In Western medicine, prescription medication and surgical procedures are the go-to mechanisms for healing. But in many cases, there are much safer and more natural approaches. And in Eastern medicine, vibrational healing has long been relied on to reduce pain and promote healing.
What is Vibrational Healing?
Rhythm is a part of life, and vibrations are a kind of rhythm – a pattern if you will. Rhythms have a way of happening on a big-picture scale (like the predictable changing of the seasons), as well as on a highly-personal micro scale.
Rhythms are a part of who you are at your core. From your sleep cycles and heart rate to breathing rate and various psychological emotions and feelings, vibrations are continuously affecting how you think, feel, and interact with the world around you. Some of these vibrations are so tiny that we’re not even consciously aware of them.
“Using atomic force microscopes, researchers have detected vibrations on the nanoscale — much smaller than 1/1000th the diameter of a single human hair. These vibrations generate electromagnetic energy waves,” Marney A. White, PhD, MS, writes for Healthline. “Researchers have found that vibrations and the electromagnetic energy associated with them cause changes in your cells, which can then affect how your body functions.”
What’s interesting is that different molecules have different default vibration rates and patterns. However, those rates can speed up or slow down depending on other conditions.
Sound healing is one of the most common forms of vibrational healing. Its history can be traced back more than 40,000 years when indigenous Australians used ancient tools called didgeridoos. The ancient Egyptians were also known to practice vibrational healing – going so far as to create sound chambers inside of their famous pyramids.
Sound healing has been described as a “meditative acoustic sound concert” in which different frequencies coax brain waves to slow down and enter into a deeply restorative state. This intentional state activates the body’s internal self-healing system, which promotes mental, physical, and emotional healing.
Vibrational sound healing can be initiated using any number of techniques. Common vibrational healing tools include tuning forks, Tibetan bowls, singing bowls, gongs, and drums. However, almost any tool (used with the right intention and technique) can promote sound healing.
The Benefits of Vibrational Healing
Vibrational healing has been connected to a number of important and groundbreaking benefits over the years. This includes beneficial treatment of fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and tinnitus. When it comes to sound healing in particular, benefits include:
Deep relaxation. Sound therapy typically produces a deep sense of relaxation in the human body and mind. It’s a powerful method of recalibrating and bringing the body back into a sense of equilibrium. Some people even describe a sensation of clearing “energy blockages.” It’s like a deep tissue massage for your energy, which leaves you feeling more balanced and aware of your sensations.
Emotional health. Sound healing is shown to reduce stress and anxiety. It’s also known to prevent and diminish depression and/or depressive thoughts. This results in more internal peace and a greater sense of calmness and happiness.
Physical health. In addition to resetting your mental and emotional health, vibrational healing can elevate your physical health. Documented benefits include reducing chronic pain, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and decreasing your risk of heart disease.
How to Use Vibrational Sound Healing
If you’re interested in vibrational sound healing/sound therapy, there are a few different methods you can try. A sound bath is one of the most common therapeutic methods. This is somewhat like an extended savasana in a yoga class. You lie down, close your eyes, relax your body, and marinate in the healing vibrations of specific sounds. (With a little searching, you should be able to find a sound bath somewhere near you.)
If you’re looking for a more specific benefit, you might schedule a private sound therapy session with a trained practitioner. This individual will listen to your needs and then play tuning forks or Tibetan singing bowls to bathe you in a therapeutic sound.
Looking for something a little more private and casual to test out the benefits of vibrational healing? You can always try some DIY methods, including listening to pre-recorded sessions with a pair of headphones.
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