We’ve all experienced the power of sound throughout our lives. Whether it’s through stirred emotions brought on by a favorite song, the hum of a blender taking us back to memories from our grandma’s kitchen, or the adrenaline rush of approaching sirens, we have all witnessed ways that the human mind and body are tied to sound.
We use sound to celebrate, mourn, love, praise and to incite fun. Sound and music have the ability to connect humans from all cultures and corners of the earth, which makes sense, as music was never invented or discovered but something innate in us all.
It should make it no surprise, then, that it has been used as therapy and a form of healing, dating as far back as the Ancient Greece era (800 b.c.- 500 b.c.). More currently, sound healing is quickly being discovered in healing and wellness centers around the world, as it is increasingly backed by science and allopathic medicine.
Sound healing can be administered through a variety of instruments, including crystal singing bowls and Tibetan singing bowls, drums, tuning forks and harps and can be accompanied by voice via singing, chanting and guided meditation. The vibrations of sound and music have the power to be orchestrated in ways that tune the body to frequencies which can:
- Promote deep peace
- Decrease anxiety, depression and stress
- Improve memory
- Regulate breathing and blood pressure
- Reduce pain
- Improve sleep
and can improve many facets of a patient’s life, including:
- Emotional and social development
- Cognitive and motor functioning
- Psychological and psychiatric health
“Sound is the force of creation, the true whole. Music, then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and therefore the optimal way to reach the final state of healing.”
-Hazrat Inayat Khan