The Power of Sound

The Didgeridoo is the oldest known sound healing tool.

Sound is an ancient healing medium – it has been utilized for well being around the globe for thousands of years. From the bells, gongs and bowls of Tibetan and Nepalese cultures, to the didgeridoo of the Australian Aborigines, to the drum and rattle of the Native Americans, sound has been used, and continues to be used, to bring people from distressed states to relaxed, aware presence.

We don’t just perceive sound through our ears, but through our entire bodies. Our skin, bones and the water in us conduct sound waves. Every cell membrane in our body has external antennas called Primary Cilium, which vibrate like little tuning forks in response to the vibrational input from our environments.

Sound has the power to heal and the power to hurt. Many of the stressors in our lives are produced by noise. Noise in our home and workplace, in our environment and even in our own heads.

When utilized consciously and intentionally, sound has the potential to soothe the nervous system, quiet and focus the mind, settle emotions, relieve pain and more.

Most of us already use sound therapeutically.  We listen to music in the car, sing in the shower, pump up the jam to clean the house, put on classical music to cure writer’s block and make playlists for our loved ones to show them how we feel.  We intrinsically know the power of sound.  

 

From song and chant, to gong and bowl, to orchestra and jam band, music and sound transports us, bring us to the present moment, alive, awake, aware, engaged, in flow. Why wouldn't we use it intentionally for healing?

MODERN USES OF SOUND HEALING

Modern medicine utilizes the power of sound through practices like Lithotripsy, which uses sound pulses to break up kidney stones; and ultrasound, which is used both diagnostically and therapeutically.

Integration Sound Bath experience near Joshua Tree in California

Because of the powerful outcomes they produce, the following practices are rapidly gaining in popularity:

Sound baths

Sound baths offer relaxing therapeutic effects using such tools as Tibetan or crystal singing bowls, gongs or didgeridoos. Sound baths can dispel tension and agitation, leaving a profound sense of peace and stillness.

Tuning forks

Eileen Day McKusick's two decades of research has shown that tuning forks have the power to both relax and recharge the body's electromagnetic system, or biofield. Learn more here.

To learn more, read Eileen's detailed academic research on the power of sound at Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine's (FAIM's) website.  

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