Sound Healing is a growing field of alternative medicine that creates a profound effect on our mood, emotions and even physical health. It is a practice that has been used by ancient cultures to create a holistic approach to wellness and is now supported by the latest science. It is a simple and effective way to reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy, enhance creativity, promote mindfulness, enhance mental clarity, strengthen relationships, and support healing of the body and mind. You can do it at home, chanting or singing a simple mantra or just listening to music that makes you feel happy and uplifted. You can also try a sound healing session with a certified professional. Many practitioners use tuning forks, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, crystal and chimes to create the calming sounds that bring about a deep relaxation response which has many healing benefits.
Every cell, every bone in your body has a unique resonant frequency. When a cell is out of tune it affects the entire organism. The principle of resonance is the basis for sound healing. Therapeutic sounds can interact with the body’s own frequencies to re-harmonize cells that may have been imprinted with troublesome frequencies from toxic substances, emotional traumas, pathogens and noise pollution.
There is growing research that supports that the vibrational effects of music and certain instruments can help to relax and heal the body. Sound healing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows the body to enter a rest-and-digest healing mode. This can reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, improve circulation and blood flow, relieve aches and pains and enhance the immune system.
Research suggests that therapeutic sound can help open cellular ion channels. These channels are the means by which the cell receives nourishment and communicates with neighboring cells. Dysfunctional cells are believed to have closed these channels causing the cell to “fall asleep.” Sound therapy has been shown to open the channels allowing the cell to wake up and resume normal functioning and replication.
In a world where stress is the number one cause of dis-ease, it is important to find ways to decompress and recharge. A sound healing session can provide this for you and is a wonderful complement to other therapies like massage, acupuncture, psychotherapy and meditation. There is also a growing trend to include sound healing as a component of corporate wellness programs. It is a simple and effective way for employees to reduce stress, increase productivity and improve morale. So the next time you need a pick me up or just to relax, give yourself the gift of sound healing and see what it does for you.