For those of you who have been to Soul Strong, you know we love sound! In our studio, you’ll see gongs, crystal singing bowls, chimes, rain drums and sticks, and more. We are fully invested in the incredible benefits that this ancient technique brings to our nervous systems. Here’s a little post about the origins and benefits of sound healing.
What Are the Origins of Sound Healing?
Sound healing has been around for centuries and is deeply ingrained in many cultures worldwide. However, Australian Aboriginals are the earliest known culture to know of and actively use sound healing. For the last 40,000 years, the Australian Aboriginals have used the didgeridoo as a healing tool for illness, broken bones, and muscle injuries. The Egyptians from ancient times, going back to 4000 BC, are also well known for using sound and vibration for healing properties. The singing of vowels in a specific chant with the sounds that had the power to heal.
The Greeks were also masters in the use of sound healing. Said to have been used as far back as 500 BC by Pythagoras. Pythagoras believed that music was a significant influence on wellness and good health. So he often called it “music medicine.”
This is just a selection of the cultures that believed certain sounds could heal, as there are also the Tibetan monks that used gongs and many other ancient cultures with different instruments and chants, all with one thing in common. They believed music played or sung in specific ways could heal their people’s physical and mental ailments, creating a calm and peaceful mind and releasing anger and aggression.
What is Sound Healing?
It is an ancient form of healing that many cultures firmly believe in and have practiced for centuries. It turns out they are very wise and were onto something that we have only recently started to truly understand, and there is now an uptrend of Sound Healing being offered in the Western world with great success.
While there are many forms of instruments, including the human voice, the beliefs in what sound healing can do for humans are the same.
Regardless of the culture or country, it is universally agreed that Sound Healing and Therapy uses different frequencies and vibrations to heal the Mind, Body, or spirit.
The theory is that different emotions all have a specific vibration that can cause distress to be released and heal the pain plaguing the patient.
Sound healing is also believed to be an excellent deterrent for illness. When a person has a habit that assists in relieving stress, creating peace, and releasing toxic built-up emotions, their physical health improves.
How Does Sound Healing Actually Work and What health benefits does it have?
The physical effects of sound healing are like that of a restorative yoga class or meditation session. The physical benefits you can expect are:
- Slowing the respiratory rate creating a feeling of complete relaxation and peace.
- Lowering the heart rate relieving stress on the heart and circulatory system.
- Calming of the nervous system.
- Relaxation of the Brainwaves and slowing of racing thoughts.
After using sound healing, you may also feel the long-term effects of this beautifully relaxing healing system. Such as:
- Reduction in Stress and Anxiety.
- Improvement in sleep and ability to fall asleep quickly.
- An overall sense of well-being and peace.
- Improved focus and energy.
- Reduction of anger and frustration.
Sound Therapy Drowns out the Noise and Chatter of Modern Life to create a place of peace.
The body has a memory. If you have ever smelt the perfume your grandmother used to wear, your mind has instantly taken you to a memory or moment with her or had a smell or song take you back in time. You already understand how you can train a specific sound in your brain to take you to a place of peace or relaxation. Regular practice of Sound healing means that you can create a space your body instantly recognizes as safe, peaceful, and an escape from stress or anxiety.