The Healing Power of Vibrational Sound Therapy
Sound has long been used as a powerful tool for relaxation, mental health and healing. Whether it’s music, chanting or even taking a sound bath, sounds have been utilized for centuries to reduce tension, calm the mind and promote wellbeing.
Sound therapy has seen a meteoric rise in recent years as practitioners explore its potential to treat ailments from anxiety and depression to physical pain and inflammation. To do so, they employ various instruments and devices that create different sound frequencies.
Sound therapy is the most common type, and it uses therapeutic singing bowls to produce a calming and relaxing effect on the body.
Singing bowls have a long and storied tradition in natural healing, and are now widely used as forms of meditation and therapy. Not only that, but they’re an excellent tool for creating deep relaxation as well as helping to balance chakras – the body’s energy centers – through deep vibration.
Vibrational Sound Therapy is an ancient healing modality that utilizes the sound of Tibetan and Himalayan singing bowls to relax both body and mind. According to Carey-Sue Kaplan, owner of Desert Vibration and Sound Therapy in Las Vegas, this form of self-healing is highly effective.
Kaplan believes sound to be a natural healer for our bodies and minds. These bowls, made of hammered bell metal, possess vibrational properties which have been scientifically proven to be soothing and healing; providing comforting feelings to those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, chronic stress, depression or sleeplessness.
She states that these bowls can penetrate the skin and stimulate the body’s immune system, helping it release tension and toxins. They may also be utilized for chakra balancing, improved digestion, and detoxifying purposes.
At a session, the practitioner places bowls on or around the body and emphasizes both physical and energetic connections to their client’s energy. They may use various techniques depending on what the client needs – some more active like yoga and tai chi; others more passive such as breathing exercises.
Vibrational sound therapy has an invaluable ability to balance the brain’s sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. When under extreme stress or pain, the sympathetic system becomes activated which floods your body with cortisol (cortisol is linked to the “fight or flight” response) causing inflammation. On the other hand, parasympathetic functioning promotes healing while helping regulate emotions and stress levels.
Vibrational sound therapy offers another intriguing aspect, sonocytology: the study of sound vibrations produced by cells. This field of research is exciting as it could potentially aid in early detection of diseases like cancer or malaria.
Vibrational sound therapy works by altering cellular ion channels, which allow cells to receive nourishment and communicate with one another. When cells become dysfunctional, these channels may close down, leading to a slowdown in cell functioning as well as replication.