From Tibetan singing bowls to Aboriginal didgeridoos, music has been used for its therapeutic effects for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks used sound vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep, and even Aristotle’s De Anima detailed how flute music could purify the soul.
Sound Healing is a technique in which musical frequencies and tones are used in physical, mental and spiritual healing. This music takes you on a journey of sound healing, and relaxes your mind and body.
A session may involve sitting or lying down while listening to music or sounds from a speaker or instruments, or having vibrations applied using a special tool, such as a tuning fork. Depending on the method, you may be encouraged to participate by singing, moving, or even using a musical instrument, or you may need to remain still and quiet to let the sounds take effect. Sound healing use repetitive notes at different frequencies to help bring your focus away from your thoughts. Each instrument creates a different frequency that vibrates in your body and helps guide you to the meditative and restorative state.
Sound healing therapy improves many facets of the patient’s life, including emotional and social development, cognitive and motor functioning, and psychological and psychiatric health.
Sound Healing meditation includes guided and mantra meditation techniques. Guided meditation is a form of sound healing in which you meditate to voiced instruction, either in a session or class, or using a video or app. Meditation can involve chanting or repeating mantras or prayers.
A sound healing meditation is a meditation class that aims to guide you into a deep meditative state while you’re enveloped in ambient sound played by instructors, or sound therapists. Sometimes participants stay in a seated position on comfortable cushions during sessions, though some instructors ask attendees to lay on yoga mats.
Sound healing meditation can be an excellent way to meditate, especially if you’re in a rut with your usual self-care routine.