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Sound Therapy

December 17, 2018

Have you heard it? Have you heard of it? Have you FELT it?! Ah... there are so many wonderful healing benefits to having a sound bath on the regular! We are, at our simplest form, vibrations. Energy is everything, and everything is energy. Energy is vibration, and so are we!

 

 

So, with that being said, just like an instrument gets out of tune... so do we! Thanks to stress, anxiety, tension, toxicity, etc our vibration is constantly plucked out of harmony. Sound Therapy helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).

 

A sound therapy treatment allows you to become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.

 

Some of the tools I use are voice and singing bowls. It's important to note that awareness plays a huge role in our own healing. I find that vocal toning is an incredibly powerful practice that gives us the ability to fine-tune our greatest vibrational instrument: our own body. I always encourage clients to incorporate simple, but effective breathing exercises and vocal toning exercises in their daily routine, to help bring a greater sense of balance into their lives.

 

The physical body is where we experience localized pain and discomfort. Using tuning forks, especially Osteophonic tuning forks (they vibrate at lower frequencies), we can stimulate the release of Nitric Oxide, a free radical molecule that has been proven to positively affect pain transmission and control. Which, in short, means that these frequencies help to create a physiological reaction, while the sound itself helps to influence our auditory system, enabling us to modify our relationship to the pain.

 

Our "subtle body" is our energetic body. This body is where our life force energy exists, commonly referred to as Qi, Chi or prana. In Chinese medicine, meridian points are used to pinpoint areas that have restricted energetic flow to our physical and subtle bodies. The body is known to have thousands of these meridian lines that are mapped out through the body, in the same way we've mapped out the latitude and longitude of the earth.

 

The subtle body holds imbalances and traumas that can eventually manifest in our physical bodies, which is why it's important to look at healing and balance not only from a physical perspective, but as a complete holistic experience that includes mind, body and spirit.

 

Using sound as therapy can provide results for a variety of issues including:

  • PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Sleep disorders

  • Stress management

  • Pain management

Sound has the ability to positively affect our whole being. Eileen McKusick, author of Tuning The Human Biofield, (biofieldtuning.com) has been exploring the theory that our subtle body acts as memory storage. For example, a tree has rings that extend outward as the tree grows. McKusick suggests that our subtle body expands and stores our life experiences in a similar way. If we apply frequency with tuning forks we can help blocked energy from past experiences move toward the energetic filtration system of each chakra, so that the stuck energy can be recycled back into our life force.

 

 

Our body, mind and spirit always want to be moving in a direction toward balance, yet we often have too much outer stimulus and noise and not enough time to dedicate to ourselves, which can prevent us from achieving a better state of harmony. Sound has a way of helping us get to the source of this inner peace we all desire.

 

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