Years ago — think way, way back to ancient Greece — people were very particular about the sounds around them, particularly music, believing that sounds had the power to influence both the mind and body. To them, sound could harm or heal, unify or tear apart, and to a broader extent, influence the morality of larger society. These concepts haven’t faded away.
It’s what led people in the 1950s and 1960s to call rock ‘n’ roll “indecent”, for example. Today, so-called “sound therapy” is thriving, with practitioners holding steadfast to the notion that they can help where other medical and mental health professionals cannot.
The Theory And Science Behind Sound Therapy
Most sound therapists assert that the effectiveness of sound therapy comes from vibrations.
Everything in the universe, they say — even your body tissues — are made of atoms that flow and pulse with energy, creating vibrations at very specific frequencies.
Scientists acknowledge this assertion as fact, with even Albert Einstein noting that “everything in life is vibration.”
By using electronic devices and traditional instruments like didgeridoos, the human voice and even bowls struck with a mallet, sound therapists can interact with the vibrations happening inside you, magnifying or diminishing them to relax you or lessen pain.
In this way, in essence, the therapist’s job is to bring your vibrations back into balance.
These claims might sound ridiculously “new age,” but research studies are backing them up, suggesting that vibrations can trigger the body’s natural healing response mechanisms, influencing elements like hormone production and circulation.
Medical professionals have used ultrasound as a form of physical therapy for years.
Preparing For Your Sound Therapy Session
If you’ve never had sound or vibrational therapy before, it’s normal to be a little nervous. To stay relaxed and get the most out of your session, consider trying the following tips:
Although researchers are still gathering data on sound therapy, it is a practice that is hundreds of years old, having roots in ancient beliefs about vibration, energy and the mind-body-universe connection.
It is not a replacement for other treatments you could get, but rather one that you can integrate with other options your physician might recommend to you. With good preparation, your sound therapy session can be life changing.