Sound healing is an ancient technique that uses tonal frequencies to bring the body into homeostasis – a state of vibrational balance and harmony that allows healing.
This therapy has been clinically proven to foster deep personal wellness and an expansion of consciousness.
Many people think that sound healing involves using crystal bowls, but sound therapy involves various techniques. For example, we use binaural beats to create harmony between the body, mind and spirit. We also use various sound frequencies which are transferred to the body via the vibro-acoustics of a sound table to begin healing.
While sound healing might be a new concept for some, keep reading as we answer some common questions about the ancient technique that’s fast becoming our modern-day saviour.
Who needs sound healing?
Everyone. People fall into two broad categories. Some don’t know which way to turn to help themselves, so they are ready to take a leap of faith in trying out sound healing for pain when medication or other therapies don’t seem to have worked.
Others come for sound therapy when they want to deepen their meditation practice and enter a different realm of spirituality or move in a different direction creatively. After years of meditation, yoga, or reading extensively, they may still feel unfulfilled and want to deepen their practice.
How does a sound therapist help?
After an initial discussion, the sound therapist will establish what the person wants to achieve. We use binaural beats to get the brain waves into the state where they feel a divine connection. Your brain creates a perception of a third sound when you listen to two tones – one played in each ear at different frequencies. The perceived sound, which isn’t actually there, is a binaural beat. In a span of around 20 to 30 minutes, the brain hemispheres can be balanced to reach a delta or gamma state. This state can take years to achieve without the help of binaural beats.
Besides healing, binaural beats can help achieve greater creativity as your brain can devise divergent solutions to a problem. In the delta state of 13 to 30 Hz, people experience better concentration, memory, and problem-solving. In the gamma state, there is increased perception of the environment and increased cognitive activity.
Sound can eliminate stress
Zero stress point occurs when the body is brought into homeostasis through sound therapy. It’s a place where our body is brought into a balanced state where physical, emotional and spiritual healing can begin to take place.
We all have a list of things we need to work on for our bodies, including losing weight, eating healthier, relaxing more, or giving our liver a break from alcohol. We may call this a maintenance list, as we want to work on it to ensure our bodies stay healthy and attractive. Still, we first need to achieve the zero stress point that allows the body to relax sufficiently to get started. If we are in a state of stress, we cannot maintain our bodies or escape from chronic pain. If we are stressed, energy is diverted to various body parts – the liver if we aren’t eating or drinking right, or the lungs if we are feeling grief. This can lead to diseases.
Sound therapy is used mainly for anxiety and stress as well as depression and sleep disorders which are often at the base of various other physical disorders. It has been shown to help with autism and Parkinson’s disease among many others.
Stress and disease are related
The main contributor to chronic disease is stress. Not only is there chemical stress from food and other household toxins present in our everyday lives, but an overload of data affects our nervous systems as the world is getting more stressful with all the inputs we deal with daily. We gain more input in one day than we would have if we had lived 150 years ago, so we need to strengthen the nervous system to make it more resilient.
Towards achieving consistent homeostasis
During our sound healing, we can connect people to a heart rate variability monitor and watch how the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems act.
The monitor reads the spaces between heartbeats and through an algorithm calculates differences so we can watch the levels in the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems as they achieve balance.
Low frequencies are associated with mental chatter and intruding thoughts. When the heart rate variability monitor is used in our practice, as the mind becomes quieter people feel more connected.
With the monitor, the sound therapist can physically see on the screen if a patient is stuck in a stress response mode or even if the responses are not working particularly well at all. Consistent homeostasis happens over time with a cyclic movement between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
If you would like to know more about sound healing and how it can help improve your life, contact us at Live in Flow.