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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. It’s important to understand the main variations of sound healing and how they can affect the healing process.
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:
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 of the other articles on the web about sound healing, there is a wealth of peer-reviewed research from a variety of reputable sources including The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontiers in Neuroscience discussing the health benefits of sound healing — especially active sound healing practices.
These articles also include citations to the scientific journals.
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:
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.
The list above is just a sample of the increasing number of studies examining the age old practice of healing with sound.
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!
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:
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Jim had another full career as a member of the 90s band Rusted Root. You might have heard their song "Send Me On My Way" featured in films like Ice Age and many others.
Or maybe you saw him at the natural food store buying organic cabbage... :)
Here's Jim Donovan's bio:
Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, trainer, Assistant Professor and Director of Music and Wellness at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker.
His TEDx Talk "How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep" has been viewed over 4 million times to date.
His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance. Having presented over 3000+ rhythm and sound based programs since 1999, Donovan specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction.
Donovan currently performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movies "Ice Age", "Matilda" and the Netflix Film "Holiday in the Wild".
It also became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover.
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