All of us have a favourite song or songs. A melody that strikes a chord, and makes us feel a certain way. Either that, or the soothing sounds of waves, dry leaves rattling, or a wind chime. It is bound to make calm us down. Then there are certain sounds that are downright jarring, like a traffic jam. We’re surrounded by sounds from the time we wake up, and each one of them has some impact on us.
But do sounds actually heal you? The answer is yes.
What is sound healing?
Sound healing is an ancient phenomenon that uses special vibrational frequencies to bring the body into a state of tranquility. Be it vocal or instruments like gongs, Tibetan bowls, or tuning forks, it is a practice that uses vibrations to relax the mind and body.
Due to this, music has now become a big part of meditation. Since experts believe in its soothing and healing properties. But not many know that sound healing in itself, can relieve problems such as anxiety, insomnia, blood pressure, and improve circulation and respiratory rates.
How did it originate?
You’ll find traces of sound healing in some form in every culture on Earth. Believed to go back to ancient Greece, when music was used as an attempt to heal mental disorders. It is also greatly practiced by the Aboriginal people in Australia, and Tibetan monks for centuries.
Another noticeable example is the sound chambers created by the early Egyptians in the pyramids.
Even in the Vedic texts, the word Aum is given high regard and is believed to be the sound of the Universe. In the Bible, John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word…”
The healing prowess of sounds has been around since the beginning of civilisation…
So why are they now in trend suddenly?
More people around the world are waking up to the benefits of mindfulness techniques. Be it meditation, crystals, or sound healing, these practices are like commas in a sentence, that allow us to pause, and slow down.
Not to forget, the long list of Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities going gaga over this practice, has added fuel to re-ignite this ancient art.
What are the benefits?
Deep relaxation is one of the most significant and universal benefits of sound therapy. If not anything else, relaxation is the definite takeaway from sound healing, and worth it on its own. In the crazy world that we live in, we can all use some downtime.
Clears Energy Blockages
Some people experience deep healing during sound therapy as the sound vibrations open, clear, and balance their chakras and release stuck energy. It can be as energetic as a deep tissue massage, that leaves you feeling balanced and replenished.
Benefits can include improved sleep, reduction of chronic pain and blood pressure, lower risk of cholesterol and heart diseases. They are surely not complete replacements to medical treatments but offer added support in the process.
Improves Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing
It balances and clears the mind, and leads to a renewed sense of purpose, well-being, calm, and happiness. They align our thoughts and allow us to experience stillness.
How can you practice it at home?
Set the mood right
Similar to meditation, ensure that you’re in a quiet place, seated comfortably, and with no distractions.
Have an open heart and mind and allow yourself to surrender to all the thoughts and feelings that will flow through you.
Let the action begin
You can either play one of many instruments or music yourself or go online and find your preferred sound bath. Alo Moves, Goop, and The Rebel Human offer them for free.
Let your thoughts sway away to the tunes of music, with sound healing. You have to try it to believe it!