The Benefits of Sound Healing
Could you benefit from sound healing?
Stress plays a huge role in health issues and dis-ease. With countless distractions, stimulation, and noise in our modern world, it’s challenging to reduce stress and recharge. Many people are turning to sound healing for relief. This form of acoustic therapy uses sound vibrations to relax the body and mind, leading to many benefits that support healing. And sound healing is enjoyable; it speaks to your soul. Let’s explore the benefits of sound healing and how it can help you achieve a greater state of relaxation and wellness.
What is Sound Healing?
Sound healing uses sound waves to relax the body and bring it into a parasympathetic state that restores health. Sound healers use tuning forks, singing bowls, drums, gongs, chimes, and other instruments (including their voice), to create a soothing soundscape. The harmonious frequencies produced by these instruments help clear energetic blocks and promote flow and harmony within your mind, body, and soul.
How Does Sound Healing Work?
Frequency + Intention
During a sound healing session, you typically sit or lay in a relaxed and receptive position. What makes sound therapy healing is (1) the frequency, or wavelength, of the sound and (2) your intention. Specific frequencies create different responses. For example, hearing binaural beats (two different tones played in each ear) balances brainwaves and calms the nervous system.
Receiving the full benefits also depends on your intention. Sound Expert Jonathan Goldman says, “Frequency plus intent equals healing, which means the sound we make, coupled with the intention or the consciousness we put on the sound, creates the outcome of the sound.” The more attentively you listen and allow the sound to wash over you (like a sound bath), the deeper your body relaxes. Many people also feel a spiritual connection that allows Divine insights to flow through and heighten the experience even more.
Studies have shown that regular sessions of sound healing can have numerous beneficial effects on physical, emotional, and spiritual health. For example, a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine found that sound healing reduced anxiety and improved mood in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Another study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that sound healing improved sleep quality and reduced fatigue in people with sleep disorders.
In addition, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that sound healing improved immune system function by increasing the production of immune cells in the body. Another study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies found that sound healing reduced pain and inflammation in people with chronic pain conditions.
Overall, these studies provide evidence that regular sessions of sound healing can have significant positive effects on physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
9 Benefits of Sound Healing
Sound healing encourages a state of DEEP relaxation so the body can heal. Using specific frequencies, sound allows you to shift into harmony, balance, and coherence. Sound healing can be beneficial for reducing stress, clearing energetic and emotional blocks, improving mood, increasing awareness, reducing pain, boosting your health, and more.
Sound healing can help YOU…
1. Relieve Stress
Over 90 percent of doctor’s visits are due to stress, and stress relief is one of the greatest benefits of sound healing. Simply put, stress and dis-ease reflect disharmony, while relaxation and health reflect harmony. Sound healing relaxes your body and quiets your mind to reduce stress-related issues and improve your health. As calming sounds surround and flow through your system, you restore harmony, balance, and flow within your mind, body, and soul. This can lead to a renewed sense of happiness, purpose, and wellness.
“You can look at disease as a form of disharmony. And there’s no organ system in the body that’s not affected by sound, music and vibration.” — Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., Sounds of Healing
2. Improve Health
Sound healing creates “sound health.” As a result of reducing stress, sound healing also supports health by activating a relaxed rest-and-digest healing response. This parasympathetic state produces nitric oxide (NO), which improves circulation, blood flow, and cell efficiency — All of which promote health. Sound Healing Expert, Dr. John Beaulieu has researched how therapeutic sound promotes nitric oxide, a powerful antibacterial and antiviral molecule that benefits relaxation, pain-relief, inflammation, circulation, and immunity.
3. Release Buried Emotions
Since everything has a vibrational frequency, including you, it’s only natural that sound impacts how you feel. That’s why music can elicit specific emotions. Sound healing allows you to unearth and release buried emotions, traumas, and memories. As this energetic weight releases, you feel lighter and more at ease. Due to these emotional shifts, therapeutic sound can be helpful for anxiety and depression.
“Sound has a direct effect on the chemistry of our emotions. It is not just that certain types of music make us feel happy or sad, but that specific frequencies can alter our brainwave patterns, which directly shift our emotional states.” — Don Gorman, The Sound Healer’s Bible.
4. Enhance Mood
Though you may not realize it, the sounds you hear throughout the day profoundly impact your mood. For example, noise from a construction site can leave you feeling irritated and on edge, whereas the tranquil sounds of nature elicit feelings of calm and peace. That’s why it’s essential to be intentional about the sounds you allow into your space. Luckily, sound healing provides an opportunity to enhance your mood with high-vibe frequencies that encourage feelings of well-being. According to a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, listening to 30 minutes of live music increases dopamine levels. This “feel-good” neurotransmitter makes you feel happy and motivated. Recorded music provides similar benefits.
5. Boost Brainwaves
You’re designed to be in harmony, and your brain supports that. By providing a consistent frequency, sound healing allows your brainwaves to entrain or synchronize with the frequency of the sound. When your brainwaves are in sync, you feel more relaxed and focused. You can balance and harmonize your brain, body, heart, chakras, meridians, and more through entrainment. You can also shift your brainwaves from a normal beta state to a relaxed alpha state, a deep meditative theta state, and even a restorative delta state. Brainwave entrainment has many benefits, including better focus, concentration, relaxation, and sleep.
6. Expand Consciousness
Not only does sound have the ability to boost brainwaves, it can also help you access expanded states of consciousness. Ancient cultures often used drumming to create a heartbeat rhythm of about 5 hertz, a theta brainwave state. Theta brainwaves allow you to enter a deeply meditative, dream-like state. Some also speculate that specific frequencies open the third eye and crown chakras that enable connection to higher realms of consciousness.
“When we raise our vibration through sound, we open ourselves up to experience life in a completely different way. We connect with our higher selves, the universe, and all that is. We become more attuned to our intuition and the subtle guidance of our soul.” — Julie Beischel, Ph.D., Mediumship Researcher
7. Access a Whole-Brain State
Science shows that brainwave entrainment is also effective at bridging both brain hemispheres to stimulate a Whole-Brain State. Listening to or playing music is one of the few things that lights up the entire brain on an EEG scan. When you’re in a Whole-Brain State, you’re able to think more clearly and creatively, coming up with solutions much easier.
“In a Whole-Brain State, both sides of the brain work together efficiently. The logical left side and the creative right side are integrated so you can think more clearly, creatively, and holistically. You become more intelligent, insightful, and effective when both sides of your brain work together in harmony.” — Dr. Dan Gable, Whole Brain States Expert
8. Increase Heart-Brain Coherence
Sound healing increases heart-brain coherence, which promotes better communication between these two organs. When your heart and brain resonate and work together, you think more clearly, make better decisions, and feel more centered, calm, and happy. As you achieve higher heart-brain states, you can also expand consciousness into mystical states and resonate with different dimensions of reality.
9. Be More Magnetic
Using sound therapeutically allows you to achieve greater harmony and become a powerful manifestor. When you’re in a state of resonance, you emit a high-frequency signal that influences your reality in POWERFUL ways. You also tune into more subtle signals around you, making it easier to receive guidance from your intuition and the Universe.
“As we become more coherent and harmonious, we increase our magnetic field and radiate a higher vibration that is attractive to all things. We can change the world around us by changing the quality of our own consciousness.” — Dr. Masaru Emoto, Water Crystals Researcher
Experience Sound Healing
Whether you want to relax, reduce stress, or improve your health, sound healing is worth experiencing. Here are some ways to include more harmonious sounds in your life…
- Spend more time outside enjoying the sounds of nature
- Schedule a private sound healing session with Deb in person or virtually
- Attend a local or online sound bath, drum circle, or sonic journey ( I offer sound baths in Madison at my studio and also online.)
- Listen to healing frequencies and music, especially with noise-canceling headphones
- Express your voice through singing, humming, chanting, or vocal toning
- Play an instrument, even something simple like a drum, rattle, or chime
Private Sessions are offered in Madison or virtually.
Article by Cate Ritterhuge