We see evidence of the effect sound has on our nervous systems every day. The sound of clanging pots falling from cabinets or the shrill ring of a fire alarm fray our nerves. But a musical etude soothes our senses and helps us relax. Sound can improve our moods and help us concentrate, or push us to the brink until we yell, “Shut off that racket!”
Why exactly does sound have such an effect on our bodies and minds?
The emerging field of energy medicine attributes the healing properties of sound to attuned vibrations. Quantum physicists such as Einstein confirm that the universe and everything in it is made up of vibrational frequencies. We can tune up off key frequencies in our bodies by applying the harmonizing vibrations of sound therapy.
Bulgarian psychiatrist, Gorgi Lazanoff demonstrated the effect of sound therapy on learning capacity. He found that when people listened to Baroque music, such as the compositions of Bach and Vivaldi, learning capacity increased significantly. All they had to do was listen and breathe in rhythm to the beat.
Sound therapy has since been shown to help improve symptoms associated with…
Lack of concentration and focus
Poor cognitive processing
Sound therapy takes us from the active beta state and into the deeper states of relaxation: Alpha, theta and delta. In these deep states of relaxation, the body begins to regenerate and heal.
Many Forms of Sound Therapy
There are several different types of sound therapy with which to treat chronic pain. Therapists use gongs, singing bowls, chime trees, chanting, drums, and music. All of the above sound therapies offer direct and easy ways to stimulate the brain and reactivate blocked communication paths.
You can also invest in an auditory listening program that uses specific frequencies of sound to stop misdirected pain signals so that your brain can turn off its repetitive cry of pain.
Sound therapy is proving to be more than just a panacea for chronic pain and migraines. It is also showing promise in treating debilitating and life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.
Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine Center in New York and author of The Healing Power of Sound, sums sound therapy up beautifully:
|“Sound can play a role in virtually any medical disorder, since it redresses imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning (…). Moreover, it’s my belief that sound works on the physical level because it so deeply touches us and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes.”|
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