Music can evoke memories, elicit certain feelings, and even have an impact on your mood. The kind of music that speaks to you depends on a lot of things…but most of us can definitely relate to feeling all the feels when we hear a song we love. So, you might already believe that music is healing for your soul (cue Prince singing, “purple rain, purrrrrple rain…”). But did you know it can support your physical healing, too? Sound healing (aka sound therapy) is a technique that uses rhythm and frequency to regulate the body and release trauma, stress, and emotions. Sort of a mash-up of art, psychology, and neuroscience, it’s being used to help people with cancer, mental illness, chronic conditions, pain, high blood pressure, and lots of other health issues. It’s a promising healing modality with zero side effects, and it’s potentially accessible to everyone! Sound healing can take many forms, including binaural beats, vibroacoustic therapy (check out the write-ups on those two in the WanaLibrary!), and music therapy, among others. If the idea that sound can affect your body seems far-fetched, consider this: Modern medicine uses sound waves in ultrasound (to give you a sneak peek of your baby in utero, for example) and lithotripsy (e.g., to break up kidney stones). So, how does sound healing work, exactly? Despite extensive research on the use of music to induce positive emotions and relaxation, scientists aren’t quite sure. But, they do have many theories. One is that sound therapy has an effect on nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes the blood vessels and increases blood flow. Researchers who explored the effect of singing bowls on lots of different types of people say they found many measurable effects—including pain management and stress reduction—but the process is unclear. Additionally, sound waves may have a positive effect on the body’s energy field. That sounds promising, but it’s kind of hard to measure.
Videos about Sound healing
TedX Talks: Sound Therapy for Anxiety and Stress - Jonathan Adams and Montana Skies at TEDxTelfairStreet
Sound Healing Academy: Sound Therapy - How to Play Tibetan Singing Bowls to Reduce Stress
Sound Healing Academy
Books about Sound healing
Self-Healing with Sound and Music: Revitalize Your Body & Mind with Proven Sound-Healing Tools
Sound therapy has been found effective in treating a surprising range of health challenges, including heart disease, arthritis, stress, emphysema, and more. In Self-Healing with Sound and Music, best-selling author and physician Dr. Andrew Weil teams up with sound therapist Kimba Arem to offer listeners a powerful new tool for healing in two sessions.
The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music
Since 1991, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor has been achieving remarkable results by integrating music, vocalization, breathing, and meditation techniques in his work with patients. In The Healing Power of Sound, he presents his sound-based techniques for self-healing—techniques that anyone can use, whether faced with a life-threatening disease or simply seeking relief from the stresses of daily life.
Tuning the Human Biofield: Healing with Vibrational Sound Therapy
A guide to the practice of Sound Balancing, using tuning forks to clear trauma stored in the human energy field: Provides a precise map of the energetic biofield that surrounds the body, showing where specific emotions, memories, traumas, and pain are stored Details how to locate stored trauma in the biofield with a tuning fork and clear it
Podcasts about Sound healing
Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey: The Psychology & Science of Sound Wave Therapy - Larry Doochin
New sound technology is making waves in the field of frequency medicine! We have on Larry Doochin, the co-founder of UrielTones. The technology takes ancient sound healing from a variety of traditions, largely Native American, and builds on it by changing your biology using sound directly at the cell and nervous system level. On top of holding the patents for this new form of sound therapy, Larry has released three books on spiritual and personal growth. His goal is to provide humanity with tools to improve life and enhance wellbeing!
The Life Stylist Podcast: Nate Martinez - The Healing Power of Sound And Music
In this episode, Nate talks to us about the spiritual nature of noise, and how it can be used to soothe the nervous system, and even facilitate spiritual revelations and experiences. It turns out there is a lot more to music than meets the ear, and Nate Martinez is just the guest with which to explore this fascinating area of spiritual research and development.
Align Podcast with Aaron Alexander: Porangui - Capoeria, Resolving Trauma, Sound Healing
Poranguí As a live musician, world soul artist and one-man orchestra Poranguí weaves ancestral songs and indigenous rhythms from around the globe. Creating his performances from scratch using looping technology, Poranguí’s live grooves range from meditative to dance party, moving the body, lifting the spirit, and transcending the divide between performer and audience.
- Healthline. This Is Your Brain on Binaural Beats. Healthline. This Is Your Brain on Binaural Beats.
- J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study.
- Prog in Brain Res. Apollo’s gift: new aspects of neurologic music therapy. Prog in Brain Res. Apollo’s gift: new aspects of neurologic music therapy.
- Sci Rep. Constraint-induced sound therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss – behavioral and neurophysiological outcomes. Sci Rep. Constraint-induced sound therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss – behavioral and neurophysiological outcomes.
- PLoS One. The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response. PLoS One. The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response.