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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Sounds of Healing

"S" is for Sound Healing

"The use of sound as a healing tool dates back thousands of years. Now, the field of sound healing is gaining considerable attention, as sound pioneers promote the healing benefits of music, tones and instruments.  Modern science is now in agreement with what the ancient mystics have told us—that everything is in a state of vibration, from the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom, to planets and distant galaxies moving around stars. As they’re creating movement, they are creating vibration, and this vibration can be perceived of as sound. So everything is creating a sound. Every organ, every bone, every tissue, every system of the body is creating a sound. When we are in a state of health, we’re like an extraordinary orchestra that’s playing a wonderful symphony of the self. But what happens if the second violin player loses her sheet music? She begins to play out of tune, and pretty soon the entire string section sounds bad. Pretty soon, in fact, the entire orchestra is off. This is a metaphor for disease."  Quoted from Jonathon Goldman, Director of Sound Healers Association.

 Are you looking for an easy way to relax and rejuvenate?   Then you're looking for sound therapy! 

 What is sound therapy? 
  It is the therapeutic use of sound and music to promote healing. 

What benefits can you expect?
    * Better sleep
    * Reduced stress and its related disorders 
    * Improved mental concentration and creativity


How does it work?
By encouraging your body to resonate at a cellular level, and at a specific frequency, for each gland, organ, system and subtle body.  This helps your body to relax and balance itself, returning to a state of homeostasis and more optimal functioning.    

Why does this happen?
There is an incredible amount of circumstantial and anecdotal evidence supporting the benefits of sound therapy.   Researchers are working to bring this evidence to bear the weight of standard scientific scrutiny.  Below is a sampling of the many areas being investigated:

1.  Our whole universe, including our bodies, is made up a extremely tiny vibrating strings.  This idea is known as string theory and describes our universe as being composed of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes (branes) of energy.  They vibrate and twist into different shapes, connect together and break apart.   This theory has important implications in modern energy healing arts and its concepts are similar to many ancient healing traditions.    Patricia R. Spadaro has more on the science of energy here:  The Science of Energy


2.  Our cells vary in size, and are giant compared to those theoretical strings.   The Centre for Neuroacoustic Research has studied direct stimulation of living cellular tissue with sound frequency vibration.   Since the human body is over 70% water, and since sound travels 5 times more efficiently through water than through air, sound frequency stimulation directly into the body is a highly efficient means for total body stimulation, especially at a cellular level.   They have also found that sound frequency pulse waves played directly into the body has a profound effect on the nervous system.   Far-reaching possibilities are inherent in using this type of vibrational technology in the areas of massage, energy work, physical healing, emotional release work, hypnosis, stress reduction, relaxation and meditation.

3.  Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto has studied the effects of sound by photographing water crystals.   He plays different kinds of music next to the water samples, then freezes the samples resulting in crystals.  These crystalline structures are remarkably different, depending of the type of music they were exposed to.   To see some of his many beautiful photos click here.

4 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. When I went to parent classes at the hospital with my last child (my husband's first), they showed a video to convince us that a simple prolonged and loud sssshhhhh sound will calm a screaming baby every time. It really worked. I couldn't believe it.

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  2. It's amazing isn't it! Mother's instinctively use sound therapy to sooth their babies - by singing to them. I never sang until I had a baby - then it just flowed out of me.

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  3. I just wish I had time to sit and relax. For the last couple of years my brain just refuses to turn off.

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  4. Hi Tony,

    A brain that won't shut off is a real challenge! Our brains are used to running the show and don't like being asked to take a back seat.

    A great way to use sound therapy to help your brain relax is to whistle. It's socially acceptable, you can do it just about anywhere, and you can make up the tune as you go.

    Give it a try!

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