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Therapy monochord

Your own body becomes a resonance chamber

The therapy monochord belongs to the family of body sound instruments. These are instruments which can be laid on the body or on which you can lie (sound bed) or sit (sound chair). The sound or resonances are not only absorbed by the ears but also transmitted directly from the instrument to the body.

So your own body becomes a resonating space.

One person plays the instrument, and one person experiences the sound, or “is played”.

Although you can put the therapy monochord on your belly and play it for yourself, it is of course much nicer and more intensive if another person plays for you.

Therapy monochord from the manufactory Meerklang
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Sound

Whereas the monochord is tuned to one note, the therapy monochord in addition to the various octaves of the root note also has 2 strings which are tuned to an interval of a fifth. The fifth is a very pleasing and harmonizing interval, which can be felt as both enlivening and calming at the same time.

It rounds off the sound of the monochord and is particularly effective when used in the direct transmission of sound to the body. Because of the tuning in 5ths the instrument is also known as the body tambura (Berhard Deutz, Klangwerkstatt).

When all the strings are set in motion at the same time a pleasantly rippling sound full of overtones arises which reminds the listener of a babbling brook or gently rushing waves.
The effect of the sound can be described in general as stimulating, lifting the spirits and at the same time relaxing. Besides that the sound can help to alleviate cramps and heighten the awareness of the body.
It is particularly noticeable that after just a few seconds the breathing becomes deeper and calmer.

Applications

In a similar way to working with singing bowls, all the body sound instruments can be used among other things for sound massages, trancework and sound healing. These instruments are mainly used in therapeutic work.

  • Music therapy

  • Sound massage

  • Singing bowl treatment

  • Sound healing

  • Psychotherapy

  • Trance work

  • Voice formation

  • shamanic work

  • Music therapy with children

  • Trauma therapy

  • Euthanasia

  • Sound meditation

  • Physiotherapy

  • Voice formation

In addition to the work on a physical level the therapy monochord can, like the monochord, be used in group work for sound journeys. The sound is strong enough to fill a small room.

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Three variants of the therapy monochord - manufactory Meerklang
The three variants of the therapy monochord: 66, 85 & 106 cm
Therapy monochord, variant 106 cm - Manufactory Meerklang
Therapy monochord in size 106 cm
Therapy monochord, detailed view - Manufactury Meerklang
Detailed view
Therapy monochord, view narrow side - Manufactory Meerklang
View narrow side
Therapy monochord reverse side - manufactory Meerklang
Back of the therapy monochord
Therapy monochord, application on the front - Mannufactory Meerklang
Application on the front, version 105 cm
Therapy Monochord, application back - manufactory Meerklang
Application on the back, version 85 cm
Therapy monochord, application on the back - Manufactory Meerklang
Application on the back, version 66 cm

Versions

The therapy monochord comes as standard in 3 different sizes. In all models, the support surface is curved inwards.

Length Width Height Tuning Number of strings Soundbed option Soundchair option
66 cm 24 cm 6 cm D/A 30
85 cm 30 cm 7 cm C/G 34 for children up to 85 cm for children and adults
106 cm 30 cm 7 cm A/E 34 for children up to 105 cm for children and adults

Design

Due to its inwardly curved back the therapy monochord fits comfortably on the body.

The therapy monochord has smaller dimensions than the sound bed or the sound chair, which makes it comparatively easy to transport. That means it is suited to therapy work or giving treatments “on the road”.

The Meerklang therapy monochord can easily be transformed into a sound chair or sound bed using the chair or bed extensions.

Delivery

  • Tuning wrench

Extra accessories

  • Bag

  • Tuner

  • Soundchair or -bed extension

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Therapy monochord, 66 cm

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Therapy monochord, 106 cm

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Therapy monochord, application example

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