SOUND HEALING - A BRIEF OVERVIEW
It is believed that since ancient times, sound and music was used to improve human health as well as lifting spirits.
In our modern era, music is used in powerful ways to increase people’s productivity, boost the morale of service troops and more recently, wider research has linked sound therapy to a number factors increasing ones physical and emotional wellbeing.
Sound healing can take on a variety of forms, yet always a person being treated partakes in the experience with a trained practitioner.
Listening to music, singing along to music, intuitive movement to music, meditation with music and playing an instrument are all considered aspects of sound healing therapy.
Sound therapy may be vibracoustic therapy, guided meditation, neurologic music therapy, singing bowl therapy, tuning fork therapy, brainwave entrainment (binaural beats) or two methods more geared towards improving mental health are the Bonny method and Nordoff-Robbins.
Specific health benefits may include reduced blood pressure, pain reduction, improved memory, decreased anxiety and depression, lower cholesterol, a decreased risk for heart disease and stroke, lowered stress levels, increased immune function and even improvement of the health of prematurely born babies.
Sound healing also treats symptoms to conditions like dementia, autism, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorders amongst others.
The origins of the ancient Solfeggio scale can be traced to Gregorian chants, and more specifically to a medieval hymn to St. John the Baptist written by Paulus Diaconus.
A Benedictine Monk, Guido d’Arezzo developed it and it was used by singers to learn chants and songs more easily.
The hymn to St. John the Baptist has the peculiarity that the first six lines of the music commenced respectively on the first six successive notes of the scale, and thus the first syllable of each line was sung to a note one degree higher that the first syllable of the line that preceded it. Because the music held mathematic resonance, the original frequencies were capable of spiritually inspiring mankind to be more “god-kind”.
In the mid-1970’s Dr. Joseph Puleo, a physician and America’s leading herbalist, found six electro-magnetic sound frequencies that corresponded to the syllables from the hymn to St. John the Baptist.
The main six Solfeggio frequencies are:
UT – 396 Hz – turning grief into joy, liberating guilt & fear
RE – 417 Hz – undoing situations & facilitating change
MI – 528 Hz – transformation & miracles, repairing DNA
FA – 639 Hz – relationship, connecting with spiritual family
SOL – 741 Hz – expression/solutions, cleaning & solving
LA – 852 Hz – returning to spiritual order
432Hz resonates with the frequency of 8Hz
On the musical scale where A has a frequency of 440Hz, the note C is at about 261.656 Hz. On the other hand, if we take 8Hz as our starting point and work upwards by five octaves (i.e. by the seven notes in the scale five times), we reach a frequency of 256Hz in whose scale the note A has a frequency of 432Hz.
According to the harmonic principle by which any produced sound automatically resonates all the other multiples of that frequency, when we play C at 256 Hz, the C of all other octaves also begins to vibrate in “sympathy” and so, naturally, the frequency of 8Hz is also sounded. This is why (together with many other mathematical reasons) the musical pitch tuned to 432 oscillations per second is known as the “scientific tuning.”
This means that listening to 432Hz music resonates inside your body, releases emotional blockages, and expands consciousness. 432Hz music allows you to tune into the knowledge of the universe around us in a more intuitive way.
THETA WAVES AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE BRAIN
In all of us, you’ll find the following 5 brainwaves: Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta. Each brainwave has a distinct purpose and helps us behave, think, move and process. Although they channel automatically, it’s our own ability to modulate between them that determines how well we cope with pressure, rational and irrational thoughts, task management and more.
Theta waves are slow waves, generally running somewhere between 4 and 8 hertz. Theta waves are commonly associated with deep relaxation, meditation, intuition and higher consciousness.
Consider the way you feel when you sit on your sofa and enter that calm, relaxed, almost trance-like drowsy state. You aren't ready to fall asleep but you're in a day dream mode.In this state, your brain is most likely awash with theta waves.
Sound therapy, meditation and yoga nidra can bring the brain waves into the theta state.
Last but not least, HEAL is in itself a must-watch movie from director Kelly Noonan Gore, and it also features a brilliant part on sound healing.