Building Capacity and Restoring Resilience Through Sound and Movement

Sound and vibration have been used to restore health and promote resiliency for centuries. It is a growing field of interest today for researchers, clinicians, and medical professionals. 

The therapeutic application of sound has been well established in many non-Western cultures. Some of the earliest detailing of ‘sound healing’ in a formal sense is probably the indigenous Australians (40,000 years ago), who used ancient didgeridoos in healing rituals. Similarly, the ancient Egyptians also utilized sound healing, with pyramids designed to create sound chambers. From Tibetan singing bowls, shamanic drums, and vocal chanting, there’s a form of sound healing to be found in every culture worldwide and throughout history.

Sound therapy works with vibration. When we consider that everything is a vibration, you can tune your body like you tune an instrument. Different instruments, vocals, or sounds can be set to certain frequencies. Sound therapy works with the principles of resonance and entrainment, finding the areas of dissonance in the body and entraining the bodily systems into a more harmonious expression.

Today, acoustic healing is offered in many settings through ultrasound, vibroacoustic methods, tuning forks, or tones. These methods are known to stimulate a parasympathetic response, to discharge energy, and to feel more resourced in the present moment by supporting a deeper level of embodiment.

Similarly, movement or dance has been used cross-culturally across time to celebrate rites of passage, to grieve, or to cleanse the body and soul of the individual and collective pain.

Embodied Movement practices offer an opportunity to explore the embodiment of our cells, our body systems, and movement patterns to increase awareness, perception, and consciousness. Movement methods such as Emily Conrad’s Continuum Movement, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen’s, BodyMind Centering, or Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms all focus on deepening the inherent wisdom of the body and the enhancement of consciousness through the body.

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“Feelings are neither positive or negative, they simply are elemental forces in our life energy with their own vibrations and functions. They are essential to our health and well-being. Fear protects, anger defends, sadness releases, joy uplifts, compassion unites. Each is a level and a vibration of energy that needs to flow freely for us to be really engaged in the present.”

– Gabrielle Roth