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.