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 from 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.
Sound Healing can be explained scientifically in the following ways:
Scientifically speaking, sympathetic resonance is when the vibrations in one object produce vibrations in another. For example, if you have two tuning forks close to one another, if you strike one, it will cause the other tuning fork to vibrate at a similar frequency.
This is the principle that causes the body to vibrate at the same frequency as the sounds produced by crystal bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and other sound-healing instruments.
Brainwave entrainment refers to the capacity of the brain to naturally synchronize its brainwave frequencies with the rhythm of external stimuli. In practical terms, this means that your brainwave frequencies synchronize with the frequencies produced by sound healing instruments. The positive frequencies allow your cells to operate in harmony with each other, healing organs, bones and uncomfortable emotional states.
Frequency Following Response
Brainwaves are directly linked to mental states of consciousness. There are different types of brainwaves: delta, theta, alpha, and beta waves. Relatively slow delta waves are emitted during sleep, faster theta waves are emitted during meditation, and beta waves (the fastest) are emitted when we are problem-solving or focusing on particular tasks.
Sound waves that correspond to these four types of brain waves are generated when the sound healing practitioner strikes instruments. For example, the sound healer uses instruments that produce vibrations corresponding to the brain’s theta waves (4-8 hertz) to induce the positive feelings and healing experienced during meditation.
Balance the brain’s left and right hemispheres
The left and right sides of the brain are very different. The left side of the brain is associated with logic and problem solving. The right side of the brain is associated with creativity. In most people, the right or left side of the brain is dominant. Sound healing works on both sides of the brain to develop areas where we might be weak and improve communication between the hemispheres.
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. Paula is a Biofield Tuning Practitioner who uses sound to restore wholeness and connection to the authentic self.
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. Paula is trained in Dan Leven’s Shake Your Soul and Journey Dance which she has offered as a form of embodied movement practice in private settings and in various treatment centers.
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