Sound healing is the use of physical sound vibrations for therapeutic benefit. Sound Healing is unique among healing modalities because we can feel its effects through the vibrations it creates in our bodies, and at the same time, it works to balance the subtle energy fields.
The physics of sound plays an important part in how sound healing benefits us. Different sound vibrations interact with our physical and energetic bodies in different ways. Sound can be used to open and expand constricted areas, or cleanse and release blockages. It can be used for deep relaxation and also inspiring motivation.
Stress-reduction is the most simple and wide-spread result to receiving sound healing. Stress is the underlying cause of many physical conditions, and it melts away with ease when you are bathed in a sea of sound healing vibrations. Many people have also recovered from life-threatening illnesses such as Cancer and AIDS through the benefits of sound healing therapy.
Sound Healing is so effective because it influences our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies. Emotional imbalances are at the root of many physical diseases, and when we heal our emotional bodies, the physical symptoms disappear. Sound and emotions are deeply connected. Human emotions have their immediate expression through sound, and it is often the repression of the sound of the emotions that creates emotional blockages. Conversely, sound can be used to unlock the blocked emotions and release them with ease and grace.
Sound Healing can be as simple as being exposed to simple sounds, or as complex as listening to consciously composed sound healing music designed specifically for healing and relaxation.
The sound vibrations are typically produced by sound healing instruments, deemed so by their unique characteristics to produce pure sounds, rich in overtones and harmonics, that interact in a positive way with our physical body, emotions, and subtle energy fields. Though, any sound from any source that is created with intention will have therapeutic benefits.
In a typical sound massage healing session, you will be bathed in a sea of relaxing and soothing sound healing frequencies that will melt away stress and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Each session is unique and the sounds are created in the moment through intuitive listening and higher guidance.
Sound Healing Instruments:
Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls
Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls produce a single pure continuous tone. The sound is extremely relaxing and soothing and penetrates deep into the cellular level of the physical body. The sound of crystal singing bowls reaches deep into the depths of the subconscious to cleanse away emotional blockages and limiting thought forms.
They come in a number of different sizes and pitches, and can be used to target specific energy centers (chakras). They are also wonderful meditation aids, enhancing the meditative experience when listened to or played by the person while meditating. Their sound is evocative of angels, ascended masters, higher dimensions, and the ancient civilizations of Lemuria and Atlantis.
Crystal Singing Bowls are the ideal complementing instrument to the human voice for the meditative practice of “toning.” They provide a continuous fundamental sound upon which the voice can sing. When harmonizing your voice with a crystal bowl, micro-tonal pitches and rich overtones can be produced. These subtle frequencies can be used for specific healing and therapeutic benefits.
Tibetan Singing Bowls
Tibetan Bowls have been used by Tibetian Monks and spiritual masters for centuries. Authentic bowls are hand made, produced with an alchemical combination of seven sacred metals. During the forging process, the monks infuse the bowls with prayers and blessings in the form of ceaseless chanting until the bowls are completed.
Tibetan Bowls produce a basic pitch, but also a rich variety of overtones and harmonics when struck. They are typically played by being struck with a mallet to produce the rich permeating sound. A single bowl will have many varying overtones sound at the same time. It is possible to get them to produce a continuous sound, by tracing the mallet around the outer edge, though it is more difficult to do so than with crystal bowls.
Tibetan bowls can be used for deep relaxation, and also for chakra alignment and attunement. The interplay of several bowls sounding together is an extremely tranquil and profound sensation. The sound can carry you deep into your body to access your latent power of rejuvenation. Steeped in ceremonial tradition, they are a powerful enhancement to personal ritual, meditation, and prayer.
The voice is by far the most powerful sound healing instrument. Through training and inner listening, the voice can contain the most profound healing energies. Only through the voice can the true nature of the human soul be conveyed. Nurturing, healing, and inspiring, the voice can be used to cleanse, purify, and heal the most difficult situations.
Intuitive listening plays an important role when using the voice. By letting the sounds flow freely from the soul, the power of presence becomes apparent, and the healing moment can occur. When the voice is open and the connection with the soul is pure, frequencies of a higher nature can come through. Angelic sounds, shamanic chants, sacred mantras, all can flow freely to produce deep healing on many levels.
Being a most versatile instrument, the voice can create the precise sounds and frequencies that will help challenging blockages unravel and disappear.
“Toning” is a meditative practice of using the voice to release and transmute any physical, emotional, or energetic blockages and to restore balance and vibrant health. Toning is a very grounding practice that restores your communication and relationship with the physical body by creating a bridge between the inner and external environment.
Toning helps you tap into your own true essence by accessing the infinite expressive nature of your own soul and higher truth.
Toning is a simple practice with profound results. I provide introductory workshops and individual tutoring sessions to help you learn the basic techniques of breathwork and body-awareness that will build a foundation for you to develop and deepen your own practice.
Binaural beats can be used to induce relaxation and promote a feeling of wellness. To listen to a binaural beat, you would use headphones to pipe sound to each ear. Each tone will be at a slightly different frequency, resulting in the “beat” you perceive. The difference in Hertz (Hz) between the sounds determines the effect on brainwaves.
‘Binaural Beats’ is a term given to a measured change in brain activity when presented with audio stimulus. When a person is presented with a stereo sound with two different tones – the brain produces a response (binaural beat) which is hearing and responding to the difference between the tones, not the actual tones themselves.
At Mindfit we do not use different tones when creating Binaural Beats (tones can be very annoying and distracting) – We create a slight different in the notes or sounds presented in the left and right channel of the music.
The sample will first play in its original form and then again with the tonal changes required to produce the Binaural Beat effect. This sample has a high volume of difference between the tones compared to the actual Hypnosis sessions, so that you can really hear the ‘wavy effect’ of the difference in how each side sounds.
Definition of Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are auditory brain-stem responses which originate in the superior olivary nucleus of each brain hemisphere. They result from two different auditory impulses or sounds, heard from opposite ears. This binaural beat is consciously heard as the human hearing range is from 20-20,000 Hz. Rather it is perceived as an auditory beat and theoretically is being used coach certain brain rhythms from what is called the frequency-following response (the tendency for the brain to resonate at the frequency of an external stimulus).
How It Works On The Brain
When signals of two different frequencies (sounds) are presented, one to each ear, the brain detects phase differences between these signals. The brain processes this anomalous information differently when these phase differences are heard with stereo headphones or speakers. A perceptual integration of the two signals in perceived in the brain, producing the sensation of a third “beat”. The difference between the signals waxes and wanes (this is the “wavy” sound heard in the hypnotic sessions) as the two stereo sounds mesh in and out of phase. The binaural beat is perceived as a fluctuating rhythm at the frequency of the difference between the two auditory inputs.
How Binaural Beats creates a Hypnotic Response
Binaural beats can easily be heard at the low frequencies (< 30 Hz) that are characteristic of the EEG spectrum (Oster, 1973). This perceptual phenomenon of binaural beating and the objective measurement of the frequency-following response (Hink, Kodera, Yamada, Kaga, & Suzuki, 1980) suggest conditions which generate brain waves activity and altered states of consciousness (hypnotic trance).
|> 40 Hz||Gamma waves||Higher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness|
|13–39 Hz||Beta waves||Active, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition, and or paranoia|
|7–13 Hz||Alpha waves||Relaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness, REM sleep, Dreams|
|8–12 Hz||Mu waves||Sensorimotor rhythm Mu_rhythm, Sensorimotor_rhythm|
|4–7 Hz||Theta waves||deep meditation/relaxation, NREM sleep|
|< 4 Hz||Delta waves||Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness|
Mind-Fit uses the differing rates of Binaural beat stimulation during the induction and therapy parts of its sessions to aid in the progressive relaxation acquired when entering the Hypnotic state.