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What Is Sound Healing?

Sound healing consists of using specific sound instruments like gongs, singing bowls, bells, chimes, and other instruments that produce sonic vibrations to balance and heal the mind, body and spirit. The process involves using specialized sound frequencies, produced by sound instruments, to create a therapeutic atmosphere to promote deep rest, nervous system rebalancing, and emotional release. 

Our entire world is made up of energy; energy that is produced from vibration. Our bodies are all made of that same energy/vibration. The very atoms that build our bodies are made of even smaller subatomic particles that exist as individual packets of light. These particles of light are characterized by different vibrational frequencies related to their location and functions within the body. Illness and dysfunction are often related to disharmonies in these frequencies.

Energy healing and sound/vibration therapies aim to realign these frequencies and restore positive energy flow, returning your body to a state of natural health. Using gongs, Himalayan and crystal bowls, bells, chimes, and other ambient sound tools, you can help restore, relax or even re-energize the body.

Clients boast of real relief from anxiety, depression, and the “chaotic” thinking that often accompanies those issues. Energy healing and sound therapy sessions are typically conducted in individual or small group settings. Participants remain fully clothed and either lie on a massage table (for individual or couples’ sessions) or sit on a comfortable loveseat for relaxation.

Benefits of Sound Healing

Over the years, the use of sound healing as a means of physical, mental and emotional therapy has increased. Sound healing has become a valuable form of treatment for several conditions, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Dementia
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Body aches and pains

 

Some of the reported benefits include:

  • Reduced stress levels
  • Fewer mood swings
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Better pain management
  • Improved sleep

History of Sound Healing

Throughout human history, sound has been utilized as a powerful tool across a variety of cultures, ranging from nomadic shamans to Tibetan Lamas, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Africans, and Jewish priests. The use of chants and mantras has long been recognized for its ability to facilitate sound healing, with Sanskrit mantras having been employed for millennia to balance chakras and enhance consciousness.

The application of sound as a method of healing has been traced back to prehistoric eras, where shamans utilized chanting and drumming to alleviate ailments. Throughout history, various ancient mystery schools in Greece, India, and Egypt have extensively demonstrated the use of sound and music for healing purposes, attributing it to a sacred science. Nada Yoga is an example of an age-old practice in India, that upholds the potency of musical vibrations on the human system.

 The Aboriginal people of Australia were the earliest known culture to utilize sound for healing purposes. The didgeridoo has been utilized as a healing instrument for over 40,000 years by indigenous people. This mysterious musical tool was used by the Aborigines to cure a range of ailments, including fractures, muscular injuries, and other ailments. In both Egyptian and Babylonian cultures, drums and rattles were among the oldest musical instruments. Around 500 BC, Pythagoras became the first to employ music as a form of medicine. He utilized the flute and lyre, which were two of the key instruments employed for therapeutic purposes.

The practice of utilizing sound for healing purposes has been employed as a means of calming the mind and emotions and is considered one of the oldest and most instinctive forms of healing. In several Eastern societies, it has been acknowledged for a significant period that the positive impact extends beyond merely emotional stability. The melodious sounds possess healing properties that go beyond the surface level, reaching the depths of the body at a cellular level.

Science Behind Sound Healing

A study conducted by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) examined the effects of sound meditation, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being. Men and women participated in this study. They were instructed to bring yoga mats and lie down on them, with their heads pointed toward the sound instruments, which were placed on the floor near their heads. The sound instruments used were Tibetan Singing Bowls, Crystal Singing Bowls, gongs, digeridoos and other small bells.

The study found: following the sound meditation, participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood. Additionally, participants who were previously naive to this type of meditation experienced a significantly greater reduction in pain and tension compared with participants experienced in this meditation. Feelings of spiritual well-being significantly increased across all participants. The study states “Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being”.