What is Sound Healing?
Sound Healing, through various techniques and technologies, is the educated and conscious use of the energy of sound to reach identified goals and promote wellness in the human system, including the expansion of consciousness. Sound Healing is founded on the premise that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies. Science has proven that sound, or vibration, has a strong impact upon substance. For example, the study of Cymatics has shown how sound creates geometric patterns in matter. As seen in his “Messages from Water” books, Dr. Emoto has proven that sound changes the molecular structure of water. However, more importantly, sound changes consciousness. Many ancient civilizations and modern indigenous cultures have used sound to heal and access higher levels of consciousness for thousands of years.
There are many techniques that utilize sound as a tool for change:
The most common and basic use of sound is for meditation and relaxation. Chanting, toning and overtone singing are some of the most powerful methods for resonating sound throughout the body.
The use of nature sounds and natural instruments, such as crystal bowls and tuning forks, have specific healing frequencies and harmonics.
Shamanic drumming takes people into altered states of consciousness.
Sound is now being used by clinical psychologists to help children with certain learning disabilities.
Binaural beat frequencies are used to entrain people into very specific states of consciousness.
Sound is used to alter brainwave states to help people with sleep disorders and facilitate creative expression.
Listening to one’s own root frequency enables an individual to create a more centered and grounded awareness within their life.
The technique called Bio-Tuning uses root frequencies and binaural beats, played back through a sound table, to entrain people into specific brainwave states.
Sound and music are also used to help with difficult life transitions, including birth and death.
The medical community also uses sound and music in a variety of applications such as: during surgery to relieve pain, to break up gallstones and to relax muscles using ultrasound.
Doctors are now finding the resonant frequency of organs in order to help vibrate them back into a healthy state.
Perhaps most exciting is cutting-edge research that shows how sound might be used to disintegrate diseases such as cancer.
Sound health work is now becoming more and more accepted in the mainstream. There are two distinct areas:
1) Sound and music for meditation, relaxation, learning, and productivity;
2) The use of sound for medical uses.
Clinics and Complementary Healing Centers: Very specific utilizations of music are now being used in integrative and complementary healing centers, including: * Office and treatment room ambiance * Relaxation techniques, stress reduction, auditory biofeedback * Pain control * Reduction of anesthesia and medications * Correction of auditory tonal processing difficulties * Abatement of hearing sensitivities * Correction of learning disabilities * Birthing assistance * Musical thanatology - music to help with dying
Using Music for Healing, Therapy, and Expansion of Consciousness: Music has been used for years to simply help relax people and put them in a better state of mind. It has been proven that when someone releases tension and relaxes, their immune system benefits. Application-specific audio includes pain control, neurodevelopmental remediation, relaxation and stress relief, meditation, sleep, accelerated learning, enhanced productivity, consciousness raising, and connecting to spirit. There are also a growing number of musicians that take Psychoacoustics into consideration when producing commercial albums.
Binaural Beat Brainwave Entrainment: Binaural beats are created when two tones are detuned from each other by a small amount. The resulting third oscillation, which is the difference between the two frequencies, will automatically entrain the brain into different brainwave frequencies - delta, theta, alpha, beta, etc. This technique is used to help with sleep, learning, and enlightenment to name a few.
Pain Alleviation: Music is also being used to help with the alleviation of pain. There are many surgeons who now use sound therapy before, during, and after surgery. It has been shown to substantially reduce the amount of anesthesia that is required and pain medication afterwards. In a similar light, sound is also used to aid in both the birthing and dying processes. There are numerous tapes and CDs that have come out for making the birthing process smoother. As well, there are centers, such as Chalice of Repose, who use sound and music as an aid to a beautiful death.
Frequencies in Us: There are many people who believe that we have a fundamental root sound and if we get in touch with that frequency, we get more in touch with ourselves. The same types of people also often believe that the earth also has its own frequency that is good to get in tune with. Some take this idea into more detail by mapping out the frequency of each Chakra or each Sepherod within the Kaballah’s tree of life. There is also a wide range of individuals who use sounds on acupuncture and acupressure points. Some people actually will sing into Chakras or acupressure points. More popular is the use of tuning forks or other electronic sounds that are applied to specific points on the body. Some practitioners believe that the resonant frequencies of crystals are even more powerful when applied to the body.
Chanting and Toning: Another more common technique is to teach people to resonate their body with their own voice. Chanting and toning are techniques for vibrating different areas of the body through singing. Not only does this provide a deeper awareness of the way sound resonates naturally throughout the body, it also is a lot cheaper once you learn the techniques!
VibroAcoustics: Probably one of the largest areas of interest is that of Vibroacoustics. This is the application of sound to the body through special sound transmission devices such as sound chairs and sound massage tables.
Sound for the Alleviation of Learning Disabilities: Sound is currently being used to help correct certain learning disabilities in children. There are numerous clinics across the world that are using the research of Dr. Tomatis to stimulate the brain and nervous system. For example, The Listening Program uses his technique whereby low frequencies are increasingly rolled off in classical music until only the high frequencies are left. Then all the frequencies are rolled back in until the full audio spectrum is again present. It has been proven that using this technique over a few weeks significantly aids in the reduction of learning disabilities.
Medical Uses of Sound: There exists a wide range of techniques that range from simple sound massage to what is termed “sound surgery” where sound is utilized inside the body. This includes placing highly precise tones within specific organs. Of course, ultrasound has been used for years to break up kidney stones or plaque on our teeth. This type of sound application is also being explored on other diseases such as cancer. Fabian Maman shows cancer being broken up with sound in one of his books. One of David Gibson’s, Sound and Consciousness Institute instructors, used sound to completely get rid of a large breast cancer tumor. The tumor has now been gone for over five years.
Using sound to destroy diseases is an aggressive form of sound surgery. Sound now being used more and more to help restore tissues to a healthy state of being by resonating the frequency of healthy tissues. Doctors have now figured out the resonant frequency of healthy organs. By applying the correct frequency to a diseased organ, the organ is entrained into a healthy state of vibration. Sound can also be used to massage organs. For example, when the heart has a disease it is known to “freeze up” and not move freely within its own sac. Applying sound to the heart at the right frequency massages the heart, loosening it up so that it can move more freely.