In modern times, everybody is living in stress of one kind or other. With the course of development, science has changed natural harmony of environment, which is deteriorating day by day. Various man-made energy fields are being created by man without thinking of their effects on human body. Modern equipments and inventions such as satellite TV, telecommunication, computer, fast moving vehicles etc. make our life comfortable, but they have disturbed environmental balance, natural energy and ecological harmony resulting increased psychometric disorders and stress, which have become the main killers today. In modern times, everybody is living in stress of one kind or other. With the course of development, science has changed natural harmony of environment, which is deteriorating day by day.
In such a scenario,is it possible that sound can be used to actually heal someone? Incredible but true—sound therapy is increasingly being utilized in alternative therapy these days.
Hello! I’m Anju Kapoor and I’m presenting an article on “Sound Therapy”. Before we see how Sound Therapy can be used as an alternative medicine, let us first understand what therapy means and what sound means, and how sound as a therapy can be used to cure various ailments.
Therapy is interpersonal treatment for problems in living. Therapy provides ways to express feelings, understand patterns of thinking, gain perspective on past events and current relationships, set goals, and clarify dreams for the future. Therapy can both alleviate pain and suffering and add meaning and richness to life. Therapists employ a range of techniques and methods, some suited to particular mental health issues and some that can be applied to clients dealing with a variety of issues.
SOUND AND ITS EFFECTS
What is sound? Sound is a form of energy, just like electricity and light. Sound is made when air molecules vibrate and move in a pattern called waves, or sound waves. Think of when you clap your hands, or when you slam the car door shut. That action produces sound waves, which travel to your ears and then to your brain, which says, "I recognize that sound
In the growing field of "energy medicine" it is well known that our universe is created through patterns of frequency. Science is now documenting what mystics of many traditions have known forever. Everything that exists in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms does so on a vibratory basis.
Everything in this universe vibrates each at its specific natural frequency including us.
Every system in our body has its own cycle, rhythm and pulse. An imbalance or disharmony in any of these cycles can manifest as mental, physical or emotional imbalance or disease. Every cell in our body acts as a sound resonator and our body is made of 70% water. This makes our bodies excellent conductors of sound vibrations. This makes sound therapy a very effective method of healing.
We are surrounded by sounds in various forms twenty-four hours a day. Some of these sounds (noises) can adversely impact physical and emotional health over a period of time. Sound Researchers have shown that certain kinds of music and sounds can help individuals balance the cumulative effects of "noise" to help bring about energetic harmony. However, one person's noise can be another's music.
SOUND THERAPY AS A HEALING FORCE
When we first hear of "sound therapy” it sounds like something for the medical research labs, but the fact is that the effects are apparent in our every day life... For example, we experience the energizing effect of sound and music every time we hear music with a heavy beat. Just think of the last time you heard a favourite dance hit and couldn't help but to start dancing along.
Sound therapy is a powerful healing force used in many cultures throughout the globe for thousands of years. In some hospitals, harp music is played for premature babies as well as to comfort the dying and ease their pain. Specific music calms us, centres us and relieves stress. It has been shown that specific kinds of music and sounds can either strengthen or weaken muscles of the body. Sounds can help the complex human system achieve a better level of health, as measured by kinesiology, biofeedback, electro-acupuncture, etc.
In Sound Therapy, treatment is based on the finding that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies by changing colour and shape, and the hypothesis that therefore sick or rogue cells can be healed or harmonized by sound. Every illness produces unique frequencies that can be accurately measured. By applying converse frequencies, health can be brought back into balance
Research has shown that when we are deprived of certain light frequencies we can become sick. One of the most fascinating scientific facts to emerge recently is that sound behaves in a similar fashion to light. In other words, sound and light act like vitamins and minerals in our body. Most people are deficient in certain tones and this is traced when the human voice is recorded and monitored. We need a certain balance of sound frequencies, which may vary from one individual to another, in order to maintain our bodies in a healthy state.
Recent experiments indicate that one of the most powerful ways to heal the individual is to play back the missing frequencies at a low octave which corresponds to brain wave frequencies. What happens here is quite remarkable and really beautiful. The body is simply helped to heal itself by activating the control centre in the brain that looks after this healing.
DIFFERENT TOOLS OF SOUND THERAPY ARE AS FOLLOWS
Therapeutic Tuning Forks – different makes, with different wavelengths – some work much better than others.
Live music – recorded music does not work except for very rare instances, as normal recording techniques distort sound quality.
Playing instruments – drums, flute, etc. Different types work differently and heal different areas. Drums release bottled up emotion. The flute works the throat and also creates emotional stability; and violin and harp the heartstrings.
Crystal or Tibetan bowls – invoke sacred and meditative healing space, and the sound of silence, the still point from which healing begins, physiologically speaking.
Therapists’ voice – acts like more sensitive and adjustable tuning fork
Patients’ voice – singing expresses and unblocks emotion and also lets out the voice of the soul.
Singing, listening to music and playing instruments are emotionally very moving experiences – for better or for worse. Some popular music actually harms people – opera, and most modern music for example. (Celine Dion is therapeutic!)
Sound instruments which transmit specific vibrations – ultrasound is one commonly in use. Sound has been used widely to smash gallstones. Less commonly, sound instruments are used to retune and recharge people. Some of these instruments can be very dangerous, as they can transmit harmful frequencies of sound, such as extra low frequency - should be used with caution, if at all.
MUSIC AS THERAPY
Though there are several methods used for sound therapy the most popular and effective method is Music therapy. Music has been shown to affect portions of the brain. Part of this therapy is the ability of music to affect emotions and social interactions.
Research has shown that music therapy is associated with a decrease in depression, improved mood, and a reduction in state anxiety. Both descriptive and experimental studies have documented effects of music on quality of life, involvement with the environment, expression of feelings, awareness and responsiveness, positive associations, and socialization. Additionally, it was also found that music therapy had a positive effect on social and behavioral outcomes and showed some encouraging trends with respect to mood.
Recent research suggests that music can increase patient's motivation and positive emotions. Research also suggests that when music therapy is used in conjunction with traditional therapy it improves success rates significantly. Therefore, it is hypothesized that music therapy helps stroke victims recover faster and with more success by increasing the patient's positive emotions and motivation, allowing them to be more successful and driven to participate in traditional therapies.
It is believed that music stimulates the pituitary gland whose secretions affect the nervous system and the flow of blood. It is believed that for healing with music, it is necessary to vibrate the cells of the body, for it is through these vibrations that the diseased person's consciousness can be changed effectively to promote health. The right kind of music helps one relax and refresh. Even during the course of working, light music improves efficiency. Listening to music helps control negative aspects of our personalities like worry, bias and anger. In addition, it can help cure headache, abdominal pain and tension. Music therapy is one of the most effective ways of controlling emotions, blood pressure and restoring the functioning of the liver. So what are we waiting for? Let us relieve our stress and provide nutrition for our brains with relaxing music.