March 11, 2019 7 min read

With the many things that bog us down on a daily basis, what if there was one thing that could help us reconnect and heal ourselves in a way we never thought possible? What if we could heal through sound?

Healing Through Sound

Sound, or music, is something that is completely innate in human beings. We do not know where it originated or what the first ever music was. Sound, for all its intricacies and beauty, has always had the capacity to relay emotions and messages whether it be through actual words or through the pitch that it creates. The universality of sound is the reason why it is not so surprising that there is a resurgence of the appreciation for sound as a form of healing and therapy.

Sound, or music, is a language that is seemingly understood universally. The beat, the melody, that is created when you make music whether through a musical instrument or through your own voice, can be understood by the people listening to it. The varying changes in the pitch and tone of the music resonates with its listeners and it makes them feel some level of connection to what is being relayed in that musical piece. This is also the reason why some people feel a certain level of sadness when listening to music that invokes melancholic memories, while upbeat tunes are sure to liven up the room.

Music is a language that is easily understood by everyone

People react to sound differently as well. There are those who are able to focus well while listening to fast paced music as it makes them feel more lively and makes their own movements more fluid. There are also those who feel overwhelmed with loud music and prefer those with softer tunes and a slower melody because they feel more in sync with these types of music. Seeing how sound in and of itself interacts with the psyche of a person is fascinating and is a very effective way of healing one’s self.

Benefits of Sound Therapy

Although sound therapy has not always been the top of mind suggestion for recreational therapy methods, it is starting to once again gain footing in the health and wellness community. Sound therapy is a wonderful way of revitalizing one’s self through a language that can be understood and appreciated by different types of people from different backgrounds.

Stress Relief- sound has always been used to soothe one’s tensions and help a person calm down which is why people tend to listen to music that helps them with their nerves in cases where they might otherwise feel stressed or tensed. Sound therapy can help relax the brain and tune it to the sound of calmness to allow stress to flow out of your system. It can help alleviate symptoms of stress and helps to revitalize the brain to make it work more optimally again.

Sound can help soothe your tensions and reduce anxiety

Decreased levels of anxiety can help you get a good night's sleep

Music can help you focus better on the tasks that you need to do

Better Sleep- when you are able to address your stress and anxiety, you are also able to allow your body to have the capacity to make full use of the time it spends resting. Sleep is an essential part of human growth, this is the time when our bodies heal and renew itself for the next day, and it is also the time for our body to release the toxicity of stress and anxiety that we have accumulated during the course of our day. Alleviating anxiety and stress helps you sleep better and helps your body heal better as well.

Improved Focus- because sound has the capacity to change your mood and how you interact with your environment. Sound therapy can help you find your focus and can help you maintain your focus on the task at hand. Lowering your brain’s wave frequency to a level that is not tensed and one poised for continuous stimulation without inducing stress is a great way of honing and maintaining focus.

Reduction of Headache- headache can be caused by many things, one of which is increased tension and stress in the body that causes blood vessels to constrict and limit the blood that flows to the brain. Stress can induce and intensify headaches which is why reducing your stress levels to a more manageable level - if not eradicating it totally - can also help prevent instances of headaches occuring. Not only will you feel more comfortable, you will also feel more revitalized if your headaches lessen significantly.

Cellular Healing- our cells, much like everything else, is constantly vibrating and is affected by the vibrations that come from its surroundings. Sound is also a form of vibration and the frequencies it creates can affect the cells in our body and trigger them to move and heal. The vibration we receive from varying sound sources act as a form of massage from within our cells and helps in the rejuvenation and healing process that we go through when we do sound therapy.

Listening to soothing music can help you relax and can help alleviate and prevent headaches

The vibration of sound can help heal and rejuvenate our cells

Forms of Sound Therapy

There are a variety of ways through which you can do sound therapy. It is helpful to go into retreat centers that offer sound therapy programs that will work for you and one that you are interested in. There are also tools such as singing bowls and gongs that can help you do meditative sound therapy in your home wherein you incorporate the sound therapy session with your meditation routine.

Singing Bowl Therapythe soothing sounds that emanate from singing bowls allow the body to feel more at ease and it has also helped in reducing the stress and anxiety levels of a person listening to the sound and vibrations that emanate from it. Singing bowls haveshown to be effective in helping combating stress, anxiety, and even depression among those who have been using them as a supplement to their meditative practices.

Singing bowls have long been used in the Tibetan culture for healing

Listening to binaural beats while you sleep helps you access your subconscious and instill a calmness within you

Binaural Beats Therapyis the use of beats and rhythms to induce the mind into specific brainwave patterns that can help improve a person’s sleep, reduce anxiety or stress, or simply to help a person focus. There has been compellingevidence in studies done about the effect of brainwave management as a form of therapy. Binaural beats can be a helpful tool for those who would like to experience a reprieve from the persistent noise that emanates from their immediate surroundings or for those who feel the need to push a reset button to help them refocus and realign their thoughts and the things that they need to prioritize and work on

Tuning Fork Therapyis the use of tuning forks to cause vibrations within specific parts of the body in order to create movement at the cellular level to induce healing and to help in the removal of tension and stress that has built up in that area. Although tuning forks are known to be used to help in tuning musical instruments, they can in fact help in re-tuning our own bodies. Because of the frequency reached by the tuning fork, it enables the body to retune itself to its own rhythm and clears the path for our energy to heal ourselves. There is a helpfulonline guide on how to do tuning fork therapy even from your home.

Vibroacoustic Therapyis a form of therapy whereby a person is asked to lie down on a mattress or a reclined couch which has been installed with bass speakers that pulsates and creates a massage through the vibrations that emanate from the speakers. The vibrations are directly applied to different parts of the body at any given period of time and is used primarily for the reduction of pain from those healing from surgeries or cancer treatments, and has been proven to be effective in helping the body feel more relaxed. There arestudies that support its effectivity and it is a great alternative for those who would like a non-invasive pain management therapy.

Tuning forks helps give vibrational energy to specific parts of the body

Vibrations from bass speakers, when used in therapy, can reduce pain from surgeries or cancer treatments

When Sound Heals

Sound, music, and vibration. They are things that emanate from a single source and yet can have multitude of benefits that have either been long forgotten or have yet to be explored in depth. What is apparent is that sound has the capacity to induce a response from us that we cannot understand and we cannot control. This is why music has become a routine way of self expression, of communication, and as a way of releasing energies that have been pent up inside.

Sometimes all you need is the sound of nature and healing vibrations to make you feel better

What you can achieve through sound therapy is a manner through which you can find your balance which may have been lost through the course of your everyday dealings, or as a way to manage and cope with stress, pain, and fatigue. It is non-invasive and non-committal; how much you do and how much you gain will all be dependent on you. It’s a great way of exploring alternative methods of healing and therapy, and it is one that your body will truly feel whether you do it in the comforts of your own home, with a group, or in a recreational center that offers programs relating to such. It’s a way of tuning yourself up and building yourself again to become the best version of yourself again.