Updated: Apr 12
There are many benefits to sound therapy.
What is Sound Therapy and How Does it Work?
Sound healing synchronizes brain waves to achieve profound states of relaxation, helping to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of the cells in our bodies.
(Gayatri Bhaumik, 2020)
Many of us have assumed that sound therapy is something new and its even been linked to new age. We couldn't be further from the truth. It was in fact the ancient Greeks who used music and sound as treatments for certain conditions and disorders. Over the centuries music and sound has been a prominant part of the human life and we have come to recognise its positive influence. It is considered that peoples work pace faster and we know it can boost morale. During war time, music has played an important role brining unity in times of dispair. It is believed that sound therapy can heal the body, due to our natural ability and instict for sound. There are many different instruments that can be used for sound therapy and this includes voice. Lets face it, it's an instrument everyone has, you can take it anywhere you want to and we do not have to purchase it. It is part of us.
Other instruments are also used, as it is believed some instruments such as singing bowls, tuning folks and gongs have strong vibrations which work faster in healing. There are many who feel they don't need healing but It's important to recognise that even if that's how we see things, sound therapy can also be used for maintaining our wellbeing. Sound is very good at promoting wellbeing and I always prefer to work with on the notion that prevention is the best option, although sound can most certainly help you heal and assist in restoring health..
We use sound vibrations to relax our body, mind and soul. According to Gong Master Martha Collard she believes:
'To heal is to make sound............Sound can shift frequencies from low energy of guilt and fear to higher vibrations of love and joy. Sound healing is the use of sacred instruments or voice to relaease energetic blockages inducing a state of ease and harmony in the body.'
Although there are many different types of sound therapy instuments, they all produce vibrations that alter your brain waves. We know that our body is 75% water. We know that water is a great orchastrator of sound vibration. Have you ever thrown a pebble into the water and listned to the sound it makes entering the water and then the ripple that follows? We can see all the effects before us. Malbert Lee, Crystal Bowl and Gong Master confirms that:
'When vibrations travel through the body, they promote circulation, energy flow and rejuvenation. The frequency of the sound synchronises with the brainwaves and activates destress responses in the body.'
What Are the Benefits of Sound Therapy?
It is believed that sound therapy provides benefits to both the physical body, in addition to that of mental level, along with the emotional level. Scientific evidence has proved that sound therapy can:
lower stress levels
lower blood pressure
Sound therapy has been successfully used in the treatment of a number of conditions such as:
post-traumatic stress disorder