things to know about sound healing

7 Things to Know About Sound Healing

Blog Post By: Ian Morris

Sound healing is a conscious or mindful use of sound frequencies that have proven to be useful in facilitating a certain mood, feeling, or brainwave state.

1. Sound Healing has Become the New Trend in the Wellness Movement

In the quest for health and healing, sound therapy is the new rising star. Just take a look at your social media posts and online advertisements, there are sound healing events popping up all over the globe. It seems that everyone these days owns a singing bowl. Yes, my friends, frequency is the “new” medicine and it is becoming more mainstream everyday whether you are ready for it or not. Even the lingo is making its rounds. For example, take the word “frequency,” it has infiltrated the vocabulary of everyone from life coaches to entrepreneurs. You have likely seen phrases such as,”your vibe attracts your tribe”, or “change your frequency and change your reality.” These phrases are just a reflection of the mindset and philosophy in the ever growing movement of sound healing and frequency.

2. It’s Not Just For the “Woo Woo” or “Crazy Hippies.”

Sound healing is not just confined to yoga studios and spiritual communities.
The amazing benefits of healing with sound and frequency are even being utilized in conventional health industries. The use of sound and frequency are beginning to stretch into almost every aspect of the traditional health industry, here are some examples: hospitals are now beginning to utilize frequency machines to heal brain tumors [], sports medicine therapists have been using sound healing for physical therapy, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities use it to increase overall functionality and quality of life, psychologists use it for depression, PTSD, anxiety, and grief, and it can also be seen in addiction recovery treatment centers and programs []. All over the U.S. sound is being used to aid in the recovery process from everything from cancer to depression. It has made breakthroughs where there were none to be made in patients with dementia and Alzheimer's. You can see this in the powerful (2014) documentary, “Alive Inside”, a film directed and produced by Michael Rossato-Bennett [].

3. It’s More Than a Singing Bowl

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words sound healing? When I ask my clients this question, the answer more often than not will be a singing bowl.

The singing bowl’s new popularity with yoga studios and the growing number of sound bath’s have given a new awareness to this ancient instrument. This new awareness is amazing, but I encourage my clients and you to dive deeper. There is so much more that this field has to offer. The choices are vast, from private sessions in the comfort of your home with binaural beats, voice therapy, vibroacoustic therapy, or meditation with frequency minded music just to name a few. There are also a whole host of group events offered all over the world from gong baths to sound immersions that include everything from didgeridoo, tuning forks, and the ever popular singing bowls. Sometimes it’s not just about one instrument or tool, rather it’s the process of discovery. I encourage you to explore and experience this ever growing and amazing field. We have just began to scratch the surface!

4. Frequency Music Is the Future

Yes, there is more to it than just music. Frequency minded music has a specific intention of creating a music track that is centered around a certain frequency for specific healing purpose or focus. The goal is to bring the healing benefits and philosophy of sound healing therapy to a more mainstream or traditional song structure []. This is accomplished by pairing the upbeat and emotional side of traditional music with the science of sound healing and other ancient sacred sounds. Ultimately this takes the healing power of sound out of the clinical or holistic office setting and brings it into a more consistent daily use. Musicians all around the world have already started composing with sacred frequencies and you can bet the popularity will only grow in the years to come. Get ready for more conscious and healing music from your favorite top forty artists.

5. It’s Deeper Than 432Hz and 528Hz

There are many schools of thought when it comes to sacred frequencies, however these are the two most famous and recognizable in this growing field. I won't go into the history or into the reasons why one might be recognized as better than another (that’s an article for another time)! I have had success with utilizing both of these frequencies with my clients for a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety to insomnia and pain. If you research information about the frequencies (Hz) and read about the science behind it, you will establish solid guidelines and deepen your knowledge and curiosity. However the focus should be on you and your relationship to the tone and music being utilized.

Each day, we change in the frequencies we carry in our bodies and minds. From our work and home environments, to the food we eat, and the people we surround ourselves with. We change and fluctuate with each experience we have, with each thought we think. Because of this, there is no one frequency that will work across the board for every person. Think of frequency as a disrupter of your everyday broadcast. We all carry some sort of baggage, am I right? Frequency can help clear the work table of the mind by pushing out all of the clutter from past traumatic experiences, stories of not being good enough, or your memories of all those bad streaks of luck and so forth.

6. It Can Help with Your Meditation Practice

There are many different styles and methods of meditation each with its unique outlook on this ancient practice. Just as there is no one frequency to fix everything, I believe there is no one way of meditating. Each of us are different with our style, flow, and attention span. If you are finding it to be a struggle to keep your focus or with staying consistent with your meditation practice, adding frequency and frequency minded music may be the missing piece for your mindfulness success. Many of my clients complain at some point in the first consultation about not being able to quiet their minds. In our society today, it’s almost impossible to do that completely. Frequency and sound are capable of helping to give a new focus to the mind without extra effort. Frequency can help to slow down the thought processes and help the listener to become present in the moment for reflection and body awareness. I have seen hundreds of people over the last few years change forever by simply adding frequency music to their self care and mindfulness practice.

7. The Power of Intention & Sound May Be the Greatest Source of Your Healing

The main focus of sound healing in the mystic sense isn't really about frequency at all, it's about intention, intuition, body awareness, and consciousness. Don’t get me wrong, frequency is the foundation in setting the mood, attention, and energy for each sound session. However, the real power will be found in the connection between the tone/frequency and the intention of the listener. Setting goals for removing blocks, whether it be mental or physical, and holding that thought and focus throughout the session will create powerful results. I often refer to the Hollywood Blockbuster movies and the significant role music plays in each scene to achieve a certain mood or give the movie scenes more power and fullness. You can give this a try for yourself to see what I mean, just turn the music down to your favorite movie and observe how this will completely change the feel and engagement of the movie for you. In that same sense, frequency is the fuel to your intentions. This fuel can be “programmed” along with your intentions to create a powerful tool for release, healing, or manifestation. The right style of music mixed with your frequency of choice will change your self care and mindfulness practice, taking it to the next level. Don’t take my word for it, give it a serious try (a week or two) and see for yourself.

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