We experience sound on a daily basis. The noise of the birds on a morning, the music streaming through your headphones on your commute to work or school, the sound of the street lamps buzzing as the light seeps from the sky. These sounds each make up your day and often go unnoticed, but the truth is, sound has a bigger impact on your mood – and, indeed, health – than you might first think.
The idea that sound effects the health of the mind and body was founded thousands of years ago and is still used to this day.
Everything has a sound and vibration; a resonance. It is the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates and each part of our bodies also have one. Vibrational medicine, or sound therapy, is based on the concept that disease is a result of natural resonances getting out of tune – whether this be due to stress, illness or environmental factors.
Sound therapy returns the body’s own vibrations to their natural states by, according to sound therapist Rachelle Rodrigues‘ website, “playing the correct resonance during the session” which causes the subject areas to begin “to ‘sing’ the same sound and the negative, dense energy is transformed into a lighter, more positive energy.”
Used to treat various illnesses – both mental and physical (for an idea of the range, sound therapy has been used to treat a variety of things from stress to Parkinson’s disease to hormonal problems, for example) – sound therapy proves a valid rival for pharmaceutical drugs and, a lot will argue, a better alternative. Afterall, sound can have a physiological effect because it’s vibrations are felt aswell as heard, which can lower heart-rate variability, relax brain-wave patterns and reduce respiratory rates. Under these conditions, stress hormones decrease which is beneficial whoever the patient but particularly for people with serious illnesses.
“I believe that sound, especially music, can be a great healer […] Sound can relax you. When applied the right way, it can help release energy and help your body heal itself.” Steven Halpern, Ph.D.
As sound therapy becomes more well known, it edges on becoming as mainstream as activities such as yoga and meditation. Experts have stated that it is at the cutting edge of healing.
You’ve probably already starting using sound therapy, without knowing, as three in four people who responded to a Prevention magazine health survey stated that they listen to music to ease tension and stress and, of those, 82% reported that it brought them significant relief.
“Sound therapy activates one’s inherent healing, there are no negative side effects.” Rachelle Rodrigues
Rachelle Rodrigues is a qualified Sound Therapy Practitioner who has been using sound since 2001. She is also a member of the BRCP (British Register of Complementary Practitioners) and the ICNM (Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine). You can find details of her work and more about Rachelle and sound therapy by visiting her website.
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