Sound healing or sound therapy has been used for many years to provide relief and healing to clients. The idea originally came from the ancient Greeks, who believed that music was an innate source of life in all people, and therefore connecting to healing sounds provides relief to a tormented soul. Even today, many people turn to music when feeling sad or anxious. It is therefore quite easy to understand why we believe that sound therapy resonates with the soul. Music exists in many forms for entertainment, leisure, hobby etc. and is often emotionally linked to both our happiest and saddest moments.
Sound therapy functions by synchronizing our brainwave to a specific energetic frequency. A sound healing therapist will often use different frequencies and rhythms to ‘entrain’ the brain cycles. There are four specific frequency states indicated in sound therapy:
The normal, or waking state, is our daily experience. The Alpha state is a slower frequency, often associated with dreaming. Theta is slower again with Delta being the slowest and usually defined as deep sleep.
There are two methods of incorporating sound therapy: passive and participatory. The Passive method is used by playing certain sounds during a session and is sometimes accompanied by guided meditation which may assist the client focus their attention. Participatory sound healing will usually involve the client playing a specific instrument, humming, singing, using singing bowls and more.
Music is a vibrational medicine that may guide the client to expand and allow new, creative and more helpful ideas to grow. It is common to feel the muscles relax when listening to therapeutic music. Many therapists use music in the treatment room to inspire calmness in the client.
Even the sounds that surround us in our daily life can influence our sense of wellbeing. It is common for those that spend their time in particularly noisy environments to feel more anxious, uptight, irritated or even angry. Consequently, these people can experience difficulty in relationships or illness which persists despite medication. Conversely, people who live and work in a quieter environment will often report feeling more centered and calm.
With the help of a sound therapist, common conditions such as anxiety and stress can be seen differently and with a renewed attitude and focus. A sound therapy session can assist the client to learn to focus on the still, quiet place within. Utilizing sound in your daily life can be as helpful and beneficial as good eating habits, meditation and exercise.