Sound has a powerful effect on how we feel throughout the day. Some sounds and rhythms make us feel better than others. From humming to drumming to Tibetan singing bowls, recent research suggests that the influences of certain rhythms, sounds and vibrations can help us resist and recover from a wide variety of ailments.
History of Sound Therapy
All ancient scriptures, irrespective of time and geography, have a common belief that the universe has been created through sound. In the ancient schools of Greece, India, Egypt and other centers of knowledge, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science.
Understanding Sound healing
The use of sound as a healing modality dates back to prehistoric times when the Shamans chanted and drummed to heal people. It is an effective modality that uses unique vibrational sounds to reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace, well-being, and better health.
Everything in the universe vibrates and has its resonant frequency. When the frequency of every particle in our body is in sync with the universal frequency, the mind, body, and soul are balanced. When these two frequencies are non-harmonious, the balance between the mind, body, and soul is lost and diseases manifest. Balancing of frequencies re-establishes rhythm.
Ayurvedic Understanding of Sound Healing
Our body, as per Ayurveda, is made up of five elements (Pancha bhootas), namely space, fire, earth, air, and water. Imbalance in these elements causes a disturbance in the natural vibrational frequency. Sound therapy can minimize these disturbances and the results can be observed through the before and after readings recorded on the pulse diagnostic instrument (Nadiswara).
Benefits of Sound Healing
Research suggests that, when used in a directed way, sound can help us reduce stress, create a deep sense of well-being, and even promote healing. Gaining popularity, sound therapy is used both as preventative medicine and as a complement to more traditional treatments.
It has been shown to help in the following conditions:
Help cancer patients recover more quickly from chemotherapy
Arthritis, pain, and injuries
Many psychosomatic disorders
Treatment using Sound Healing
The common techniques to produce healing music used by sound therapists are:
Classical Music – known to increase the development of synaptic connections in young children's minds, fuel creativity and enhance joy in adults, and helps address ailments like high blood pressure and muscle tension.
Humming – lifts your spirit, clears your head, and helps keep your sinuses clear and healthy.
Singing Bowls – sings when you run a felt-tipped mallet around its edge. These vibrations and tones help slow down breathing, brain waves and heart rates, producing a deep sense of calm and well-being.
Tuning Forks – used largely by orthopedists to detect fractures in large bones, tuning forks are also used by sound therapists to increase the amount of energy in parts of the body, and helps in relaxing and balancing our nervous system.
Om Chanting – known to stabilize heart rate, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, produce endorphins, and aid the process of metabolism. Chanting helps the mind to focus, thereby alleviating stress, fostering a deep mental clarity, and maintaining health and well-being.
The different types of Sound Therapies include:
Sound massage therapy
Sound bath meditation
Sound therapy uses specific frequencies and harmonics to heal the body, unlike music therapy which uses a cacophony of frequencies and harmonies to trigger an emotional response. A professional sound therapist will understand your condition and needs and suggest the most optimum sound healing therapy to help your live a better and fuller life.