Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The influence of Sound on Mind, Body & Soul

Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).

A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.

The inner ear, the cochlea, is filled with liquid that converts the vibrations into electrical impulses, which are then sent to the brain. The brain interprets the impulses as sound via a remarkable synchronicity of neurochemistry within the cerebellum and mesolimbic and frontal lobes, to elicit a wide array of memories, feelings, actions and thoughts.

Music is harmonious sound, or sounds crafted to evoke emotional reactions. Music is often referred to as the universal language.

Sound can support healing by bringing harmony to the body, mind and spirit. At the end of life, music can play a powerfully healing role, as explored in the field of “music thanatology”. The term thanatology comes from thanatos, the Greek term for death. Some hospices provide musical supports for the dying and even specially trained musicians provide musical bedside vigils to support the dying person and their friends and family.

Ultrasound (US) has been used in physical medicine for many years. No one is really clear how US works, though the most accepted theory is that the ultrasound wave imparts a micro-trauma, which elicits a minor inflammatory reaction and boosts the healing and clearing ability of the body. Julie Sheahan, a physiotherapist from Fusion Health, says that despite a lack of scientific evidence validating its effectiveness, many practitioners clinically see good improvements in their patients, particularly when US is used in conjunction with a whole treatment plan.

Vibrational healing methods using music may well be the most direct and effective way to help the body to heal and come back into harmony and health. We have much to learn and fully understand about the profound power of sound. Music can easily take us to new areas of consciousness, which, at this point on the planet, may be the most healing gift of all.

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