What Is Sound Therapy
Hi and welcome... I'm Jeff Moran MA creator of the successful Sound Therapy Listening Program
You may have arrived at the site, and thought... What is Sound Therapy and can it help me or my child in any way? If you have then I hope this page answers some of the questions you may have about what sound therapy is and the benefits that it can have upon your emotional physical and mental health.
However, after reading through the information here if you would like any further clarity to find out if sound therapy could help with any issues that you or those around you may have... then please get in touch at [email protected]
How Different Sounds Can Have An Effect Upon You
I guess we all know that sound and music effects us in various ways and certainly has an impact upon the way in which we feel... be it happy, relaxed, stressed or angry. On one side of the spectrum 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. All good sounds that can have a really positive effect upon your emotions as you relax and your physiology starts to produce more of the happy hormones.
We have all experienced some negative aspects of sound as well. You may 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 a dark barking furiously or a room with noisy air conditioning... then when it's turned off your whole body feels like it's been holding that tension and you instantly feel better. So we know that sound can have negative effects upon the way in which you feel as stress hormones are created and flood into your body weakening your immune system.
How Does Sound And Music Have An Effect Upon You?
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 constant state of vibration although the physical body appears to be solid quantum physics proves that it's in a state of movement.
From molecular science to string theory, modern researchers are proving what ancient sages have taught for millennia—that our body responds to vibration and that the trillions of cells inside of us form one grand symphony of sound...
An analogy is like IQ. A lot of people think IQ (intelligence levels) are fixed, but they're NOT fixed. Intelligence levels can and do change through teenage years as we create new neural connections within the brain. We can improve IQ depending upon teaching methods, learning strategies and our interaction with the environment we are exposed to. So we always have the potential for positive change and that is how our mental, physical and emotional selves are capable of and where sound therapy can play its part.
However, one of the reasons that people find it difficult to understand that we are in a state of vibration is that most frequency ranges are out of our very limited hearing and sight range as shown in the chart.
There Is Nothing Solid About Your Body...
Because we are made up of frequencies, research has shown that when we are missing a certain range of light frequencies, it can lead to “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. 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 these light frequencies is shown to have an affect upon:
- Production of the hormone melatonin that helps you to sleep
- Production of serotonin with its nickname "the HAPPY hormone"
- Body's circadian rhythm (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”.
The Body's Symphony of Sound and Vibration
by Patricia Spadaro
What really makes us tick? How do we know?
And what are the implications for our health?
From molecular science to string theory, modern researchers are proving what ancient sages have taught for millennia—that our body responds to vibration and that the trillions of cells inside of us form one grand symphony of sound...
One of the most intriguing roads that leads us into the world of vibration—and there are many—emerges from the leading edge of physics, where scientists are still debating what the world is really made of at the most fundamental level. Greek philosophers over two thousand years ago proposed that the basic, indivisible unit of matter was the atom (a word derived from atomon, meaning “that which cannot be divided”). The idea was revived in the eighteenth century. By the 1930s, physicists had discovered that the “atom” could be broken down into smaller components—a nucleus, which is made up of protons and neutrons, orbited by electrons.
In the 1960s, physicists uncovered still smaller units—dubbed “quarks” and “leptons”—that make up all particles of matter. But in the last several decades, some physicists have claimed that there is yet another layer of the onion to peel off, and that under it, at the very core, lie the real building blocks of matter—strings of energy.
The Wild West of Physics Gets to the Heart of Matter:
Vibrating Strings of Energy
Before the birth of atoms, before protons, neutrons and electrons, there is…the vibrating string of energy. This theory, popularly known as string theory or superstring theory, is one of the newest upstarts in science. It was first introduced in the late 1960s and is now a popular field of study. Called by some the Wild West of physics, string theory claims that everything in our universe, from the planets swirling through space to the tiniest subatomic particle, is at its most basic level made up of microscopic strands of energy. This conclusion has important implications for our understanding of why energy, sound and vibration are at the frontier of progress in many fields, including the healing arts.
What do scientists mean by “strings” of energy and what do they look like? Through complex mathematical formulas, physicists theorize that these fundamental strings are incredibly tiny, thin and elastic, like a rubber band. To give you an idea of the size of a string, it is estimated to be about 1033 centimeters, which is about a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a centimeter. These strings can take the form of a loop with a closed end or a strand with open ends. They can twist and wiggle. They can merge with each other and they can break apart.
If everything is made up of these basic strings, what is it that makes one particle of matter or one object different from another? It’s all in the way the string vibrates, say physicists.
Think of it like this: the basic “stuff” from which everything else is made is like a guitar string. Depending on how we pluck a guitar string, we will hear different notes, or frequencies. According to string theory, the vibrating strings that form the fabric of all matter also produce a number of different notes. But in the microscopic world, these “notes” are various subatomic particles. Which notes (or kinds of particles) we get depends on how the string moves and how much energy accompanies the vibration.
For example, a string that vibrates one way is what we call an electron with its specific properties of mass and charge. Another string vibrates in a way that is characteristic of a photon, the particle that makes up light. In addition, the four forces of nature (gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces) can also be explained by the particular pattern of a string’s vibration.
In other words, if we go to the deepest and most indivisible level of matter, we find patterns of vibration, and the vibrational pattern is what gives a particle its specific properties. As physicist Brian Greene explains, all the different properties of the particles that make up matter are “the manifestation of one and the same physical feature: the resonant patterns of vibration—the music, so to speak—of fundamental loops of string.1
The amazingly versatility and flexibility of the string—that is, its ability to give birth to all the variegated phenomena in the universe—is what makes string theory such a good candidate for what physicists call the Theory of Everything (or T.O.E.).
Simplifying the Laws of the Universe:
Is Vibration the Key?
Scientists have always had a deep yearning to find the theory that will tie together everything we know about the universe. This is one of the reasons why Isaac Newton’s discovery in the 1600s of the universal principle of gravitation generated such excitement. With one stroke, Newton unified heaven and earth by explaining that the same force (gravity) that makes an apple drop also holds the planets in orbit around the sun.
Two centuries later, in the 1860s, James Clerk Maxwell developed four simple mathematical equations that united the concepts of electricity and magnetism by showing their inseparable relationship. He also united our ideas of light and the electromagnetic force by proposing that light was just one part of a larger spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. We now know that light—including infrared (not visible to humans), visible and ultraviolet light—as well as other waves, such as radio waves and gamma waves, are all created by the same phenomena, the interplay of electricity and magnetism. Maxwell’s breakthroughs formed the basis not only of modern electronics but the revolution in physics known as quantum mechanics.
Albert Einstein also had an intense yearning to unify and simplify. He spent the last three decades of his life searching for the missing element that would tie together our understanding of electromagnetism and the forces of gravity. For a time, Einstein seemed to be alone in his quest. As he focused his attention on the big picture, others were captivated by the increasingly smaller realm inside the atom.
Einstein never fulfilled that dream, and as the years passed, the need for unification only became greater as a growing conflict lurked in the background of science—a conundrum that still leaves physicists scratching their heads. As Brian Greene describes in The Elegant Universe, at the root of this dilemma is a discrepancy between Einstein’s theory of relativity (which revised our understanding of gravity and which works well to describe what happens in the world of the large) and quantum theory (which works well in the subatomic world of the very small). But when you put the two together, they just don’t jibe. In other words, if both the theory of relativity and quantum theory are valid “laws” that govern the universe, they both need to work all the time—and they need to work together. Without delving into the complex mathematical and conceptual ideas behind this, it’s as if there are two alternate versions of how our universe operates. Or we haven’t yet discovered the link in the chain that connects both theories.
Today some are heralding string theory as a possible solution to the dilemma, the answer Einstein was looking for. “String theory,” says Greene, “has the potential to show that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe—from the frantic dance of subatomic quarks to the stately waltz of orbiting binary stars, from the primordial fireball of the big bang to the majestic swirl of heavenly galaxies—are reflections of one grand physical principle, one master equation."2
Scientists refer to this master equation as a “unified theory.” When physicists invoke the word unified, what they are really talking about is the drive to simplify and to harmonize. Both philosophers and scientists will agree that the most important laws of life are, in the final analysis, the most simple. The greatest theory of all would be the one that reduces all that we know about nature and the universe into less (and more simple) principles, perhaps even one principle that would neatly tie everything together. Is string theory—with its oscillating strings of energy as the common denominator—the Theory of Everything? Not everyone agrees it is. Yet there is intense interest in the field, and it is one of the most active areas of theoretical physics, with many well-respected physicists (and billion-dollar particle accelerators) devoted to proving its validity.
String Theory, Pythagoras and Vibrational Medicine:
Sharing Principles of Vibration and Energy Flow
Beyond the intricate meanderings of physicists, why should we care about string theory or vibration? Does the idea of vibrating energy have anything to do with our everyday life? More and more researchers, health care practitioners and futurists and are answering with a resounding yes.
If it’s true that all matter is composed of vibrating strands of energy, so are we. In this scenario, the body itself is literally a symphony of strings. Our cells, organs and tissues vibrate. Billions upon billions of frequencies interact with each other and resonate within us. Just as importantly, those vibrations constantly interact with what's happening in our environment.
In short, in a world where vibration reigns supreme, the sounds and vibrations that fill the world outside of us can influence and change the vibrations inside of us, affecting our health and well being for better or for worse. The converse would also be true—the vibrations emanating from inside of us affect and change what takes place in the environment outside of us.
Of course, string theory is by no means the origin of such ideas. It is only a very recent adjunct to powerful and long-held principles that have been around for millennia. The principles of vibration and energy flow—and the idea that sound can influence our health—were espoused long ago by ancient sages of many cultures, East and West. To name just a few, Hermetic philosophers taught that one of the seven major principles we should live by is the principle of vibration: everything is in motion and everything vibrates. Chinese healers (and modern acupuncturists) seek to restore the flow of energy (or chi) through the body’s meridians. In the Chinese system, particular healing sounds are associated with one of the five organ systems of the body and can help balance the body and emotions. Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish sages taught that sound, in the form of specific mantras, divine names and prayers, can bring about a host of powerful effects, both external and internal.
Pythagoras is said to have used music to heal the body and the emotions. Through his study of vibrating strings, Pythagoras discovered the relationship between tone and the ratio of the strings. He believed that the essence and relationship of all things could be expressed through numbers. The great philosopher also taught about the “music of the spheres.” Pythagoras said that the movement, rhythm and vibration of every atom as well as every celestial body produce a particular sound.
The concepts of vibrating energy that are behind modern string theory and ancient traditions also underlie what is known today as energy medicine or vibrational medicine. Dr. Richard Gerber in his landmark book Vibrational Medicine defines vibrational medicine as “medicine that is directed toward an understanding of energy and vibration, and how they interact with molecular structure and organismic balance.3
Copyright © 2004. Patricia R. Spadaro. All Rights Reserved.
1. Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory ( New York: Vintage Books, 2003), pp.15-16.
2. Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe, p. 5.
3. Richard Gerber, Vibrational Medicine, 3d ed. ( Rochester, Vermont: Bear & Company, 2001), p. 65.
Originally published at: www.cymatherapy.com
Copyright © Patricia R. Spadaro.
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).
Dyslexia and dyspraxia is often about exercising the two hemispheres of the brain, bringing about hemisphere syncronisation/co-ordination. With sound therapy we look to improve the brain hemisphere co-ordination with the Sound Therapy Listening Program which is designed and to do just that with really positive feedback.
How Is 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 Is Our Preferred Delivery Method?
We concentrate on several areas when using the Sound Therapy Listening Program.
It can be used to relax the brain therefore bringing the brainwaves down to an alpha state which is the ideal brainwave state used in accelerated learning. In those states the brain relaxes and the by-product is that it can also boost the immune system when we move into a relaxed brainwave state. The program can also take the brain up to levels of gamma which can be used in high level focus.
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.
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.
How Sound Effects Matter In A Physical Way
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.
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.