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Meet Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan, M.Ed. is a multi-platinum recording artist, educator, TEDx speaker and the creator of Sound Health.

His mission is to share the restorative power of sound and music through education and performance.

Since 2017, he's created guided audio and video programs for top health publishers. The goal is help spread the word about the benefits of using sound and music for well-being and self care.

Donovan was a founding member and drummer of the 90s hit band, Rusted Root. He co-wrote the single "Send Me On My Way" that helped sell millions of records. The song has been streamed over 400 million times on Spotify and used as the wakeup music for NASA's Mars Rover.

Donovan is now an Assistant Professor and Director of Music and Wellness at Saint Francis University. He holds wellness workshops and retreats, and administers training with corporate groups, schools, and large companies.

His viral TEDx Talk "How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep" has been viewed over 6 million times and his sound healing products reach thousands of people every week.

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Sound healing or "sound therapy" are general terms that, similar to the term "exercise", can refer to different things depending on the context.

There are several ways to heal with sound.

The latest research points to a number of ways sound healing can be helpful.

The benefits of sound healing include:

Sound healing practices can be put into two categories — active and passive.

Active Sound Healing includes practices like singing, mantra, or prayer repetition, and vocal toning. When you produce a self-generated sound, your vocal cords vibrate.

This deep inner-body vibration stimulates the vagus nerve—the longest cranial nerve in your body. This nerve runs down from your brain to your abdomen, touching all of your major organs along the way.

When you stimulate this nerve, it activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This technique is called manual vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). When this happens, your body releases the natural chemicals that make you feel calm and at ease—putting you in the optimal state for healing.

The chemicals stimulated during sound healing based vagus nerve exercises include:

  • Endorphins
  • Dopamine
  • Oxytocin
  • Nitric oxide

It’s this combination of parasympathetic nervous system activation and vagus nerve stimulation that is responsible for the “healing” part of sound healing.

A common misconception is that sound and “healing frequencies” are some sort of magical cure for what ails you.

The truth is that your body does all of the healing. Sound has the potential to prepare your body to be in its optimal healing condition. 

Regularly becoming deeply relaxed, especially at bedtime, gives your body the best chance of doing its nightly repair work at its optimal level.

Contrary to some articles out there, there is a wealth of peer-reviewed research from a variety of sources including The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontiers in Neuroscience discussing the health benefits of sound healing — especially active sound-healing practices. 

Here are additional articles by Jim Donovan describing the science and health benefits of active sound healing.

These articles also include citations to the scientific journals.

The Ancient 12-Minute Technique That Can Halt Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Johns Hopkins Recommends Sound-Based Strategies for Lung Recovery

The Powerful, Built-in Bodily System You Were Never Told About

My 4-Step Daily Defense Plan for Sound Immune Support

How Vibration ‘Clears the Path’ To Better Memory

The Secret Behind Sound’s Healing Powers


Passive Sound Healing

Passive Sound Healing activities like sound baths are based on a 6,000 year-old ancient Asian practice that can be a deeply immersive, whole-body listening experience.  

If you’re unfamiliar with sound baths, here’s what you can typically expect…

You will start by either sitting comfortably or laying down on a blanket and closing your eyes (if you prefer).

A facilitator will typically stand at the front of the room and guide you through some deep breathing exercises.

Then, they’ll softly start to play repetitive notes on a variety of soothing instruments—gongs, crystal sound bowls, chimes, harps, bells, cymbals, and didgeridoos—each of which possess their own powerful vibrational frequency.

Some facilitators also walk throughout the room, playing certain instruments near or above you to encourage deeper benefits and a more powerful experience.

The sounds of these instruments will reverberate throughout the room and your body, inducing a deep state of relaxation and bringing your focus away from your thoughts. The vibrations can feel like they’re enrapturing you, hence why it’s called a “bath.”

Skilled facilitators understand that a key purpose of a sound bath is to use vibration and a relaxing environment to elicit a person’s relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system activation). 

A person’s reaction to a sound bath can vary depending on a variety of factors:

  • The competency of the practitioner.
  • Their personal tolerance for certain sound frequencies. 
  • The perceived safety of the immediate environment where the event is taking place.
  • The participant’s willingness to have the experience.
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Sound therapy or sound healing are general descriptors for ways to use the basic elements of music—sound and rhythm— to boost health and well-being. As with most practices, whether it works or not depends on the quality of the information you’re receiving.

As a general rule, if a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you're not sure, always verify using multiple reputable sources like peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Here is some of the science supporting the benefits of sound healing:

The list above is just a sample of the increasing number of studies examining the age-old practice of healing with sound.

Some examples of sound healing include:

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Vagus nerve exercises are activities focused on improving the health and functioning of the vagus nerve, a key component of the parasympathetic nervous system. 

The vagus is an elongated cranial nerve that connects the brain with every major organ in the body, such as the heart, lungs, and digestive area. 

Not only does it regulate key functions such as digestion, heart rate, sweating, speech and taste, but it also plays an important role in regulating our moods by helping us to relax after a stressful event. 

Engaging in regular vagus nerve exercises like vagal nerve toning can help regulate the nerve's function and keep you feeling balanced!

Unfortunately, the vagus nerve can become damaged or dysfunctional due to age or chronic stress, leading to increased symptoms of depression or anxiety. 

But there is good news!

Recent studies have revealed that there are various exercises which can stimulate this nerve and help reduce stress while improving overall well-being. These vagus nerve exercises include sound based vagal toning, deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and cold therapy.

Exercises that activate the vagus nerve have been shown to be effective in treating stress

These exercises stimulate the vagus nerve, which helps regulate various body processes and can provide a calming effect. 

Examples of these exercises include: 

Exciting research has shown the potential benefits of vagus nerve stimulation, indicating its role in the regulation of many bodily functions. 

Stimulating your vagus nerve is surprisingly simple and can be done right at home. 

Knowing how to do these exercises correctly may help you find relief from a variety of ailments and improve your overall health.

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Over the past decade or so, many of the country’s most reputable doctors have already been successfully treating patients using the power of sound and vibration using a variety of applications.

For example, ultrasound treatments—which emit vibrations from sound wave frequencies — have been used to heal wounds, mend bone fractures, and unclog blocked arteries. This type of treatment is even being used to help shrink malignant tumors (1)!

Doctors are also using other vibration-based solutions like devices that stimulate the vagus nerve—the longest nerve in your body, spanning from your brain stem to your abdomen.

These particular treatments are being used to reduce drug-resistant epileptic seizures, alleviate treatment-resistant depression, and improve the balance in Parkinson’s patients so that they may walk again.

Most recently, other sound-frequency therapies use vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) to address additional health issues like: anxiety, brain injury rehabilitation, headaches, high blood pressure, inflammation, inflammatory bowel diseases, tendonitis, and trauma-induced pain.

Despite their ancient origins, sound-and vibration-focused practices are finally being "rediscovered" by modern medicine and not a moment too soon!

How Sound is Used for Self-Healing

The truth is that an increasing number of studies show that sound-based, self-healing exercises work to:

But don’t just take my word for it.

Here are a few highlights of this notable research on the major benefits of sound healing:

In a 2018 study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, researchers found that after just three months of vagus nerve stimulation, study participants suffering from depression saw a remission rate of 17 percent. And after one year of treatment, the remission rate rose to 33 percent. -Frontiers in Psychiatry 2018

Studies in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine have shown that vagus nerve stimulation increases neurogenesis—the formation of new brain cells—in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that plays a critical role in learning and memory. -Journal of Natural Science, Technology and Medicine (2016)

In another 2018 study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 54 participants regularly performed a vagal stimulation technique for three months, resulting in an 81 percent reduction in hyper reactivity (stress-induced blood pressure changes) and significantly lower diastolic blood pressure numbers. -Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (2018)


Sound is one of the oldest healing modalities on the planet. 

Ancient philosophers including Plato considered music to be “the medicine of the soul” (Gfeller, 2002). And this research paper describes how Greek physicians used flutes, lyres, and zithers to heal their patients — using vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep.

According to a growing body of research that we’ll explore a little later, sound healing—specifically vagus nerve stimulation with sound—has been shown to be effective at relieving a wide variety of health symptoms.

In fact, a regular sound-healing practice may be able to help you solve some of your most nagging health challenges — including:

  • Being chronically stressed.
  • Having low energy.
  • Becoming easily fatigued.
  • Enduring chronic pain.
  • Feeling unhappy.
  • Having a cluttered, foggy mind.
  • Being unable to fall asleep easily.

(1) Ultrasound Can Selectively Kill Cancer Cells


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Healing with frequency is an ancient idea that is gaining popularity in both the holistic health community and western medicine.

It harnesses the power of sound vibration and frequencies to treat a variety of ailments, from physical pain to emotional stress.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn about the science behind healing with frequency, solfeggio frequencies how it works and specific frequencies of healing.


Frequency, as it relates to sound, is the rate at which something vibrates or repeats. In the context of frequency healing, these vibrations are the waves that are emitted when sound is produced by instruments such as the human voice, drums, tuning forks, and gongs among many others! 

By transmitting and resonating energy through these vibrational frequencies, healing with frequencies can be a powerful way of naturally activating and restoring the body's health and well-being.

To be clear, I’m not talking about “miracle cures”, but rather, self directed ways to bring your entire being back into balance.

If you know how, these frequencies can interact with your body on a deep level, creating resonance and balance across all its systems.

This video shows you exactly how to do it. 


You'll find an expertly crafted blend of sound-healing video tutorials ranging from 3-8 minutes along with guided healing-frequency audio experiences ranging from 5 to 60 minutes.

Whether you have a spare 5 minutes or an hour, Jim's products and live virtual events are designed to accommodate your daily lifestyle.

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Every exercise is 100% beginner-friendly. The only requirement is to allow yourself to try it out.

Additionally, our guided therapeutic sound audio tools are even easier! Just press play and let the music do the work for you!

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