Sound Healing is the therapeutic application of sound to the body. Sound frequencies are believed to have a stimulating, releasing and balancing effect on the our cellular, emotional, mental and spiritual well being.
Unique Healing Instrument
The human voice has the potential to be a unique healing instrument producing pure tone and harmonics. When expressed with pure intention the voice releases energy, opens the heart and brings the mind to the silent still place of Being. Tuning forks and Tibetan bowls may also be used or the client may choose to tone with their own voice or listen to the harmonics of healing music.
What are the benefits?
Benefits vary considerably according to each individual as sound affects us on every level, but most clients are seen to visibly relax as the muscles release tension.
Other common benefits include:
- A deeper sense of calm within the nervous system.
- More refreshing sleep
- Release of blocked emotions
- Reduced physical pain.
- Feeling more positive and understanding of the life situation.
Higher Levels of Consciousness
Tuning forks can spontaneously create a state of deep relaxation, significantly reducing stress levels through unifying the mind and body. A deeper sense of peace creates transcendence to higher levels of consciousness.
When the client chooses to experience their own voice for healing through toning elongated vowel sounds, a more even, deeper breathing pattern occurs through consciously engaging the diaphragm. Previously held emotions and stress related tension are released through the breath. This is why many find singing so challenging as first as it is such an open form of self expression.
Resonate & Uplift
It is widely thought that the great Masters Bach, Beethoven and others channelled Divine works of music to resonate and uplift the physical and subtle bodies of man. Pachabel’s Canon in D produces the perfect rhythm for the heart beat – 64 beats/min and will change the brain waves from Beta to Alpha. Rhythm and pitch are thought to have an effect on the brain’s limbic system affecting the emotions. This is why music can calm the nervous system or have an energising effect.
Music rich in harmonics such as Gregorian chanting can resonate and alter the wavelengths of the brain activity. These changes can be measured through the release of endorphins, creating an ‘other worldly’, altered state of consciousness. The voice or soprano choir boys creates a specific frequency that vibrates with the ear canal at 3-4000 Hz, creating a ‘ring’ as we listen. At 8-10,000 Hz the inner ear lights up.
How does it work?
During a sound healing session the client relaxes on the massage couch and the treatment begins with gentle massage through the clothing to release tension and induce relaxation. An initial scanning with the practitioner’s voice can indicate areas of imbalance within the client. The practitioner begins the session with the intention to be used as an instrument for healing sounds to be transmitted to the client for their highest purpose of balancing areas of disharmony. This intention allows them to also entrain to a deep sense of inner stillness, purity of thought and a desire to transmit sounds that can be accepted by the client.
As the practitioner creates a note by toning, the client entrains to this stronger frequency. Entrainment can also occur when tuning forks are held by the ears during a sound healing treatment for example, the fifth interval of C to G creates feelings of completeness, comfort and balance to the chakra centres. During the early 80’s the French musician and researcher, Fabien Maman demonstrated how the seventh interval could destroy cancer cells, where in contrast, healthy cells were able to absorb the same sounds and even be revitalised by them. His many revolutionary experiments demonstrated the effect of acoustic vibration on the energy field of human cells.
Energy within every level of our being from the physical cells through to the subtle bio-energetic field vibrates at a different frequency. Stresses of the body, mind or emotions can weaken this network creating disharmony and if persistent may create dis-ease. When aligned with pure intention, the practitioner can create specific sounds that resonate and work sympathetically with the client’s physical and subtle bodies.
Jill Purce, David Hykes and Jonathan Goldman were all pioneers of sound bringing Tibetan overtone chanting to the West. Jill says that the degree and quality of overtones creates the unique characteristics of each human voice. Jan attended Inner Sound workshops with Jill Purce in London during the 1990s where the experience of Tibetan overtone chanting sparked her interest in sound as a healing modality, which she later went on to explore with The College of Sound Healing, gaining a diploma in 2014.
The principal of ‘entrainment’ was discovered by Christian Huygens, A Dutch Scientist, in 1665. He noticed that when more than two oscillators were pulsing at a similar rate in the same field, the more powerful of the two would cause the other to vibrate at the same rate.
In 1970 The Swiss Scientist Dr Hans Jenny showed how the wave forms of musical tones (‘Cymatics’) created cell-like structures of incredible geometric patterns in previously inert powder and liquid substances. It is common for the tones used in sound healing sessions to be perceived as patterns, shapes as well as colour, scent and healing images.
In “superstring” theory, it is thought that sub-atomic particle “strings” are the ultimate components from which the universe is comprised. Vibrating at a specific frequency enables them to communicate with each other as a huge stringed instrument throughout the universe. Vibration is thought to move through this fifth element of ether – Akasha or space or sound. During a Sound Healing treatment, voice frequencies of the therapist move through the transmitter of the ether via these densely packed strings, to the physical or subtle bodies of the receiver. The human body is over 75% water which is a good conductor of sound. The effects of frequency are very powerful. When an opera singer is able to vibrate a glass with her voice she has matched her voice to the resonant frequency of the glass.
When you put your hands on my lower back and neck it felt very nurturing and I saw the image of a baby in the womb. I then realised that you were chanting. It sounded beautiful and my body softened. It was an amazing treatment, very gentle and I felt relaxed immediately afterwards.