Soothing Sound Healing

Soothing Sound Healing

The ancient technology of sound healing has been used for thousands of years by cultures around the world.Whether it’s in the form of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks, gongs, chanting or solfeggio frequencies, there is no denying that sound is a powerful tool for healing.

The premise of sound healing has to do with the concept of resonance, which is the frequency at which an objectnaturally vibrates. Everything in the universe is energy and that energy is vibrating at a certain frequency. All matter is simply energy that has been condensed to a slow vibration. This includes human beings. Every organ, cell, bone, tissue and bodily liquid, as well as the electromagnetic fields which surround the body, has its own natural resonance. 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. And given that sound is also vibrational energy, it no doubt has a powerful relationship with and effect on the human body.

The relationship sound has with matter and biological systems can be demonstrated through a process called entrainment. Entrainment can be described as a synchronization process in which one system’s motion or frequency entrains the frequency of another system. An example of this can be observed with pendulum clocks. It is said that in the 17th century, Christian Huygens, theinventor of the grandfather clock, left a room full of his clocks with their pendulums swinging to their own particular rhythm. The next day, the physicist returned to find that all of the clocks had aligned and were beating in sync with one another. This universal phenomenon of independent entities synchronizing to an external rhythm is the basis for many sound practices.

When listening to a sound bath of singing bowls for example, our brain waves become entrained with the tone of the bowls. As our brain waves shift down into an alpha state or even the consciousness-altering theta state, deep relaxation and remarkable healing can occur.  The relaxedalpha brainwave state can significantly increase, norepinephrine and dopamine, creating pleasant mental and emotional states, while the deeply relaxed theta stateactivates self-healing mechanisms in the body and promotes deeper intelligence and creativity.

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that people who attended singing-bowl meditations or sound baths reported a reduction in pain symptoms as well as less anxiety, tension, anger and feelings of sadness.

According to one of the researchers, Dr. Tamara Goldsby, PhD, “Everyone had reduced tension. And people who were new to the sessions had tension that was three times less than before experiencing the meditation bowls.”

Dr. David Simon, the medical director of the Deepak Chopra center in California, found that the sound from Tibetan singing bowls as well as chanting, chemically metabolized into endogenous opiates, which act as innatepainkillers and healing agents.

Sound also has the incredible ability to alter molecular structure. In 1988, The New York Times stated: “Sound shaped into a dazzling new tool can make, break, or re- arrange molecular structure.” This is because all matter is energy vibrating at different rates and by altering the rate of vibration, we can change the structure of matter. We see this with ultrasound technology which uses highly focused and fast vibrations to break up kidney stones.

The beauty of sound healing is that it’s able to work on many levels at once. It works on the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical bodies at the same time. And because emotional imbalances are at the root of many physical diseases, when we heal our emotional bodies, the physical symptoms oftentimes disappear. Sound can be used to clear blocked emotions, allowing energy to flow easily throughout the body. 

According to Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a New York oncologist and Clinical Professor of medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornel University and author of The Healing Power of Sound,  “If we accept that sound is vibration, and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, the way we understand sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system-the-healer within.” He says, “one reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”

Some of the benefits of sound healing include:

Increases radiance, energy and vitality

Removes energy blockages

Balances both hemispheres of the brain

Removes old patterns of beliefs, behavior and habits that no longer serve us.

Cleanses negative energy and emotions

Removes energy blockages and toxins

Stimulates circulation

Strengthens the immune system

Balances the nervous system

Connects you with your higher self

Provides deep relaxation

Reduces stress and anxiety

Improves sleep

Improves mood

Increases creativity, intuition and motivation