How and Why Sound Therapy Works漏
Over the past four years my work in the field of sound therapy has helped people to reduce or eliminate stress, emotional and physical pain and discomfort,improve learning ability, memory, attention, enhances creativity, ability to take action and the process of self-transformation. It helps to overcome depression and contributes to a deep sense of well-being.
During our normal waking state, the normal frequency of our brain waves is that of Beta. Sound tools entrain the brain to move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies. These are the frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind and intuition. Modern medicine can now measure and thus confirm the practice of sound as a means to heal. Vibrational Sound from Tibetan Singing Bowls has such proven results. Mitchel Gaynor, MD is the clinical professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College and founder of Gaynor Integrative Oncology in New York City. The August 2003 issue of Spirituality and Health magazine reports the success he has had treating victims of life threatening disease and especially cancer patients through sound therapy including Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls and chanting.
Dr. Gaynor states "If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder."
Some of the reasons why the healing potential of sound is so powerful are still being researched. The Spirituality and Health magazine article states that a more holistic approach to medicine is now being embraced in medical schools such as Duke University and the University of North Carolina. These institutions have added programs that address the connection between mind, body and spirit. We know, for example that the vibrations from the sound engages the relaxation reflex while they inhibit the stress or pain response. But there is a strong spiritual component that is at work here as well. It is the combination of both that creates healing. On a scientific level, a sound healing will normally reduce brain wave activity, slow the respiratory and heart rate. Here is a report from a San Diego based Bio- Feedback practitioner. We hooked him up to the biofeedback machines during my sessions:
"Biofeedback is a way of feeding back information to a person regarding their physiology using computer technology. Applied biofeedback began in the United States in the late 1950s. Research has indicated that individuals could gain voluntary control over several different Autonomic Nervous System functions. Biofeedback teaches self-regulation. It helps a person understand how their mind affects their body.
Cardio-Respiratory Biofeedback (measured by placing electrodes on the wrists to measure heart rate and placing a breathing strain gauge around the abdomen to measure breathing) is a scientifically valid measurement device.
Heart rate increases as a person inhales and decreases as one exhales. This is called cardio-respiratory synchronicity. Research has shown that when breathing and heart rate are in synch this produces a resonant frequency in the body (similar to the resonance being produced by the Tibetan bowls. This is extremely beneficial for the heart and the entire body. Stress related disorders, pain, and many other disorders are predicted by whether or not a person is achieving cardio-respiratory synchrony. During a session of Tibetan bowl sound therapy, cardio-respiratory synchronicity increased dramatically as measured by J&J Engineered Biofeedback equipment. Data showed that during the sound therapy session there was an increase in Parasympathetic Nervous System activity and decrease in Sympathetic Nervous System drive. The relaxation response was initiated and the stress response was inhibited. This means the Autonomic Nervous System was balanced for the majority of the session. The resonance of the bowls produced slow breathing of approximately six breaths per minute which produced beneficial effects on the heart and whole body.
These results are promising in that Tibetan bowl sound therapy increases cardio-respiratory synchronicity and resonance within the body. Therefore, there are many disorders that can greatly benefits from the use of Tibetan bowl sound therapy".
This means that vibrational sound energy can be considered a viable alternative breast cancer therapy, alternative health therapy and a complement to every healing program.
What does the sound from the bowls actually do? Simply put, it puts your physical, emotional, and spiritual energies back into alignment. When these energies are aligned, this creates the perfect container for healing.
Di谩ne Mandle is a certified sound healer who has maintained a private practice in this field since 2000. In addition, she presents educational programs and sound healing concerts on the east and west coast. Visit her web site at http:www.soundenergyhealing.com