What is Sound Healing?
The History of Sound Healing
Sound healing is an ancient practice that dates back as far as ancient Greece. You may have learned in school that Apollo was the god of music AND medicine. Well, that’s because the ancient Greeks thought of music AS medicine! So much so that it is said Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed that music affected one’s emotions and very soul. And did you know that Hippocrates played music for his patients?!
In ancient Egypt, music therapy was a regular practice in their holy temples. Musical instruments were also commonly used to cast out evil spirits from those believed to be possessed. And early native Americans used song and dance in spiritual ceremonies to heal the sick.
In the 1940s, the US military began incorporating music into their treatment plans to help soldiers heal after injury during WW II. Many say this is when our modern “music therapy” began.
And while some people may think that sound healing is “just” an alternative medicine that is either crackpot or woo-woo, think about the fact that today, traditional medicine uses ultrasound as a common medical intervention. You may think of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool, but ultrasound is often used as a form of sound healing.
Physical therapists and chiropractors often use ultrasounds to deliver a high frequency vibration that helps to facilitate healing at a cellular level. Ultrasound can help decrease pain and inflammation, increase circulation, and speed up wound healing.
How Does Sound Healing Work?
Just as ultrasound therapy uses frequency to help bring about positive health outcomes, sound healing using music, gongs, tuning forks or singing bowls works on the very same principle. Physics tells us that everything in the universe is vibrating at a certain rate or frequency.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
― Nikola Tesla
Human beings are also vibrating at our own frequency or resonance. It is believed that disease in the body is a result of our natural, healthy resonance being “out of tune”. This shift of our frequency can come about through a variety of means like stress, chemicals in our food and water, smoking, and other environmental factors.
Sound therapy, using a gong for instance, adjusts your brainwaves. Before a session, you will most likely be in a Beta wave state, which is the normal waking state. But the sound/frequency of the gong can shift your brainwaves into Alpha, which is a nice, resting state, Theta, which is where deep and profound relaxation can occur, and even Delta, which is where cellular healing can take place.
Benefits of Sound Healing
Sound therapy has been shown to treat a variety of health conditions such as sleep and anxiety disorders. It can also help with emotional issues like anger and depression.
Sound healing has also been said to help with:
- Learning disabilities
- Boosts immune system
Regular sound therapy sessions have been known to bring about calm, clarity, balance and an overall sense of well-being. Some have found it improves their memory and concentration and gives them a heightened sense of creativity.
Sound therapy has been shown to be even MORE effective when combined with a meditation practice. And you know I am always touting the benefits of meditation! So if you want even more calm, relaxation and healing in your life, please consider incorporating sound therapy into your regular meditation practice.
You can either find a sound therapy practitioner in your area that uses gongs, tuning forks or singing bowls, or you can purchase these instruments yourself and learn to use them. You can also listen to soothing and relaxing music. There are many Youtube channels that offer relaxing meditation music that can bring about relaxation. Some of these channels also offer the music in different frequencies or Hertz to help bring about an even deeper level of healing.
Whatever way you choose to bring beneficial sound and frequency into your life, may it bring about the healing you need.