We don’t need to do thorough research to know that sounds have a capacity to heal us. We’ve all been at a point where we feel low and our favorite songs provide us with a sense of tranquility. This is at the core of the benefits of sound healing to us. However, this is just a broad generalization of the effects that sound has on us.
Our brains emit waves of different frequencies. The core of sound healing is based on the fact that when external sound stimuli register in our ear, our brain adapts to the sounds and produces an intrinsic wave of frequencies that match with the respective sound waves. This can aid us by producing a sensation of calm and help us relax.
A study in the 1970s proposed that when one tone is played to one ear, and a different tone is played to the other, the two hemispheres of the brain connect and create a third (internal) tone called a binaural beat. This is said to synchronize the brain, providing clarity, calmness, and faster communication between the mind and the body. It is also evidence that our brains and bodies indeed respond to sound in such a way that we create our own intrinsic music to adapt to it.
Another argument to support the reported benefits of sound healing is based on the composition of the human body. Our body is comprised over 70% of water. Waves interact with water to create ripples in them. The vibrations in water can be attributed to the sound waves that move through it. The same thing happens in our body.
The water that forms the basis of our cells vibrates when subjected to sound waves. In experiments, researchers have modeled how cancer cells start vibrating and ultimately disintegrate when in the presence of sound waves of certain frequencies.
Sound healing can be used in conjunction with traditional healing methods, if not all on their own, to provide relief for many ailments. Some of them are PTSD, anxiety, depression, pain and mood swings. Sound healing can also provide sensations of emotional and mental clarity, relaxation, improved sleep and improve creativity.
Our brainwaves are mostly fluctuating. The basis of sound healing rests upon the process of entrainment. Entrainment entails stabilizing our brain waves to a consistent level by exposing them to sound waves of consistent frequencies in order to aid with the healing process.
We already know that sound waves successfully change the energy states of our brains. Deep breathing is an effect related with the brain registering into a calmer state. This is where the brain falls into either of the Alpha, Theta or Delta states. These states imply that the brain waves are produced with a frequency of anywhere from between one-half Hertz to thirteen Hertz.
Sound waves also have the ability to render us in deep sleep. This is an indicator of how powerful sound waves can be. In such moments, the corresponding frequencies of the brain waves fell into the lower spectrum of the aforementioned range(from one-half Hertz to eight Hertz).
This is just a bird’s-eye view of the benefits of sound healing. Each case is separate and each individual has a different reaction to the same stimuli. People in a group session of a sound therapy might feel different sensations depending on how they were feeling prior to their engagement with a specific soundscape.
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