David has been an audio designer, sound engineer, meditation teacher and energetic practitioner for over thirty years.
In 1980, David broke his back in a car accident and he lost the ability to walk. His doctors wanted to fill him with pain-killing drugs and perform spinal fusion surgery. But, David refused it all. Instead, he chose to try to recover by using an energy-based meditation technique that he had been practicing for ten years. He used the technique to slow down his breathing to create a deep state of relaxation and then to direct his body’s vital force to the injured areas of his body. Before long, David could move his legs and he was in a lot less pain. He walked out of the hospital with nothing more than a cane.
David recovered at home for about six months. He continued using the same breathing and meditation technique, and every day his condition improved.
During this time, David made another life-changing discovery. He found that when he focused his intention on the injured area while he was in this receptive state of mind, he not only relieved his physical symptoms, but he also experienced profound mental and spiritual benefits.
This miraculous experience inspired David to create transformational musical tools that would create the same kind of deep benefits he experienced while he was meditating
After his accident, David began using his compositional and production skills to develop and clinically test the therapeutic uses of music and sound. He began to utilize the breathing techniques together with certain musical structures to relieve both the physical and mental pain brought on by the stress of the accident. His success in both removing his pain and improving his condition showed him how music and the breath could play a substantial role in the therapeutic, personal transformational process.
Slowly, David discovered how to join meditation techniques, modern harmonic theory, ancient musical traditions, and the art of recording with various therapeutic methodologies. By blending Ayurvedic, Chinese and the best of Western healing practices, the sciences of endocrinology and neurobiology, the energetic system of the body with the Science of Sound, a bridge between the worlds of art and science was created, and the Ison Method was born.
Today, David Ison is internationally recognized as a pioneer in extending the healing effectiveness of sound, meditation and self realization.
He is a published author, the creator of the Musical Body, The Harmonizer and the Ison Method, along with dozens of other transformational musical programs. His music and the Ison Method are used daily by health care professionals as well as interested individuals. David’s music is the medical profession’s consistent choice when they need stress reducing, transformational music.
David’s work has been extensively researched by some of the most prestigious medical institutions around the country and the world. In 1999 the National Institutes of Health published a three year study on his music, which clinically validated the music's capability to bring about the relaxation response within the listener-- as well as demonstrating that the music led to a significant reduction of a wide variety of symptoms.
As a meditator, David has a life long interest in the evolution of consciousness and the mechanics of personal choice. He teaches meditation both privately and to groups, concentrating on bringing self actualization techniques into drug rehabilitation and domestic violence facilities.
An accomplished organic chef, Ison also owns and operates The Good Life Cafe in Carlisle Pa, www.thegoodlifecafe.com, an organic gourmet restaurant and live music venue, dedicated to sharing the values of local and sustainable living. David enjoys making music for the mind and body, food for the soul and continues to expand the boundaries of consciousness with music, meditation and conversation.
At their Common Health Building, which houses the Café, Therasound’s studios and his business partner Ruth’s Keystone Wellness Center, Ison teaches meditation and enjoys working with clients on a long term basis, overseas the Café ‘s kitchen and continues to explore the effectiveness of sound and music, creating new compositions with his long time collaborator Paul Wegemann. David regularly lectures and conducts training workshops on the Ison Method of Emotional and Spiritual Balance at conferences and medical centers around the country.