What is Sound Healing Anyway?
Sound healing is a very broad subject and includes many different tools and techniques. At its basic level, it is the intention to create a shift or change by using sound. Let’s take a look at sound first. Sound is vibration and everything vibrates, from our kidneys, to our cells, our thoughts and emotions or how we feel, to the room we are sitting in. Vibrations are calculated as frequencies or how fast or slow that something is vibrating measured in hertz, or cycles per second. Some frequencies or sounds are audible and some are not, but many are still affecting us. There are many ways to use sound to create a shift or change or heal. Sound has been discovered as a powerful tool that can create or destroy, this is why it is used in war and in our hospitals. Examples of this are breaking apart of kidney stones, using loud music to drive out the people of the waco branch davidian cult complex and also demonstrated by Hans Jenny discoveries, research in Cymatics, that sound creates geometric patterns when aimed at a plate of sand. Sound Healing can show up as ‘Kirtan’ or singing in praise to the divine, having songs played to the dying and ill, or as straight frequencies that resonate with the tones that you are deficient of.
Sound practitioners, who use sound to heal, may use methods with intuition or mechanical devices or both. There are many ways to use sound to create a shift or change or heal. First, one must have a pure intention of what is going to be shifted. The most powerful sound-healing tool that we have is the human voice. Just think of a mother singing to her baby or someone reading a relaxing story. The voice can be used to release unwanted emotion and trauma and can be used to express and feel ‘heard’ and also for transmuting energy. We can use the voice to resonate with an emotion that needs shifting and transmute it into a place of desired emotion. For example, in some sessions with my clients, I will have them make the sound that they are feeling and I will match their sound with my voice and as we sing it together, the client feels heard. Then I may take their sound and begin to bend it upward and play with it so that it may be shifted or transmuted. We then may sing together sounds of what the client is feeling and transmute energy into a state of peace, or contentment or gratitude. This is called vocal toning. Much like chanting, it is a way to move beyond the mind to express and release that, which doesn’t serve and puts one into a higher state of consciousness. Since sound expresses far more than words, it creates a profound shift and allows the spirit to move through it in a non-judgmental, non-cognitive way. In this method of sound healing treatment, there is no such thing as a wrong note. We simply honor the feelings and emotions that exist, as nothing ever goes away when pushed under the carpet. All of our feelings and emotions, which are frequencies, need to be embraced and seen as an opportunity for new awareness for our evolution. Once we gain awareness, we can transmute and allow them to move through us. As a sound practitioner, I work with clients one-to-one and I may sing into part of their body. In this way, I use my intuition to sound the area of discomfort that needs a shift and match its frequency with my voice, so that I’m resonating with it and it feels heard, from there, I can sing to it and play with what exists there and create a new frequency. I may also be singing tones of anxiety that a client feels and then work it into a state of peace. Sounding with our voices is helps us to move through different states we find ourselves in and can be used anywhere and anytime. For example, when I have a busy mind, I may stop and sing ‘eeeeeeeeeeee….’. My mind stops, as if to look at the sound and say what just happened. Or another effective practice is to focus on your heart, you can even place your hand over your heart and tune into the frequency of gratitude or love, and chant by singing several ‘Ah’s. According to the heart institute, just 5 minutes of focusing on love from the heart for 5 minutes, shows up in our system for 6 hours! It is so important to honor the feelings and emotions and gain the awareness from them, and then let them flow through and out like water. In my sound healing work, I work a lot with the heart area and emotional and mental frequencies mainly using my voice and crystal singing bowls. Crystal Singing Bowls are made of almost 100% quartz crystal and are sounded with a mallet covered in suede, much like, when you rub your finger around a wine glass to create a sound, except these bowls are much larger is size. The most often used are usually 12” to 24” in diameter. With the help of a skilled practitioner playing a crystal singing bowl, your brain will begin to entrain with the vibrational pattern of the bowls, creating a relaxed state of receiving. Often the first step to speedy recovery or healing is to be completely relaxed and surrender in the moment. The sounds of the bowls are difficult to explain and truly need to be experienced. They are very powerful and have an innate intelligence, in that they seem to go where they need to for balancing out any blockages. They often act as a detox and a ‘flushing’ may occur. They feel as if they surround you like a blanket, then move through and around you. It is like receiving a massage, but with vibrational touch, rather than physical touch.
Sound Healing Treatments help…Listen
Release stress, worry and anxiety
Rebalance energetic centers in the body
Open and align one to spirit by clearing the chakras
Manage pain of pregnancy, menstruation and symptoms of illness
Deepen sleep, lesson insomnia
Balance hormones and mood swings
Move into a meditative state easily and Raise your vibrational frequency!
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How does Sound Healing impact the body?
Sound moves beyond words and beyond our cognitive mechanism. Our bodies are constantly responding and reacting with the vibrations of our environment, our emotions and our thoughts. Which bring us to an important topic of topic relating to sound healing and that’s ‘entrainment’. You may remember in high school science class, being shown two tuning forks and one was struck on the table and the other one still standing begins to vibrate with the one that was struck? Entrainment occurs when a weaker vibration begins to vibrate with a stronger vibration. This is why it’s so important to be conscious of our environment. For example, sirens can cause the body to go into a state of fight or flight. So when A client come to see me for a sound healing session and I begin playing the crystal bowls with an intention of shifting their brain waves pattern, the client falls into a deep state of relaxation. When the brain entrains with the vibrational pattern of the sounding crystal bowl, and becomes relaxed, their body will follow and vice versa, a relaxed body can create a relaxed mind. Practicing this type of sound healing treatment over time can retrain the body to stay more often in a state of peace and help one to handle stress more productively. A client over time can shift layers of previous trauma, stress, and old wounds, to the place where they feel heard, safe, and embraced. People many time express how they feel much more relaxed and balanced in their daily lives by just ‘syncing’ up with these crystal bowl vibrations. As our bodies have memory, after a while you can produce the same effect with out the bowls, just by humming and bringing yourself back to the relaxed sate that your body no easily can remember and recreate. I see many people who feel ‘keyed up’, their minds won’t stop running around, or stop talking, when they need to be listening to others and their body for that matter, and as soon as I play a crystal bowl and being singing with intention, they feel like it just stops and they move into a place of pure peace and many time bliss. They melt like butter into the massage table; tension is released, bringing in balance and harmony. They may even feel as if they have fallen asleep, but it could be just a relaxed state where their entire bodily system may reboot itself.
Different sounds are used as well. If someone was depressed, for example, they may need more activating tones, like fast rhythms with some rattles and shakers, or even a trumpet sound. Many report feeling buzzed, taller, lighter and feeling the effects for up to 2 weeks.
What is a Sound Journey or Sound Immersion?
A sound journey or sound immersion is when you come in for a session or into a ground sound-healing event; lie on the massage table or on the floor on a yoga mat. You come with an intention for healing or growth. Sometimes the intention may be to realign and feel balanced or it may be to gain clarity on an issue that has been on your mind or perhaps you’re stressed and you need to calm down and surrender or perhaps you are depressed and want to transmute negative thoughts. In this experience, there are many different sounds being used and instruments being played, as well as singing voice and vocal toning. You may hear, my voice singing a melody or sounds, drums, rattles, shakers, crystal bowls and crystal pyramids. AS I tune into the energy of the people present, I am guided to create the sounds that would be beneficial and direct this to each person in the room. The whole idea is to use the sound to transmute energy, receive energy and realize your intention by using and receiving the sound that create that possibility for you.