In a Resonant Silence Technique (RST) therapeutic session, single, gentle tones and simple musical phrases are played, emphasizing the vibrato and harmonics of each sound. Vibrato and harmonics have been shown to reduce the frequency of brain waves promoting deep relaxation. After each sound has been allowed to slowly and completely fade, a period of silence is observed. Silence has been found to be relaxing, restoring equilibrium and reducing brain wave frequency while lowering blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates. The use of a quieting environment, subtle sound and intentional silence is reported to help people with dementia feel less anxious, more relaxed and cooperative, emotionally appreciative, and empathetic with improved eye contact and communication. Other positive benefits include improvements in concentration.
Miriam Fein is the creator of RST. She holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music (BSM) from The Jewish Theological Seminary and is certified as a Cantor/Minister/Educator. She is also a Certified Music Practitioner. More about Miriam Fein