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Health Benefits of Sound Healing

A growing body of research suggests, sound can also help reduce stress, create a deep sense of well-being and even promote healing. Sound therapy is gaining popularity as both a preventative medicine and as a complement to more-traditional treatments. Good for both the mind and the body, it has been shown to help lift depression, clear sinuses and help cancer patients recover more quickly from chemotherapy. This sound is often called ‘resonance’, the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates. Each part of our bodies has its own natural resonance, and vibration medicine is based on the idea that disease is a result of those natural resonances being out of tune – whether due to stress, illness or environmental factors. Using tuning forks and crystal singing bowls, sound therapy is one of a growing number of subtle-energy therapies that make up the field of vibration medicine. Sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. According to the law of physics, everything vibrates: the chair you’re sitting in, the food you eat, the rocks and trees. Stress hormones decrease under these conditions, which is good news for everyone, but especially for people with a serious illness. That’s one reason Mitchell Gaynor, MD, an oncologist and assistant clinical professor at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College in New York, uses singing bowls with his cancer patients. Gaynor sees sound as part of a broader trend toward the humanization of medicine in which the whole person, not just the part that’s broken, is addressed. “I believe that sound can play a role in virtually any medical disorder, since it redresses imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning,” he writes in his book The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music The truth is, you’re probably already using sound therapy in your life. Several years ago, three out of four people who responded to a Prevention magazine health survey said that they listen to music to ease tension and stress. Of those, 82 percent reported that it brought them significant relief. Sound therapy is often used to promote mental and emotional health but it also helps improve quality of life for people coping with physical health conditions. Sound and music can have a profound effect on our health. Music can be beneficial for anyone. There are no potentially harmful or toxic effects. Benefits:

  • relieve stress and anxiety

  • stabilize heart rate and blood pressure

  • relieve muscle tension

  • improve motor skills

  • rebuild physical patterning skills in rehabilitation clinics

  • endorphins, natural pain relievers increased

  • stress hormones are decreased

  • improve immune function

  • enhances memory and learning in children with learning disabilities

  • increases concentration abilities

  • create feelings of calmness

  • cognitive processes and language skills

  • enhance creativity

  • brain hemisphere balancing

  • restoration of equilibrium in the endocrine system by vibrating the pituitary

  • induction of alpha brainwave activity or deeper meditation

  • increased energy through stimulation of the cerebrospinal fluid (possibly kundalini energy)

  • create vitality synchronization and spontaneous healing

  • chakra and aura balancing

  • space clearing​

Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder. ~ Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York City


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