Sound Healing promotes deep relaxation and mindfulness in which state physical and mental well being can be improved. I use the vibration of specially calibrated tuning forks to balance and release blockages in the chakras or energy centres. This process enables self healing. Most people find this surprisingly effective
How does it work?
It works on many levels; connecting sound vibration through the ear directly to the vagus nerve. This is the tenth cranial nerve, it provides the main parasympathetic supply to the heart and stimulates a reduction in heart rate. It also communicates with the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. Much research is currently available into treating psychiatric and gastrointestinal disorders via the vagus nerve and it’s also used in stroke recovery. Vagal ‘tone’ is correlated with the capacity to regulate stress responses and can be influenced by slow breathing, meditation, yoga and massage. The effect contributes to improving mood and symptoms of anxiety.
Everything around us is made of energy vibrating at specific sound frequencies.
The adult body is 75% water and water is a great conductor for sound vibration. When vibrations travel through the body, they stimulate circulation, energy flow and promote rejuvenation. The frequency of the sound synchronizes with our brainwaves and activates responses in the body. The human brain is made up of millions of brain cells called neurons which use electricity to communicate with each other. The combination of all these neurons sending signals produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in the brain which can be measured with medical equipment such as EEG. This is referred to as brainwave pattern because of its cyclic ‘wave like’ nature.
We have five brain frequencies: Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and Gamma and each is measured in cycles per second (Hz) They each have their own set of characteristics representing specific levels of brain activity and states of consciousness. Sound healing slows the brainwaves, enabling an alpha/beta state in the form of deep mental calm and relaxation. According to neuro scientists this state produces significant increases in the levels of beta-endorphin, norepinephrine and dopamine which can be linked with enlarged mental clarity, formation of memory and a greater sense of knowing.
Many of us associate happiness with ‘left brain living’ where all decisions are based on logic. It’s believed that the ability to tap into a balance between left and right brain consciousness through meditation can bring about self healing and a greater sense of fulfilment.
By tapping into Alpha (slower) brainwaves many health benefits have been reported including:
A sense of peace and calmness leading to emotional stability and clarity
A reduction of stress, tension and anxiety
The ability to think positively with increased optimism. This is linked with the production and release of the neurotransmitter serotonin responsible for overall well being.
Increased self awareness and self actualisation
Increased creativity with enhanced learning and better attention span
Improved sleep patterns and lower blood pressure
What to expect
I works with tuning forks which are calibrated at different frequencies. The fork is sounded with a beater first at the ears and then across the entire body over the chakras or energy points. Most of the forks are sounded to resonate with the auric field near the body but the weighted forks make actual physical, vibrating contact
Please see my Reiki page for a diagram of the chakras. In a nutshell, the Chakras are not physical but aspects of consciousness in the same way as auras and meridians. Chakras interact with the physical body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system and the nervous system. Each of the seven main Chakras are associated with one of the seven endocrine glands their positioning corresponding to the positions of the glands in the endocrine system.
A variety of health problems may be caused by Chakra imbalances affecting the associated endocrine gland and organs in the specific region thus potentially contributing to mental disorders and illness.
Sound Healing and Mindfulness
According to the NHS and Mindfulness for Mental Wellbeing, mindfulness is about becoming more aware of the present moment which in turn can help us enjoy the world around us and understand ourselves better.
Mark Williams, professer of clinical psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves moment by moment. He says that mindfulness can be an antidote to the ‘tunnel vision’ that can develop in our daily lives, especially when we are busy, stressed or tired.
“ It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thought without stopping to notice how these thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour” he says “An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs”
“Awareness of this kind doesn’t start by trying to change or fix anything. It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives”
We are bombarded by WiFi, electromagnetic energy, geopathic stress, solar and cosmic activity, people's energy plus much more every day and at times our subtle body vibrations struggle to survive in this environment of chaotic energy, frequencies and vibrations that do not suit us. Worse case scenario is that we can become ill
Sound mindfulness is taking time out to listen
Extracts gratefully quoted from Suara Sound Academy