Whether it's Mozart or Motown, music affects us all in different ways.
Sound therapy deconstructs music into pure sound, harnessing the knowledge that sound can have a powerful effect on our emotions.
Sound therapists believe that we are all made up of different energy frequencies. They use sound frequencies to interact with these, thus attempting to rebalance the body's energy.
The science of sound is an ever-evolving and vast study. It is documented as far back as the sixth century BC when Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras constructed mathematical properties of stringed instruments. Sound waves, whether heard audibly or at such a high frequency that they cannot be heard by the human ear, have been constantly investigated over the years by scientists, engineers, doctors. Pythagoras is credited with being the “Father of Mathematics”. He is also credited as being the “Father of Geometry” as well as the “Father of Music”. He discovered the musical intervals and taught that you could heal using sound and harmonic frequencies, today's modern Ultrasound technology.
Healing with sound dates back as far as ancient Greece… Apollo was the god of
both music and medicine (a strange, but viable combination). Aesculapius was believed to cure mental disorders with songs. The philosophers Plato and Aristotle both claimed that
music affected the soul and the emotions. Hippocrates played music for his patients, too.
A 2006 study done by the Journal of Advanced Nursing supplied evidence that those who listen to music feel less pain and are generally happier and less inclined to stress and anxiety than those who don’t. Music is therefore not only a tranquilizer of sorts that soothes our emotions, but it also a painkiller.
Gong baths and gong bath therapy have been used longer than any other instrument for holistic sound healing. The technology in creating and tuning the gongs to specific frequencies bringing about the transition of cellular realignment through the medium of sound. The pure penetrating sound waves of the healing gong will enable you to break free of old patterns and regenerate and re-balance yourself.
Drumming is particularly effective in producing a highly concentrated focus; a number of studies have shown that listening to the beat of a drum causes the brain to slow down into a trance-like state.” Reduced blood pressure,Immune boosting and stress reducing, Reduced pain: Improves socio-emotional disorders.
Singing Bowl Therapy
Dating back as far as the 12th century, singing bowls have been used throughout Asia for meditation, ritual, and ceremonial purposes. The sound produced by these metallic bowls is quite similar to a gong or a bell. Used in sound healing therapy, singing bowls are believed to calm and repair the mind as well as reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure,
improve breathing and circulation, alleviate aches and pains, strengthen the immune system, and improve the mood of the patient.
Tuning Fork Therapy
Just as with musical instruments, tuning fork sound healing therapy puts our body-soul dynamic back in sync using calibrated tuning forks that are applied to specific points on the body. Picture this as being similar to acupuncture without the pins. These forks will apply specific vibrations to certain areas of the body, which is said to release tension and open blocked
energy. This type of healing with sound brings emotional balance and pain relief.
Native American Flute
This a favorite in music therapy, because on top of emitting a very calm and emotive sound, it’s believed to significantly reduces stress, lower the heart rate and blood pressure, and alleviate anxiety and depression. Most who use this instrument in sound healing therapy also use it to center patients and promote internal harmony.
A creation of the Aztecs, a rain stick is mostly a dried out cactus with small, hard objects such as stones or seeds sealed inside, producing the sound of falling rain. It is used to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, and to promote serenity and relaxation. Using it (as with drums) is quite therapeutic, and the sound of it will give your mood a boost in the right direction.
Whether you are looking for an alternative method of healing to coincide with traditional medicine, or are simply looking for a new way to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate your mind, sound healing has so many possibilities that you are guaranteed to find something that suits you (even if it is only recreational).
Sound therapy can be maximized when used in conjunction with meditation. It is no secret that one of the single most prevalent causes of illness and dis-ease is stress.
Pregnant women are not advised to undertake sound therapy