Can Sound Really Heal?
We use music for entertainment, expression, celebration, ceremony, leisure, and communication. Whether we are musically inclined or not, it is the one thing that truly connects humans from all cultures, creeds, and corners of the earth.
We play music at our weddings to celebrate love, and at funerals to say goodbye. We listen when we are bored, and dance to it when we want to have fun. And we sing praises and worship our deities with it.
But most importantly, we use music for healing.
A 2006 study done by the Journal of Advanced Nursing discovered that those who listen to music feel less pain and experience less anxiety than those who don’t.
Since sounds come at different frequencies and we too emit our own waves, healing with sound happens by matching frequencies to those that are conducive to healing and relaxation. Healing with sound can improve or cure many ailments including:
- Learning disabilities
- Anxiety and stress
- Physical pain
It can also bring about:
- Clarity and balance
- Improved memory and concentration
- Improved sleep
- A stronger immune system
- Heightened awareness, both of the self and the environment
Enter the sound healing phenomenon of the last decade – Tibetan singing bowls, which have long been used by Buddhist monks to practice meditation.
Many people claim that vibrations of these singing bowls have a positive effect on the body by reducing stress, and it does so by harmonising the cells and balancing the body’s energy system. Some of the possible uses for singing bowl therapy include:
Stress relief: Some research supports the use of Tibetan singing bowls as a way to promote relaxation, improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Improving sleep: Because singing bowl therapy has been linked to decreased anxiety and tension, it may be helpful for improving sleep.
Stimulating the immune system: Some also claim that Tibetan singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce beneficial changes in brain waves.
Balancing and harmonising the body: The vibrations of a singing bowl can produce beneficial changes in the body by harmonising the cells and balancing the body’s energy system.
We know this sounds a little too good to be true, so here’s the science of how healing these little gems work:
- When played, the whirling sounds and high frequencies created by the bowls slow down your brain waves to the theta state .
- When our brainwaves are in the theta state, our minds and bodies naturally begin to heal themselves.
- Theta brainwaves also reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety and increase your intuition & creativity.
- When in the theta state, you are also able to access your subconscious mind, which is when you can experience powerful insights, reprogram and release.
While there may not be alot of scientific evidence to support the exact healing effects of singing bowls, it comes tried and tested at Bodytree Studio, and we know it works! A single session is a great way to enhance meditation and deep breathing, which in turn alleviates stress and instills calm. So why not give it a try?