Sound healing involves using various types of instruments to create sounds that invoke a relaxing environment for the person being treated.
Some people find that sound healing sessions can help them feel more relaxed and in touch with their feelings.
A sound healing session is one where people listen to sounds created by the practitioner or by themselves. These sounds may involve chanting, singing, or playing instruments like drums or bells.
More popular methods include singing bowls, crystal bowls, and gongs.
More important than the sound itself is the frequency that the sound vibrates at. More on this later.
Does Sound Healing Work
Studies of rhythms and the brain have shown that a combination of rhythmic light and sound stimulation has the greatest effect on brainwave frequency, although sound alone can change brain activity 1.
Many believe that sound therapy helps relieve stress, improve communication skills, reduce depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other mental health issues, as well as enhance your overall quality of life.
Recently, there has been a growing trend in complementary and holistic medical treatments including yoga, massage and acupuncture.
However, the use of sound therapy, along with other alternative healing methods, is still somewhat novel and controversial amongst conventional doctors and their patients. But there is a groundswell among the scientific community that sound therapy can be a beneficial part of treatment.
While the evidence is still being gathered as to the efficacy of the treatment it is pertinent to point out that the US government, as far back as the 1950s, has been using music to treat servicemen and women.
In addition, it is becoming more and more mainstream with hospitals bringing sound therapy into their practices.
Thomas Budzynski, an affiliate professor of psychology at the University of Washington, conducted similar experiments with a small group of underachieving college students at Western Washington University. He found that rhythmic light and sound therapy helped students achieve a significant improvement in their grades.
Why Sound Healing Works
For those that believe that sound therapy works there are several theories behind their beliefs into why it works the way it does.
Acoustic stimulation or vibrations sent through the skin affect neurons within our brains, generating specific responses such as relaxation or arousal levels.
In fact, some researchers have found that vibration can trigger similar neurochemical effects (involving dopamine) throughout the brain like those caused by drugs like cocaine.
The body produces its own natural frequencies called “resonant frequencies,” often referred to as bio-sonic frequencies.
When these frequencies are matched to the right frequency produced by external sources, they effectively stimulate the receptors associated with the resonant frequency we experience.
It has been suggested that a person who practices meditation will begin to hear certain frequencies during concentration exercises. When these same frequencies match an outside source, the effect is much greater.
Other theories suggest that sound affect nerves in much the same way electricity does. This means that all cells have sensitive membranes which respond to various frequencies.
Where Does Sound Healing Come From
Sound Healing is not new, but it is becoming more accepted among many people who believe in alternative methods of medicine.
You can trace its source back to BCE Beyond the Common Era. In other words thousands of years before Christ.
Egyptians used sounds from flutes, drumming, bells, chants, whistles, horns and musical instruments to treat illness.
They believed that sound harmonies could realign the body and accelerate the healing process. To this end, they built many buildings with added distinct acoustic properties used solely for sound healing ceremonies. They added these characteristics to temples and even pyramids.
The most popular type of sound healing was that made by manipulating the sound of vowels, in their language. Known as Toning this made up the basis of their ceremonial chants.
The ancient Greeks were known as the first people to use music therapy on patients.
During the Renaissance, several physicians started experimenting with music’s healing power and began recording their observations about what they heard.
Moving forward to modern times, Western doctors began treating illnesses with acoustic vibrations. They noted how this helped them concentrate while performing surgery and other procedures.
In the 1950s, one doctor recorded the sounds he made during surgery and played them back to his patient through headphones. The patient reported feeling less pain.
What Can Sound Healing Be Used For
Sound healing or sound therapy has been used to treat
- anxiety disorders.
- mild depression.
- post-traumatic stress disorder.
- autism spectrum disorder and learning difficulties.
- behavioural and psychiatric disorders.
- sleep problems.
- reducing muscle tension and easing joints.
- chronic pain.
What Is Sound Healing Good For
Sound Healing helps calm the nervous system, relaxes muscles and promotes deep relaxation.
It also stimulates endorphins which produce feelings of pleasure. Because it stimulates the release of natural opiates into the brain, sound healing may help relieve pain.
It has been shown that some people who have difficulty sleeping find that listening to soothing music calms them down faster than taking any kind of medication.
According to an article published by Newsweek magazine, the International Society for Auras Research (ISA) found that ‘hearing tones. ..have definite effects on the autonomous nervous system.
It has been proven that when people listen to soothing music, they experience an increase in positive emotions.
Those who have negative thoughts can reduce them by listening to uplifting music.
Does Frequency Healing Work
Sound frequency healing does not use music as such to promote healing.
Instead, it is based on a number of frequencies that are “in tune” to the human body natural resonances.
Most practitioners of this method say that a single session should last anywhere from several minutes to half an hour.
Others report better results from staying much longer in one sitting.
Your results will depend upon how long time you spend in the sound therapy session. Try mixing the length of your treatments until you find a sweet spot. Unfortunately, there are no hard facts available as yet because research into this field is still in its infancy stage.
What Are The Sound Healing Frequencies
Different frequencies are associated with healing different aspects of us as humans. They act on the conscious and subconscious mind and stimulate healing both of mind and body.
Of these, a number are called Solfeggio frequencies that have gained more recognition and are believed to be more beneficial. I shall list these frequencies first below
What Are The 6 Solfeggio Healing Frequencies
- The 396 Hz frees us from feelings of guilt and from fear.
- The 432 Hz increases feelings of wellbeing and inner peace.
- The 528 Hz for DNA repair.
- The 639 Hz frequencies help repair relationships and reconnecting.
- The 741 Hz aid clarity and expression.
- The 852 Hz helps realign and strengthen the spirit.
Other Healing Sound Frequencies
- 40 Hz Stimulates memory function.
- 174 Hz reduces physical pain and alleviates stress.
- 285 Hz encourages the body to heal physical injuries quicker.
- 417 Hz frequency helps achieve change and reversing situations.
- 440 Hz elevates reasoning.
- 963 HZ helps achieve integration with the universe and our sense of singularity.
How Does A Sound Bath Work
In essence, a sound bath works with instruments creating sound waves which wash over the subject, usually while they are in a meditative state.
The sounds can be made by chanting, gongs, singing bowls both crystal and metal, flute, chimes and others.
The sounds can clear energy channels, balance the energy and bring the subject to a state of relaxation and harmony with their environment.
The bath is usually taken while lying down or sometimes seated.
The sound bath is especially useful to those that have trouble entering a meditative state, maybe due to anxiety or increased mental activity.
They can be group activities or completed alone.
What Is Sound Bowl Healing
This method works like a “mindfulness meditation” which has been shown to help relieve stress and anxiety as well as other physical ailments.
The meditation helps clear out negative energy built up in the meridians or channels (energy pathways) that run throughout the body. The meridian theory is based on the premise that every part of our bodies connects to another part via these channels.
The sound bowls or singing bowls are made from different types of crystal or brass and emit a long drawn out sound when struck.
The most famous of these bowls are made in Tibet and are exported throughout the world for their healing powers.
They are used to bring the person into the present to aid in meditation or can be used in sound bath healing. Both of which are enabling functions of this enchanting bowl.
They facilitate a quieter mind, essential for a mindfulness session.
What Is Shamanic Sound Healing
Shamanism is a spiritual practice that originated thousands of years ago among tribal peoples around the world. Today it’s associated with Native American cultures such as Cherokee, Lakota Sioux, and Navajo.
Shamans are healers who use their knowledge of nature, the spirit realm, animal totems and dreams for healing. In the past few decades, shamanistic practices have made an impact on mainstream society. Many people today seek out trained shamans when they need guidance, counselling or spiritual advice.
Shamanic sound healing takes place in a space controlled by the Shaman. It is this space that is key to the whole Shamanic healing process.
It is a part of a whole ceremony that the culture holds dear.
The process can utilise plant medicines, meditation, and different sacred instruments to alter your conscious state to allow the whole to heal.
The sacred instruments are used to envelop the ceremonial area with sound that alleviates stress and anxiety and relaxes and unblocks energy channels.
The instruments can include chants, chimes, flute, singing bowls and percussion.