What is Sound Healing? Music Therapy with Healing Sounds
Sound healing therapy uses aspects of music to improve physical and emotional health and well-being breathwork. Music therapy through healing sounds can be developed in different ways:
Listening to healing music with gongs, Tibetan bowls, sounds of nature…
Singing along to music, such as reciting mantras
Moving to the rhythm of music, with active meditations
Sound healing in the West dates back to ancient Greece, when music was used in an attempt to cure mental disorders. Throughout history, sound healing has been used in different cultures for thousands of years.
Despite their differences in form, all of these various sound healing techniques have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance and illness to a place of balance and healing .
More recently, research has linked music to a number of health benefits, from boosting immune function and reducing stress levels to improving the health of premature babies.
Sound Healing in Meditation for Physical and Emotional Healing
Deep relaxation is one of the most important and universal benefits of sound therapy. Sounds permeate our system and return it to harmony.
Meditating with sounds helps clear energy blockages . Some people experience deep healing during sound therapy when sound vibrations open, clear and balance the chakras and release stuck energy, leaving them feeling balanced and whole.
A guided meditation with healing sounds helps you sleep better, reduce chronic pain and blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower your risk of heart disease.
Meditating with healing sounds heals on a mental, emotional and spiritual level. Helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression . It balances and clears the mind and leads to a renewed sense of purpose, well-being, calm and happiness.
How Sound Healing works
In short, sound healing is a practice that uses vibrations (vocal or instrumental gongs, singing bowls, and tuning forks) to relax the mind and body. The harmonic vibrations of the instruments have a deeply penetrating effect on the recipient , reducing blood pressure, improving circulation, reducing respiratory rate and promoting healing and well-being.
Sound healing helps facilitate changes in our brain wave state. By using rhythm and frequency, it is possible to lower our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even achieve theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
As humans, we are composed primarily of liquid, which means that these vibrations penetrate deep into the body; The sound resonates directly in our cellular memory, releasing blockages and creating a deep feeling of peace and relaxation.
Listening to music floods our brain with dopamine and also releases oxytocin , a natural pain reliever and hormone that allows us to bond with others. Neurological studies have shown that listening to music makes us more productive and creative and can also relieve stress and improve our mood.
Benefits of Sound Healing
Although evidence may be limited on some methods, music therapy has been found to be effective for stress reduction and relaxation and has been shown to offer many health benefits.
Music therapy is used to treat the symptoms of a number of conditions, including:
- anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- autism spectrum disorder and learning difficulties
- psychiatric and behavioral disorders
Some of the purported benefits of music therapy include:
- stress reduction
- decreased anxiety and depression
- improves memory
- reduces mood swings
- lowers blood pressure
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- pain reduction
- reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
- improves sleep
Sound Healing Retreats with Healing Sounds
Sound Healing retreats are an experience to calm the mind and connect with the spirit . That is why we include them whenever possible in our transformational retreats.
Sound healing sessions can be experienced individually but on retreats we practice it in a group setting. A sound healing session may involve sitting or lying down while listening to live instruments.
As we increasingly turn to alternative therapies and new ways to care for our holistic well-being, sound healing is quickly becoming a popular way to relax , de-stress and return to a place of balance.
Sound healing, sound healing music therapy is suitable for everyone and requires nothing from the participant other than being