Alexander Tuttle spent the majority of his 20s performing popular music in a band, now he creates sounds with different instruments including crystal bowls and gongs in an effort to provide participants a healing sound journey.
Tuttle performed his Sound Journey through the chakras experience at The Living Room on Saturday, focusing on vibrations and the different reactions that sounds elicit.
Tuttle turned to an Eastern approach to healing and wellness after witnessing a life-changing experience at his work in which two individuals that he was working with got into a heated argument about a production issue. Tuttle explained that one of the men became furious and nearly lost control of his temper, while the other, Greg, remained calm and steady throughout the ordeal. When Tuttle questioned his co-worker about how he was able to maintain such composure, Greg simply replied that he felt bad that the other man had to experience such visceral impulses.
Tuttle explained that Greg attributed his composure to his study of Eastern philosophies, which prompted Tuttle to seek the same inward and outward approaches that Greg had used.
Tuttle said that he studied indigenous cultures and their sound healing approaches in his 30s and eventually attended the Sound and Consciousness Institute in San Francisco in 2007.
Tuttle’s course of study at the institute lasted for five weeks, with 13-hour days. Following his return to North Carolina, Tuttle opened a private practice, Human Re-Creation LLC, in 2008 and began offering performances and private sessions.
While in San Francisco, Tuttle said that he learned the difference between scientific approaches to wellness and healing, based on concrete evidence, and shamanistic approaches, meaning things that can’t be explained by words.
“I found that music has such an impact on wellness,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle creates sounds with basic instruments that create vibrations, which allows participant’s bodies to absorb the energy. Tuttle explained that following sessions, participants will come up to him and detail their physical or mental reactions to the sounds, which he is then able to convey in term of energy blockages.
“Nothing can hide from vibrations, everything is made up of vibrations,” Tuttle said of the organic approach that his sessions take.
Each of the instruments that Tuttle uses is directed towards one of the seven main chakras, which include the root of the spin, naval, bottom of the rib cage, heart, throat, the third eye in between the two eyes and the top of the head.
“It helps them get an idea of where they have an emotional blockage,” Tuttle said, adding that he always goes in the order of the chakras.
Tuttle explained that his approaches deal with both mental and physical illness and how those illnesses are sometimes suppressed.
“Sound journey is on the introductory level to teach people that this sound stuff is real,” Tuttle said of the performance that he gave on Saturday.
Tuttle started off his performance with a basic exercise that required participants to cup their hands together without actually touching for several minutes, which caused participants to notice a feeling of heat, which Tuttle described as subtle energy.
An example of subtle energy that Tuttle provided was when a child falls down and scrapes his knee and a mother blows on the wound, the child believes in their mother’s ability and the exchange of energy.
“I want people to understand that this isn’t voodoo stuff, I want the common person to be comfortable with this,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle said that his efforts in sound journey and chakra work is to work towards wellness instead of tackling illnesses as it arises.
“I go to great lengths to help people understand that this is wellness,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle’s next Sound Journey through the chakras event will be on Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.