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  • Laurie Teixeira and Jari de Jesus

Experience the Magic of Sound Healing: Elevate Your Mind, Body, and Soul

You have probably benefited from the power of sound healing more times than you realize. In its most basic form, sound healing can be as simple as listening to the rustle of leaves or the steady thrum of rain or as complex as creating a custom playlist of lullabies to help you fall asleep.

You've probably heard of gong and sound baths, two forms of sound healing used for health and relaxation. Sound healing is an integrative modality that uses therapeutic-grade instruments to generate meditative aural environments.

The use of sound waves to promote healing is a popular new approach to health and wellness. For thousands of years, chanting has been used to cure the mind and spirit, restore physical health, and protect against spiritual harm.

In sound healing, the practitioner will play various instruments. You listen to it while lying on a yoga mat or meditation carpet, allowing your body to 'bathe' in the vibrations and restore its natural equilibrium.

How Sound Healing Works

Sound healing sessions are often called sound baths because the sound is meant to wash over you. A gong bath is a sound bath in which only a gong is utilized. The resonant sounds of musical instruments have a calming effect.

The Indian bellow instrument, known as a shruti box, and other instruments like the Himalayan singing bowl, crystal singing bowl, drums, gongs, monochords, and others, can all be used in a sound bath.

A vital state of brainwave activity is induced by sound healing, which then triggers the body's innate capacity for healing. Sound healing employs frequencies to effect changes in brainwave activity, much as the use of breath in meditation. In contrast to the stress-induced fight-or-flight reaction, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated during sound healing.

Breathing, pulse rate, and brainwaves are slow, so you might as well be in a trance. That's how your body knows it's okay to completely unwind and enjoy itself. The clarity that may follow a sound healing session is likely the result of the brain's ability to order its thoughts during practice.

A phenomenon called "entrainment" is also triggered by sound healing. Stress is reduced because our brainwaves can more closely match the consistent pattern generated by the sound healing session. The brain tunes in to the sound's pitch. This way, we may "entrain" our brains from the more active beta state (associated with attention, concentration, and tension) to the more relaxed alpha state through rhythm and frequency. It helps us relax deeply since it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.

Benefits of Sound Healing

Sound healing therapy's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, making it an interesting wellness trend. Some of the most commonly cited advantages of sound healing are:

  • fewer mood swings

  • reduced stress

  • lower blood pressure

  • lower cholesterol levels

  • pain management

  • lower risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke

  • improvement of sleep

Several conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders, dementia, sleep disorders, people with learning difficulties, behavioral and psychiatric disorders, aches and pains, and some cancers, have also benefited from using sound and music as a healing modality.

Bottom Line

Since our surroundings also affect our vibrations, we are constantly subjected to discordant and artificial sounds. Everything from vehicular traffic and construction noise to the vibrations of our laptops, air conditioners, phones, and wifi all stress our bodies.

To a large extent, the therapeutic benefits of sound are due to the notion of entrainment. The theory goes like this: If a steady, harmonious sound is sent at a disharmonious one, the disharmonic one will eventually resonate with the harmonious sound.

Everything in our bodies, from atoms to cells to glands to organs, has a resonance frequency that can become discordant. Restoring harmony in the body is as simple as applying the right frequency to the outer world to trigger sympathetic vibrations on the inside. Sound healing is a great way to restore balance to our unbalanced lives.


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