What Is Sound Healing and How Does It Work?

Sound Healing seems to be the huge hype right now, but let me tell you it goes much deeper than just giving you a relaxing feeling and a calm peace of mind. We all know the benefits of sound in general; when you are listening to your favorite tunes and you suddenly feel either relaxed or super energized. Sound Healing itself offers a new way to find your ‘inner-net’, an easy way to drop into meditation and ease flying thoughts. This type of modality actually creates frequencies to rewrite new brainwaves from your normal beta state (normal mind) to the theta state (relaxed conscious mind) and can even throw you into a deep hole of serious mediation called delta where the true healing occurs without you even knowing about it!


” At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. We know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing. Before we make music, music makes us.”

Joachim-Ernst Berendt, The World is Sound


To be more scientific about how it works, everything in the universe has a vibrational frequency and we’re hard-wired to have sound be a part of us. In the brain, all our neurons fire at different frequencies based on the information they are receiving. Those vibrations interact with every cell in your body and during a Sound Healing class, frequencies and vibrations are created through playing singing bowls, gongs, wind chimes, the flute, drums, the hand pan, tuning forks, rain sticks, didgeridoo, monochords and harps to name a few. The process of healing happens through vibration, which is measured in hetz. The normal human being can only hear from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz although this does not mean that any vibration outside of what we can hear doesn’t affect us.  “In your ear, there’s the vestibulocochlear nerve, which connects to the vagus nerve, the major parasympathetic nerve in the body,” says Dr. Martinez-Perez. Your parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for relaxation and digestion such as reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and relaxing muscles. Your vegas nerve also controls essential functions in your body such as, communicating motor and sensory impulses to every organ in your body. “This vagus nerve helps control hormone release, digestion, blood glucose levels, inflammation, heart rate, and blood pressure, he says. “And there’s a little branch of the vagus nerve that goes right to the tympanic membrane, which vibrates in response to sound waves. So that means that every sound that you process through your ears sends that information to the vagus nerve.”


So what does this mean? Well, when the vagus nerve is overstimulated (high stress situation) or inactive; the right frequencies can bring it back to normal working order. A study from 2016 found that sound healing improved blood pressure, breathing and blood circulation easing aches and pains and boosting the immune system. When sounds and pulsations are applied directly to the body to penetrate you on a cellular level, research has shown that the practice could be an effective treatment for chronic pain and injury recovery. Certain sound frequencies can also stimulate cell production of nitric oxide that aids in dilating the blood vessels to relieve blood pressure. Everything here works on a interconnected level, for example; when your mood is shifted to a calmer state, inflammation goes down, when inflammation goes down your body’s PH begins to balance itself, then your blood begins to travel to the areas where oxygen is needed and then the healing occurs. 


Don G. Campbell, The Roar of Silence

” To enter into the initiation of sound, of vibration and mindfulness, is to take a giant step toward consciously knowing the soul. There are hundreds of accurate models for this great journey inward. Each requires belief and discipline as well as the will to allow the inner and outer worlds to relate. Listening, learning, study, and practice are important tools. But we need the courage to enter into ourselves with the great respect and mystery that combines the faith of a child, the abandon of a mystic, and the true wisdom of an old shaman.”


The best thing about Sound Healing is that it’s noninvasive and becoming more available around the world.  At Samadi Bali, we hold one class per week with Full and New Moon Sound Healing Meditations twice per month.  Sessions are held with Abdi @thebalinesehealer, co-owner, yoga teacher and healer and can be booked directly through our reception ladies. 



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