I have studied the ancient art of Sound therapy with the Master Sound Healer Shree Krishna Shahi in Nepal. He is a 3rd generation official Sound Healer, there are books written about him and his trade. His grandfather Tibetan Tashi Lama was a Shaman from the Nawars tribe famous for ceremonial healing whose secrets passed on from father to son for many generations. With many mysteries of the singing bowls we have 7 bowls each hand crafted with 7 metals and each linking to a chakra vibration.
The sound healing or sound therapy is an ancient Tibetan method which has been used to heal for thousands of years. Music or sound has the ability to affect our mood and it is believed that it can be used in healing the human naturally. Everything in nature vibrates at a certain resonant frequency and is in harmony with everything in the universe like instruments in an orchestra. When an organ, bone or cell is sick the vibration is changed and is no longer in harmony hence causing dis-ease therefore rhythmic entrainment in music therapy can help organize thought patterns, speech development, and motor planning issues and help the organ get back in tune with its original natural vibration.
Music has a history of being used for promoting physical and emotional wellbeing since the beginning of recorded history. The Tibetan Monks used the singing bowls to create the sound and vibration combined with intention. The Ancient Egyptians used vowel sound chants in healing because they believed vowels were sacred. Aboriginees in Australia used sacred instruments like the digereedoo for healing. When native americans were called upon to heal tribe members they would fast in order to receive a song in a dream or vision instructing them how to carry out the treatment.
How it works!
In 1665 a Dutch scientist Christian Huygens identified the phenomenon we know as entrainment as a result of his invention of the pendulum clock: he noticed that two pendulum clocks, when placed on a common support, would synchronise with each other – even when the pendulum of one was deliberately disturbed, they would regain perfect synchrony within half an hour or so the same principle applies to sound therapy. The sound waves penetrates the body and the organs and hence bringing balance back into its natural state of homeostasis.
In air sound travels at 340 meters per second (760 miles per hour). In water sound travels at 1,500 meters per second (3,350 miles per hour). In glass sound travels at 5,600 meters per second (12,500 miles per hour). The human body is made up of 70% water; this makes it a very good conductor of sound. Sound affects the natural rhythms of our body.
Our body has a whole number of rhythms: –
- Heartbeat – normally 60 to 75 beats per minute (Resting 60 / Average activity 72)
- Breath – normally 14 to 16 breaths per minute
- Cranio-sacral pulse (pressure of fluid in the brain and spinal cord) – 8 to12 times per minute Gastrointestinal tract – contracts once a minute
Stomach – contracts every three minutes
- Brain waves – waking state 18 to 22 cycles per second
- Body temperature – changes from day to night
All of these rhythms will be affected by the sound waves in sound therapy. When we are in a state of stress our heartbeat can increase to 87 beats per minute. When we are deeply relaxed this rate will fall to around 57 beats per minute.
Sound therapy is very affective for people suffering from stress, nerve related issues (Parkinsons), cerebral Palsy, blind people (since they feel vibrations very strongly), Alzheimers, sleep disorders, PTSD Treatment for Veterans (Anger, Grief, Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks), Painful menstruation, anger, grief, intense fear, anxiety and helps control emotions…It brings them into a calm state and music/sound waves energizes all the cells of the body It helps them to relax and gives them the much-needed peace.