Sound can have a huge impact on our daily lives, mood and health. The soundtrack in aerobics class gets us moving, for example, while the one in yoga promotes quiet concentration. In other words, some sounds simply make us feel better than others. Whether our conscious minds are paying attention or not, our bodies take their cues from these sounds and rhythms, knowing when to get energized and when to slow down.
Lately a new kind of sound therapy, often called sound healing or vibrational medicine, has begun to attract a following:
Sound therapy uses different aspects of sound to improve your emotional and physical well-being. How it works depends on the method being used. A session may involve sitting or lying down while listening to music or sounds from a singing bowls, singing pyramids and ocean drums, or having vibrations applied using a special tool, such as a tuning fork. Regardless of the sound therapy method; all your required to do is lay back relax, remain still and quiet to let the sounds take effect.
Sound healing is effective in not only achieving a state of relaxation but, it also has a way of moving through blockages in the body. Sound Therapy has been known to help promote deep state of wellbeing, boosted immune system and stimulate healing to treat such conditions as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, clear sinuses, depression, sleep disorders, pain, autism and help cancer patients recover more quickly from chemotherapy.
The idea that sound affects the health of the mind and body is not new. Chanting and mantra recitation have been part of Hindu spirituality and the healing power of yoga for thousands of years. Using the human voice and objects that resonate to stimulate healing (think tuning forks and singing bowls), sound therapy is one of a growing number of subtle-energy therapies that make up the field of vibrational medicine. According to the law of physics, everything vibrates: the chair you’re sitting in, the food you eat, the rocks and trees.
“Whether or not we hear it, everything has a sound, a vibration all its own,” writes Joshua Leeds in The Power of Sound (Healing Arts Press, 2001).
That sound is called resonance, the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates. Each part of our bodies has its own natural resonance, and vibrational medicine is based on the idea that disease is a result of those natural resonances getting out of tune – whether due to stress, illness or environmental factors.
As opposed to the highly focused and fast vibrations used in ultrasound (a technology already employed in hospitals to break up kidney stones and check on the health of fetuses, for example), sound therapy works more gently – but just as powerfully – to return the body’s own vibrations to their natural states.
Sound therapy, many experts say, is at the cutting edge of healing. And soon, they insist, like yoga and meditation, it will enter the mainstream.
“I believe that sound can play a role in virtually any medical disorder, since it redresses imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning,” he writes in his book The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music (Shambhala, 1999).
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