We know that gentle music is calming, while loud fast music can be energizing. But can sound also be healing? Yes, says… Jonathan Goldman, founder and executive director of the Sound Healers Association. According to Goldman, “Sound Healing is the use of sound to balance and align the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Healing can occur when you listen to music or use your voice to vibrate different parts of your body.” Here, Goldman tells us how to feel better by using sounds to increase our own internal vibration.
What’s an example of using sound to heal? Listening to slow and gentle music will ”entrain” or synchronize our nervous systems to the music, helping us to relax and reduce stress, which is known as one of the major causes of imbalances and disease. Such music can also be utilized for pain reduction and sleep enhancement.
How can we use our own voices to heal? Most people are not aware of the power of their own voice. Toning, the elongated use of self-created vowel sounds, such as moaning and groaning when we are in pain, is the most natural form of healing. Have you ever stubbed your toe and not been able to make a sound? It hurts more. The sound, “oww” helps us deal with the pain.
Where does silence come in? Silence is the still point after the sound has been received. It is the yin to the yang of sound. Our body receives a sound that has been resonating and vibrating down to a cellular level. When the sound stops and there is silence, it allows our body to receive the sound and allows the time for shifts and changes to occur on a physical level.
Do sounds have the same effect on everyone? There is not one sound that works for everyone, all the time. As sound healing comes more mainstream, it’s important to acknowledge our own personal responses to sound and music, and honor this.
Quick tip: To lower your heart rate, respiration and brain wave activity, take a nice, relaxed and deep breath, and then breathe out with an “Ahhh” sound.
Value “quiet”: According to Goldman, studies conducted on two groups – one living in a pastoral setting and the other near an airport, found that the incidence of stress related illness (heart attacks, cancer and the like) was nearly 60% higher in the population that was constantly exposed to loud sounds.
Autumn means colder weather, and that could also mean flu season too! It is important to stay warm and safe this season, especially because family and friends are traveling for the holidays!
If you are visiting someone or plan to, make sure you are layering your clothes or dressing appropriately for the weather, staying on top of your health by eating nutritious food, staying active, and getting proper rest. Don't forget to wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer in public spaces!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that means food and family! People have different ways to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Some plan out a list, down to the activities and conversations that can take place at the dinner table. These people also take out the recipe books and follow the directions to a tee! Others may take the go-with-the-flow approach and wing it! That includes recipes too.
Which group are you in? No matter your approach, we hope that this holiday season is a fulfilling one!