Healing with Sound: How Does It Work?

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A traditional technique that can help restore a sense of balance in your life is sound healing.

Sound healing therapy works because it takes into account that vibrational and sound frequencies are everywhere — impacting how you feel.

That’s why you should be selective of all the things you hear.

In this article, let’s talk about the subject. Let’s explore what sound healing is, how it works, and more.

This way, you’ll be equipped with everything that you need to know. With this article as a guide, you can get started with the process of sound healing, too.

What is sound healing?

Sound healing or sound meditation therapy is an ancient healing technique. It dates back to 40,000 years ago when Australian indigents used wind instruments.

Sound chambers

A known historical example of sound healing are the sound chambers inside the pyramids designed by ancient Egyptians. Familiar with how carefully built they are?

That’s because they were designed to fully absorb the reflections of sound. They’re also isolated so waves  — or even the smallest sound vibrations — cannot enter their premises.

Didgeridoos

Didgeridoos were among the first instruments used for sound healing. Other times spelled as “didjeridus”, these conical instruments produced a continuous drone. And to create this sound, you had to play it continuously with vibrating lips.

Deep breathing

All deep breathing techniques work.

Notably, there’s a deep breathing technique named circular breathing. And it’s one of the most effective ways to use for sound healing. 

It works because all the while you’re busy doing the fundamental aspect of breathing, it allows your muscles to relax and take in everything that goes on in your environment.

3 benefits of sound healing therapy

3 benefits of sound healing therapyPin

Sound therapy is good for your overall wellness. Its most common benefits are the ones below.

1. Improvement in emotional and mental health

It’s good for your mind because it brings emotional balance. It relieves you of the negative effects of depression, anxiety, stress, and other illnesses in the mind. And it can cure mental disorders.

If you feel suicidal or if your anxiety is getting the best of you, sound therapy is a way to refresh your perspective. It can remind you of how awesome your life is — and you’re bigger than any roadblock.

2. Clears energetic blockages

Think of it as a deep tissue massage. It’s a way of tapping into your deep tissues — to open, clear, and balance — and releasing stuck energy.

It can help you if you want to open your crown, heart, throat, and other major chakras. And as it happens, it’s not rare to experience physical pain or other sensations (like a tingling feeling). In case of experiencing sensations, don’t panic. It’s a sign the healing process is in the works.

3. Relaxation

A universal benefit of sound therapy is an immense level of relaxation. It makes you feel so good — you long to be in such a relaxed and stress-free state for extended periods.

The reason for this is, sounds enter your system, and they make the pieces work in harmony.

Types of sound therapy

Each type of sound therapy works. And it’s best to choose the type you’re perfectly comfortable with so you can maximize its healing energy.

Sound bath

Sound baths are group sound healing sessions headed by a sound healer or therapist. 

If you don’t know anyone who’d like to take advantage of sound healing’s therapeutic effects, you can attend sound baths on your own. There, you’ll meet like-minded folks who’ll want to bathe in all the healing vibrations of sound.

Private sessions

These are one-on-one sound healing sessions also headed by a sound therapist. 

Like many other sound therapy clients, you can request sessions with trained practitioners with tuning forks, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and other sound healing instruments.

Solo sessions

Having a trained practitioner or professional sound therapist offer guidance is good. But if you’re not comfortable with the arrangement, or if you’re already familiar with the process, it’s okay.

You can engage in a solo session at home or anywhere you feel most comfortable. 

Vocal chanting: Is it a more effective therapy?

Vocal chanting is effective in carrying out the positive health effects of sound healing. But it’s impossible to say whether it’s the more effective approach. Its effectiveness depends on an individual’s response to it.

The argument about this subject? It revolves around the explicit vocalization and loudness of a chant.

It follows that if a person chants more explicitly and louder, the mind, body, and spirit hear the chant better. And because they’re heard better, their healing power is better, and therefore, more effective in regulating a person’s mood.

Instruments

The most common sound healing instruments used for sound therapy are the ones below.

Tuning forks

If a healer is having trouble getting a fixed tone, they’ll bring in tuning forks.

And while these instruments can create several sounds, they’re usually brought to the table to create a fundamental sound and one (at least) sound that puts things in harmony.

Gongs

During a sound therapy session, they help release tension. And they stimulate the nervous system and glandular areas.

If you have a big day coming up and you could use loosening up, using gongs can make it happen.

Tibetan singing bowls

Of all tools, Tibetan singing bowls are the most popular sound healing instrument.

Sound therapists would use these instruments upon knowing there are toxins in your body — and they want to get rid of them. 

What to expect

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What you can expect from your session depends on your therapist. Some sound therapists use chants, others use instruments, others use a combination of both chants and instruments, and others don’t use anything at all except the sound that’ll heal you.

Conclusion

With the COVID-19 pandemic and everything that’s going on in the world today, it’s not a mystery why there’s an increase in the number of people interested in health and wellness. And with the chaos, disorganization, and multiple distractions, the concept of relaxation is music to everyone’s ears.

So if you want to take a breather and let sound healing therapy work wonders for you, this article should have you covered.

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