony and has proven successful with pregnant women; and it has also had encouraging results with disabled and autistic children. People who are not ready to speak will find it useful as a starting point. It is also perfectly possible to combine different types of spoken therapy with sessions of psychophony.