So What Is Sound Therapy All About
It's NOT Rocket Science Once You Understand The Concept
Is Sound Therapy Used in Mainstream Medicine?
Sound therapy or other healing modalities that are not big money spinners for the large pharmaceutical companies are looked upon as quackery. So, if we take a look at applications that use sound, we see that:
- Ultra-sonics is used in bone stimulation, laser treatment uses light frequency in scanning or soft-tissue healing and ultrasonics is often used to disperse kidney stones. .
- Ultrasonography, commonly called sonography, is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. This type of procedure is often referred to as a sonogram or ultrasound scan.
- Tuning forks, as we said before are used in bone conduction and hearing.
So as you can see, Sound Therapy is not some quirky therapeutic modality. If you want some more proof and evidence of that, check out the research page. There are over 30,000 research papers on brainwave states, Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta and Gamma highlighting the effects of brainwaves upon our emotional and physical states.
My main interest is how the brain, when it takes in frequency, can then affect the mind and body.
Now, to lay a foundation, I guess we all know that sound affects us, and it has an impact on the way in which we feel. On a positive note you hear the laughter of a young child, a bird song in the morning or you may relax on the beach and listen to the sound of the waves breaking upon the shore. That's the really positive effect that sound can have upon your emotions.
However, there may be some negative aspects to sound as well. You'll walk past a building site and hear the jackhammer pounding and want to cover your ears. It may be a siren that's going off or a room with noisy air conditioning... There's a constant hum, and then the air conditioning is turned off, and your whole body feels like it's been holding that tension, and then you just let it go. So we know that sound can either have positive or negative effects upon the way in which we feel.
What is Happening in the Video Below?
Powder is being put onto a black vibrational plate, then a tone/frequency generator is used to change the frequency that the plate is vibrating at.
You will note as the frequency is changing it effects the pattern that the frequency is creating, which also changes. You will also see that as the frequency increases then the patterns that are created become more complex.
Here, we are seeing 2D in action, however 3D shapes can also be created when a multiple of frequencies are used. This demonstrates how 3D structures are held together with multiple frequencies that make you think about our own bodies and their relation to frequency.
How Does This Relate To Sound Therapy?
As you can see in the video of the breaking glass below, once a frequency reaches what is called a "resonant/sympathetic frequency" with an object such as the glass in the example, you see once it hits the resonant frequency the glass smashes. Now imagine all illnesses having specific frequencies and you get a sense of how powerful the application of sound and frequency is... As Nicola Tesla once said "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
This is the principal of the how kidney stones can be treated with lithotripsy... as a laser hits the resonant frequency of the kidney stones it smashes them up ready to be drained from the system.
“Sound and light frequencies act like vitamins and minerals in the body, so the body needs a full spectrum of frequencies to stay fit and healthy”.
Well, it's based upon the knowledge that everything is created through patterns of frequency which include our physical bodies, mental thoughts, and our emotional feelings. They're all in a state of vibration. However most frequency ranges are out of our hearing and sight range as shown in the chart.
Now, research has shown that when, as human beings, we are missing certain light frequencies, we call that in the UK “Seasonal Affective Disorder” SAD and is linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days of the year. Sunlight stimulates the release of the brain's happy chemicals and hormones. The theory is that light stimulates a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls mood, appetite and sleep. These brain chemicals affect how you feel. In people with SAD, a lack of sunlight creates a problem with the release of certain brain chemicals which stops the hypothalamus working correctly.
The lack of light is thought to affect the:
- Production of the hormone melatonin
- Production of the hormone serotonin
- Body's circadian rhythm (its internal clock, which regulates several biological processes during a 24-hour period)
Now, what is interesting is that the same thing happens with sound as with light because it's all frequency. When we are missing certain tones and frequencies within our energetic system, then we don't feel as healthy as we naturally should do. “Sound and light frequencies act like vitamins and minerals in the body, so the body needs a full spectrum of frequencies to stay fit and healthy”.
“There is nothing solid about the body.... check out quantum physics”.
The body is in a state of movement, although it appears to be solid. Now, with the knowledge that everything is in a state of movements, then that opens up the potential for change and to heal, because there's nothing that's static. It's like IQ. A lot of people think IQ (intelligence levels) are fixed, and they're NOT fixed. Intelligence levels can and do change through teenage years as we create new neural connections. We can improve IQ, depending upon teaching methods and our interaction with the environment we are exposed to, but remember, we always have the potential for positive change and that is what sound therapy is about.
So how can you benefit from sound therapy?
Sound therapy is used in many conditions such as Anxiety, Depression and Stress. We can bring the brainwaves down and people start to feel a lot more calmer. We can put a boost into the system to give people more energy when feeling drained.
With tinnitus, we neutralize those sounds that people hear within the brain. Sound therapy can and does improve short-term memory loss as shown in our research results, by crossing over the two hemispheres of the brain and creating new neural connections.
We can use sound to help sleeping disorders”. Insomnia and sleep disorders are improved by bringing the brainwave state down from beta, which may be high stress when you go to sleep, with thoughts mulling around in your brain. Sound therapy will bring the brainwaves down to alpha, then theta and deeper into delta. Be aware “We need at least four hours deep delta sleep to stay fit and healthy. The world's full of sleep deprivation and I now see it on an increase in the many schools that I work in.
Learning and behavioral challenges
This is an area that I work in with the schools and private clients. If you look at ADD, ADHD we need to look at bringing the brainwaves down naturally. The aim being to help focus and calm the kids and adults who have this "condition" (a discussion needed here).
We've got dyslexia and dyspraxia, which is often about exercising the two hemispheres of the brain, bringing about hemisphere syncronisation/co-ordination. With sound therapy we improve the co-ordination within those people as they use the products such as the Sound Therapy Listening Program which is designed to do just that.
How is the sound therapy delivered?
There's many ways in which the body can absorb sound.
- First and foremost, we've got the sound therapy programs. We use downloadable MP3s to exercise the hemispheres of the brain, bring the brainwaves down to gain many of the benefits already mentioned
- There's also light and sound machines. You may see the LED machines. The binaural beats that are going in the background helps calm people down, speeds up, slows down the brain.
- We have a vast array of musical instruments, whether that it be gongs and didgeridoos, crystal bowls, violins or a full blown orchestra. Just pure music therapy has really good results.
- The human voice, people use the human voice to scan another person's body, then deliver the frequency through intonation.
- We've got an area of vocal analysis, a fascinating area that's hardly been touched upon. As the body releases frequency through speech and those frequencies that are released can be measured and the missing frequencies delivered back into those depleted areas through specific frequencies.
- Vibrational beds and chairs with transducers to input frequency into the body, by lying there or sitting on the chair and relaxing.
- We have ultrasonic equipment used to stimulate bone growth, tuning forks for bone conduction.
- We've got frequency generators, subwoofers to deliver brainwave frequencies to actually stimulate the brain, bring the brainwaves down, cross the brain hemispheres, speed it up, slow it down. So a whole host of different ways in which sound therapy is delivered.
What's our preferred method?
We concentrate on three areas within the Sound Therapy Listening Program.
The core element is that we need to relax the brain, bring the brainwaves down to an alpha state, ideally to a theta state even. In those states, the brain relaxes and goes into an accelerated learning state. We can also boost the immune system when we move into a relaxed brainwave state.
We're also looking at crossing the brain hemispheres over, so we've got that cross-hemisphere synchronization, which is great for co-ordination issues, whether that be dyslexia, dyspraxia and other areas that need an improvement in co-ordination. When we cross the hemispheres we look at whole-brain learning and improvements in learning through utilizing the left (logic) and right (creative) side of the brain.
We look to speed the brain up or slow the brain down, depending on where you are. You might be processing too quick, and there's a lot of confusion there, so we need to slow the brain down, or we need to speed the brain up. You may say there are slower learners and those who are over-processing, so we use brainwave entrainment to bring the brainwaves down and to train the brain to the level where the brain can start to learn a lot more effectively.
Thanks for reading this far!
If you have read to this point then you might be left with questions, so by all means, whatever question you may have, then get in touch. Either email [email protected] and myself or one of the team will get back to you. if you're reading this and you're not on the Sound Therapy Site, then by all means, take a visit over to the site at www.soundtherapy.co.uk . Check out some of the programs we've got, some of the sound therapy that we've got for tinnitus, for short-term memory, for sleeping disorders, for dyslexia, dyspraxia, learning difficulties. There's a whole host of different sound-therapy products there. I'd just like to say thanks for reading and I hope you get some benefit by going around the site. We're always interested in your feedback, so thanks again. If it's night time, then have a great night. If it's daytime, have a great day. I'm Jeff Moran from the www.soundtherapy.co.uk site.