Sounds for the Soul
Sound Therapy for Healing

Sound therapy for healing has been used for centuries by many types of healers. Energy is all around us in the form as sound, light vibrations, motion and movement. Energy can transform from one shape into another but cannot be destroyed. We now know it is possible to harness sound energy, and use it to benefit our health.

In modern times, stress is all around us; political crisis, financial crisis, unemployment and many other things may create stress in our personal lives. Often, people do not relate the stress to physical disease or distress. This negligence can be very dangerous as it may lead to serious illness if the source of disease is ignored.

Luckily, there are many natural ways in which we can relieve stress and heal our body and mind. One of these techniques is sound therapy. Sound therapy for healing was used in Asia for centuries. However, with the advance of modern medicine, some ancient therapies were forgotten. Today, many people are rediscovering the benefits of alternative healing due to lack of harmful side effects, the cost-effectiveness, as well as additional health benefits like weight loss or increased energy. And many people consider alternative healing to be equally as effective as conventional medicine.

What is Sound Therapy for Healing?

Sound therapy is based on the premise of vibrations. As all matter “vibrates,” sound waves also vibrate and can impact the vibration of matter – including the matter that makes up the human body and mind. It is said to not only heal, but to allow oe to reach higher levels of consciousness in order to attain enlightenment. No matter how you choose to use it, there may be real benefit in healing the body as well as have an impact on the mind through stress reduction.

Besides auditory, this type of therapy also provides kinesthetic experiences, as the sound reaches our brain through electrical impulses. The unique experience results in deep relaxation and in some cases a state of conscious dreaming in some. In other words, we activate the unconscious mind and the unused capacities of our brain. A study with the British Academy of Sound Healing found 95% of patients had an increased sense of calm following a sound therapy session while another preliminary study found a decrease in the arousal of the autonomous nervous system.

There are many ways in which people use sound therapy for healing. Ultrasound has been around for a while in developed countries and may be used to break up kidney stones or plaque on teeth. Other popular techniques are sound massages and sound baths in which one is surrounded, or bathed, in a sound while feeling the vibrations of it at the same time.

Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used by some practitioners.  These are specially designed bowls that have the ability to create various frequencies that are said to resonate with various organs or chakras.

Chanting is used by many and dates back to the Gregorian Chants done by monks and even before.  Chanting into sand causes the sand to form geometric shapes, which causes some to believe this is illustrative of how it benefits your body.

Other types of sound therapy include; shamanic drumming, bio-tuning, tuning fork treatments, and vibroacoustic therapy. Each of these have been developed by various people and are intended for various health issues from pain management to birthing assistance.

Through the use of sound, energy is transformed into matter. The basic purpose of sound therapy is to stimulate cell memory and heal the energy that is associated with various organs or functions of the body. Dr. Masaru Emoto has shown us through his research in how sound affects water molecules that water responds very directly to different auditory vibrations. Since our bodies are made of at least 70% water, we can see how sound therapy can have a very real, physical effect. At the very least, various sound recordings can be excellent tools for meditation and focusing.

One example of how sound healing works can be illustrated through the use of traditional Tibetan singing bowls. These are placed on the body of the patient and the healer taps the bowl, which in turn vibrates and stimulates the body to vibrate with it. The vibrations are said to reach every part of the body resulting in deep relaxation. Another illustration of the effects of sound are shown by physician and natural scientist, Hans Jenny in an area of therapy called Cymatics. He found that sound vibration had an effect on fluids, pastes and powders. This was demonstrated by chanting words into sand with the results being the formation of geometric patterns in the sand. Photographer Alexander Lauterwasser captured images of beautiful patterns forming on water surfaces when exposed to various sounds including music by Beethoven and “overtone singing.”

Advocates claim sound therapy can remove all the blockages, strengthen our abilities for self-healing and boost the immune system. Healers may use sound therapy as an additional treatment in cases of pain, circulatory system disorders and depression. The main purpose of this therapy and massage is to restore the balance in the body through deep relaxation and vibration. It is not unusual for patients to fall asleep during sound therapy sessions, while some fall into a state of hypnosis.

Sound therapy is often used for healing stress, insomnia and neuroses. Practitioners of this therapy claim that it is possible to achieve amazing results in the treatment of pain in the spine and back, migraine and smoking cessation. Some holistic therapists believe that sound therapy helps with many physical diseases. This is based on the notion that every disease is a result of disorder of energy flow in the body.

At Home - Sound therapy can be experienced by using a practitioner or by simply listening with headphones. Equisync is a popular relaxation and meditation exercise that uses binaural tones to induce a deep state of relaxation. Shamanic drumming is said to help people enter an altered state in order to heal and can be done with a group of drummers or by listening to a recording with headphones. Whatever your preference, if you enjoy relaxation, you will probably enjoy some type of sound therapy.

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