Sound can influence and set a mood. The soundtrack in the gym can get us motivated and moving. Meanwhile, a zen track in yoga class can promote quiet relaxation and concentration. Sound can also have a powerful effect on how we feel throughout the day. Our body and mind reacts differently to stressful loud noises as it does to peaceful nature sounds.
In a nut shell, some sounds simply make us feel better than others. Whether our conscious minds are paying attention or not, our body will ultimately react to the surrounding sounds and its vibrations. Our body will instantly know when to become energized and when to slow down.
Research is now showing that when used in a directed way, sound can help us reduce stress, create a deep sense of well-being and can even promote healing. From playing classical music in the nursery to yogic chanting in the oncologist’s office, sound therapy is now gaining popularity as both a preventative medicine and as a complement to traditional treatments. Sound therapy can be good for both the mind and the body, it has been shown to help lift depression, clear sinuses and help cancer patients recover more quickly from chemotherapy.
According to the law of physics, everything vibrates: the chair you are sitting in, the food you eat, the rocks and trees. “Whether or not we hear it, everything has a sound, a vibration all its own,” writes Joshua Leeds in The Power of Sound (Healing Arts Press, 2001).
That sound is called resonance, the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates. Each part of our bodies has its own natural resonance, and vibrational therapy is based on the concept that disease is a result of those natural resonances getting out of tune due to stress, illness or environmental factors. Sound therapy can help the body by teaching it to return to its natural vibratory state.
Stephanie Rosenbloom writes in a November 2005 article in The New York Times, that sound therapists “argue that sound can have physiological effects because its vibrations are not merely heard but also felt. And vibrations, they say, can lower heart-rate variability, relax brain-wave patterns and reduce respiratory rates.”
Stress hormones can be decreased under these conditions and that is one reason the late Mitchell Gaynor, MD, oncologist and assistant clinical professor at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College in New York, used singing bowls with his cancer patients. Gaynor saw sound as part of a broader trend toward the humanization of medicine in which the whole person, not just the part that was broken, was addressed.
“I believe that sound can play a role in virtually any medical disorder, since it redresses imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning,” he wrote in his book The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music (Shambhala, 1999).
Sound therapy, some experts say, is at the cutting edge of healing. And soon, they insist, like yoga and meditation, it will eventually enter into the mainstream. In fact, several years ago, three out of four people who responded to a Prevention magazine health survey said that they listened to music to ease tension and stress. Of those, 82 percent reported that it provided them with significant tension and stress relief.
Watch a conversation with Biologist, Speaker and Author Dr. Bruce Lipton about his understanding of vibrational healing . He talks about how and why sound works and helps to reduce stress and pain and restores a more harmonious being.
science of cymatics
Throughout all the cultures of the world, as far back as history recalls sound, song and sacred movement have played pivotal roles in focusing attention and bringing awareness back to the essential nature of our being. Modern science can now show us precisely how this occurs, right down to the biochemical reactions and our corresponding neurological responses. The mechanisms through which this takes place are the underlying principles of resonance and entrainment. The science of Cymatics brings these principles to life, vividly showing how audible sound can animate inert powders, pastes and liquids, into coherent forms that appear like living, breathing organisms shedding light on the mysteries of manifestation and allowing us to see this primordial creative force in action.
Watch below video for an overview of Cymatics presented by Deepak Chopra, Kay Gardner, Jill Purce and Rupert Sheldrake. From the award-winning program, Of Sound Mind and Body: Music & Vibrational Healing.
The late Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, was Manhattan oncologist and popular author who taught cancer patients to supplement conventional medicine with soothing music, diet and meditation. He was also the author of six books, many of them focused on the environment’s effect on an individual’s health. They include “The Healing Power of Sound” (1999), “Dr. Gaynor’s Cancer Prevention Program” (1999) and “Nurture Nature, Nurture Health” (2005).
Watch the The Road to Recovery with Dr. Mitchell Gaynor: Sound Healing
science vs. music
'Cymatics' is the science of visualizing audio frequencies. In this video, musician Nigel Stanford and Director Shahir Duad explain how they created stunning visual effects that correspond to the music. Watch the full video below.
water is life
Water is directly affected by outside influences such as sound, vibration, and frequency, and as human beings are 70% water, our health and well being are also affected by these stimuli.
Watch John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies, as he describes sensing pulsation through our ears, and how our listening effects everything from our mood to our posture, to our perception of ourselves as vibratory beings resonating with myriad energy fields. From the award-winning program, Of Sound Mind and Body: Music & Vibrational Healing,