Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing.
Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras’ use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.
Sound baths help to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment.
Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to.
By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
This same concept is utilised in meditation by regulating the breath, but with sound it’s the frequency that is the agent which influences the shift.
A sound therapy treatment or therapy session is both a passive and participatory experience.
The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It’s in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in.
Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.
If we are able to shift our perspective, we can change our relationship to the issue, that may be preventing us from experiencing our optimal homeostasis.
Sound not only helps with inducing relaxation, but also has a way of moving through areas of blockage.
These energetic blockage areas can be located in our physical bodies, our subtle bodies, or both.
The physical body is where we experience localized pain and discomfort.
Using Tibetan singing bowls, we can stimulate the release of Nitric Oxide, a free radical molecule that has been proven to positively affect pain transmission and control.
Which, in short, means that these frequencies help to create a physiological reaction, while the sound itself helps to influence our auditory system, enabling us to modify our relationship to the pain.
Our “subtle body” is our energetic body.
This body is where our life force energy exists, commonly referred to as Qi, Chi or prana.
In Chinese medicine, meridian points are used to pinpoint areas that have restricted energetic flow to our physical and subtle bodies.
The body is known to have thousands of these meridian lines that are mapped out through the body, in the same way we’ve mapped out the latitude and longitude of the earth.
The subtle body holds imbalances and traumas that can eventually manifest in our physical bodies, which is why it’s important to look at healing and balance not only from a physical perspective, but as a complete holistic experience that includes mind, body and spirit.
Sound has the ability to positively affect our whole being.