by Cindy VanDyke
I want to share a little bit about sound healing and introduce you to gong baths, as they are known in the yoga world, and other tools used in sound healing as well as music. Music is a wonderful therapy for the brain and nervous system. Some music sweeps between the left and right brain hemispheres and balances the IQ and EQ that is balancing intelligence with emotion. Mozart is the best example of this, and it is known as the Mozart Effect. Studies show when this music is played during a task or test the focus and results are greatly increased.
All sound has a frequency, and a frequency is measured in units known as hertz, named after Heinrich Hertz, the first person to prove the existence of electromagnetic waves. So, sound comes in waves. Did you know that an ultrasound is sound waves at such a high frequency along with other technology, allowing a technician to place a wand on the patient and transform the density to a picture for viewing? Did you also know that ultrasound used in physio and massage are sound waves that create heat and vibration that soften the tissue the therapist is working on to allow more effective results?
And did you know the ear is the first sensory organ to develop in the womb, and the fetus can hear the sounds around itself? Their mom’s heartbeat, her voice, and the sound of movement and voices nearby.
I have included a picture of our ear and if you look at it, it is the same as an ultrasound of a fetus in the womb. I find the interconnection of everything in the universe so fascinating!
All of these sound waves at different frequencies effect our physical, mental, and emotional bodies in various ways. Sound healing is an ancient technique that has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, the Greeks, and many Native cultures around the world. Whether it is by voice of singing and chanting or by drums and didgeridoo, the intention was to heal.
In a modern sound healing session, the modalities are still instruments of sound creating an overall sense of wellbeing. There could be crystal bowls, chimes, tuning forks, drums, and my favourite, the gong. When the gong is played it is known as a gong bath as you are immersed in the waves that wash over you, and the vibrations break down blockages held in the body by emotions, or stuck energy that cause discomfort, stress, anxiety, and poor sleep.
These sound waves and vibrations bring our brain from an alpha state of consciousness to a delta state that is a meditative state allowing the para sympathetic system to kick in. This is our rest and digest state. However, it is not only food we digest. We also have to process and digest life which sometimes can be challenging and cause disharmony in our system that can lead to disease.
When attending a sound healing or, as I like to call my sessions, a sound spa, because they are such a beautiful way to nurture yourself and bring your body and mind back into a state of harmony, you will leave with a feeling of restoration and awareness of clarity and calmness.
Sacred Sounds by Ted Andrews
The Complete Guide to Sound Healing by David Gibson
7 Secrets of Sound Healing by Jonathan Goldman
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