If you’ve never experienced a sound healing, you may want to after reading this.
Sound as a healing therapy is growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why – all you have to do is lie down and be serenaded by the soothing sounds of crystal bowls, gongs, chimes, Tibetan singing bowls and the likes. You’ll likely fall asleep and wake up not only refreshed but possibly find that nagging ache in your joints gone, your insomnia a thing of the past, and stress a lesser challenge. So how does sound actually heal? We give you the low down.
Prick up your ears
As the name implies, it is a form of therapy that utilises the effects of sound. It can be done individually or in groups, led by a sound healer who uses a variety of percussion instruments. Sessions typically last an hour and the person or persons being healed are asked to lie down in a comfortable position and just enjoy the music. If there is a specific problem that you want to take care of, you can set the intention before the healing begins. Besides deep relaxation and destressing, one of the general effects of sound healing is that the body will go into detox mode for up to several days afterwards so it’s a good idea to increase water consumption to aid that process.
Sound travels faster in water and as 60-70% of the human body is made up of water, the vibrations can reach the auditory cortex – the part of our brain that processes sounds – and trigger the desired responses while promoting circulation, energy flow, and rejuvenation. Listening to music also cues the brain to release dopamine or the “happy hormone”, and oxytocin which is a natural painkiller. Sound healing promotes all that plus help release energy blocks in your chakras
Let the music heal (more than) your soul
Sound healing can be used to help with a variety of physical as well as emotional issues, and is most popularly used for alleviating or regulating:
- Mood swings
- Blood pressure and cholesterol
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Crystal bowls, chimes, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, drums, flutes, and didgeridoo are among the more commonly used instruments in sound healing. Some healers also use their voices to add to the sounds.
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