It has been said that music was never invented or found but is something that we all have inherently. As a result, it is not surprising that for ages, music has been employed to help heal a variety of illnesses. Music is utilized for a variety of purposes, including entertainment, expressiveness, celebration, ritual, relaxation, and communication. Whether we like it or not, music unifies people of all cultures, beliefs, and corners of the planet. Sound healing traces back to ancient Greece. Apollo was the god of music as well as medicine. Aesculapius used songs to treat mental illnesses. Plato and Aristotle, philosophers, argued that music has an effect on the soul and emotions. Hippocrates also played music for his patients.
Music therapy was evident in temples in Ancient Egypt. Instruments were utilized in biblical times to expel evil spirits from human souls. Native American culture employs music and dance to treat the ill. It is still employed in the realms of medical and spiritual development. While it is seen as an alternative to contemporary medicine, a significant volume of research suggests that it is beneficial, and vital, to our emotional and psychological well-being. Music therapy or sound healing has roots in both neuroscience and psychology.
What exactly is sound healing?
Sound healing is the technique by which a practitioner employs music to enhance their patient’s emotional, psychological, spiritual, physical, social, mental, and superficial health. The sound may be used to heal in a variety of ways. Patients may listen to or sing along with music, do improvised musical acts, meditate, chant, or play musical instruments.
Can you be healed by sound waves?
When sound waves reach our ears, they are transformed into electrical impulses that proceed up the auditory nerve into the auditory cortex, the area of the brain responsible for sound processing. When sound waves reach our brains, they cause physical reactions. This process modifies our emotions, causes hormones to be released, and sets off specific impulses. Music has been shown in brain research to increase productivity and creativity. It can also help us relax and feel better.
What are the advantages of sound therapy?
Our emotions ignite when we listen to cheerful or joyful music, or when we listen to profound, mournful tunes, and can help us better analyze our sentiments. Those who listen to music report less pain and anxiety than those who do not. Because sounds have varied frequencies and we create our own waves, sound therapy occurs by matching frequencies to those that are beneficial to healing and relaxation.
Sound healing’s effects
Disorders that have been shown to be improved by sound healing, include autism, depression, disabilities in learning, anxiety, stress, PTSD, and pain. It can also result in clarity and equilibrium, relaxation, memory, improved focus, improved sleep, a more powerful immune system, increased creativity, heightened awareness of oneself and one’s surroundings.
Sound healing treatment may be utilized with any type of music. You do not have to spend a fortune to harness the power of sound and music. Put on your preferred playlist the next time you feel low. You will notice immediately a difference in your mood.
There is also the placebo effect to consider. If you feel something will help you heal faster, it will inevitably do so.
What does a typical session entail?
Sessions may vary depending on the practitioner and the purpose. Participants in sessions such as sound baths and vibrational treatment sit or lie down in a comfortable position, often wearing an eye mask or blanket. Bowls are frequently put on the body and around the head. Try starting with easy breathing techniques to help quiet your mind and redirect your emphasis to listening.