What is sound healing? In short, it's a practice that uses vibrations (vocal or instrumental-like gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks) in order to relax your mind and body.
Given that everything has a vibrational frequency, including ourselves, it makes sense that sound frequencies impact how we feel. That's why particular songs and types of music often bring about specific types of emotions from us. Sound healing, which is an ancient healing technique that uses tonal frequencies to bring the body into a state of vibrational balance and harmony, plays upon this as well.
So, how does it work? During a sound healing session, also known as a sound bath, you'll typically lie down on the floor, yoga mat, or massage table and simply listen and absorb as a practitioner plays a variety of instruments on and off the body as you "bathe" in the soothing sounds and vibrations. The sound frequencies then slow down brain waves to a deeply restorative state, which activates the body's system of self-healing. This relaxed state allows your body to repair itself by activating the body's internal healing processes and parasympathetic nervous system.
Singing bowls, gongs, Tibetan bowls, tuning forks, and drums are the instruments that practitioners most often use in sessions. However if used with the proper intention, almost any instrument can be used in sound healing.
Each instrument serves a different purpose. Crystal bowls, for example are tuned to the notes of the seven chakras. The gong is said to help release tension in the body and stimulates the glandular and nervous system.
And although sound healing has grown in popularity in recent years, it is a healing modality that dates way back. From vocal chanting, Christian hymns, to instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls, shamanic drums, and more, you will find some form of sound healing in every culture on Earth. It is said that sound healing can be traced back 40,000 years to when indigenous Australians used ancient didgeridoos for healing.
Pythagoras "the father of music" discovered musical intervals that could heal, using sound and harmonic frequencies. He was the first person to prescribe music as medicine. He opened the door to the science behind sound healing. One amazing historical example of sound healing is the sound chambers created by the ancient Egyptians in the pyramids.