Steffany Butts-Boucher
Sound Practitioner & Instructor
LSH, CSP, MFA, BFA

Additional Certifications:
Meditation Instructor
Aromatherapy Practitioner

EFT / Tapping Practitioner
Wellness Coach

Current Studies: NLP, Neuroplasticity & Breathwork, Sound Practitioner CE's

LSH, Licensed Spiritual Healer
CSP, Certified Sound Practitioner

MFA, Parsons School of Design
BFA, Western Illinois University

My Sound Story

My relationship with sound began when I was young while growing up in Crete, Illinois. When there were thunder & lightening storms at night, my parents would wake us up to build a little nest on the floor in front of the living room picture window and my dad would put an album on. We would watch the lightening storm coordinate with the music. The albums ranged from Mystic Moods Orchestra's One Stormy Night, to the Velvet Underground. When I was in elementary school, my parents felt it was important to play an instrument and take art classes; my studies in music began with elementary choir and the clarinet. I participated in solo recitals, band and orchestra until my senior year in highshool when I chose to direct my energy on art. As an adult, teaching at Parsons and living in Brooklyn, my dear friend and neighbor Wally Witcofski, or Wally Witco taught me how to play the accordion. I would spend sticky summer evenings playing under the Pulaski Bridge in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I loved the way the underside of the bridge bounced the sound around me and I could feel the vibrations of the accordion through my chest. It was at this time that I began building experimental string instruments and built my own theremin. The act of playing music has always been meditative and soothing; building instruments connected me more deeply to the root, the structure and anatomy of sound. Frequency, pitch, spectrum, hz, velocity, wavelength, phase, amplitude, timbre, envelope, resonance, overtone, damping, interference, harmonics, cymatics / visible sound. Sculpting space with sound is my passion. 

Sound can embrace a storm.

I began studying meditation and connecting to alternative healing practices following my experience living in NYC during 9-11. I was utilizing both acupuncture and meditation for my symptoms related to ptsd. I also continued to meet with Wally weekly and play the accordion. I moved to Colorado and Manitou Springs to be closer to nature. After moving to Manitou, I found I was triggered with the low-flying planes and began Emdr Therapy. Emdr therapy was a difficult and deeply healing process for me. Near the end of my therapy sessions, I talked with my therapist about wanting to utilize my trauma experiences to assist and empower others. I asked her if there were any practices she felt I may connect with; sound therapy was at the top of her list. I went and had a session and immediately fell in love with the practice. And so, I began my journey in studying sound as it relates to and affects both our environment and body. I intentionally looked for a program that not only connected with sound on a spiritual level, but was also rooted in the physical, human anatomy and physiology.

 

I would love to listen to your sound story! Let's have tea! 

Certifications

My sound practitioner certification and licensure included various levels of sound practitioner training, a lifetime study of both music & sound, client hours, professional ethics & code of conduct training, human anatomy & physiology, wellness coach training, singing bowl & gong bath training, plus training with singing bowls for meditation. I am certified in teaching meditation and have been practicing meditation since 2001. In addition, my twenty-plus years of teaching in higher-ed, k-12 and independently have served as a strong foundation as I work as a guide with others.  I have certifications in additional areas as well. Maintaining my license is an annual process of practice & education. I have a life-long love of learning that fuels my passion of science and sound. I provide my clients with a unique, individual experience so that they may leave each session with the intention that their voice may be heard, their heart may be validated, and their entire being may be empowered.  It is my umbrella goal, to empower others. My educational goals this year include continued studies in neuro-linguistic programing, neuroplasticity and breath-work. Each year, when I renew my license, I also include any new certifications I have completed within that year, as well as my required annual Sound Practitioner CE's. I am dedicated to this practice and it's evolution; it is an honor to be able to connect. 

Echo Studio - Sound Practitioner Mission

"My primary mission is to inspire, mentor and empower my clients to take full responsibility in promoting their own wellness by teaching them tools and techniques, which they deem as beneficial. My Secondary mission is that all sessions are optimally tailored to each client's self-identified, individual needs. The initial information session is free and serves as an opportunity for the client to learn about sound frequencies. My third mission is to empower my client to investigate and select the wellness modality that is optimal for them. The scope of my mission and practice includes the modalities of Wellness Coaching, Sound Sessions, Tapping and Aromatherapy. These unique modalities provide each client with individualized tools for energy clearing and deep relaxation so that they may take responsibility for their wellness. I do not diagnose, treat or prescribe. I do ask that clients consult with their primary caregiver or physician in connection to specific conditions prior to scheduling an appointment. I am always happy to provide resources and additional information for clients to share."