What is Sound Therapy?
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. 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 a wide range of 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.
Drumming and rhythm are now used by corporations to release stress and build team consciousness. Shamanic drumming takes people into altered states of consciousness. Sound is now being using 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:
Sound health work is now becoming more and more accepted in the mainstream.
There are two distinct areas:
Clinics and Complementary Healing Centers
Very specific utilizations of music are now being used in integrative and complementary healing centers, including:
Healthcare music should not be confused with Music Therapy. (MoonShadow Harp & Sound Therapy only offers Healthcare Music.) Music has been used for years to simply help relax people and put them in a better state of mind. After all it has been proven that when someone releases tension and relaxes, their immune system benefits. (For more information on Music Therapy please see www.musictherapy.org)
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.
Music is also being used to help with the alleviation of pain. There are a wide range of 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. In a similar light, sound is also used to aid in both the birthing and dying processes. There are numerous tapes and CD's 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.
Drumming and Rhythm
There are drum and rhythm schools that use sound to facilitate all kinds of ends. And, of course, there are a huge number of CD's that use both sound and music to cure just about every ill you can imagine. For example, Village Music Circles in Santa Cruz has an entire program based around drumming and rhythm.
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.
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.
Probably one of the largest areas of interest is that of Vibro~Acoustics. 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.
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 it’s own sac. Applying sound to the heart at the right frequency massages the heart, loosening it up so that it can move more freely.
Sound and Visuals
One of the most interesting evolving areas within the field of sound work is the use of sound correlated with visuals. Hans Jenny has done research in the field called Cymatics, which explores the mandala-like patterns that sound creates in water molecules inside each cell of the body. Jenny vibrated sand on a metal plate with different frequencies and timbres to create a whole range of dynamically changing patterns.