It makes sense that its etymology comes from the Greek “Arte de las Muses”, the goddesses that embodied and inspired the art, literature, and knowledge of humanity.
The sound has been used in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Either through the use of mantras as with the Hindus, the icaros (medicine melodies) of various indigenous peoples of Central and South America.
We use music for entertainment, celebration, ceremony, expression, leisure, and communication. Whether we have a musical inclination or not, it is most likely what truly connects all humans of all cultures, creeds, and corners of the earth.
We play music at our wedding ceremony to celebrate love and at funerals to say goodbye. We listen when we are bored, and we dance when we want to have fun.
Most importantly, we use music for healing.
Think of each time you heard sad songs when you felt depressed, or optimistic songs when you felt happy.
Music is therapy.
What is sound healing?
Healing with sound is the process by which a professional uses all aspects of music (or specific), including emotional, physical, social, spiritual, mental, psychological, and superficial, to improve the health of their patients.
Sound Healing improves many facets of the patient’s life, including emotional and social development, cognitive and motor functioning, and psychological and psychiatric health.
Healing with sound occurs when the patient experiences or participates in the music, either by listening to it or singing it, improvising musical acts, passing to the moment of music, meditating on music, singing, shouting or singing, playing musical instruments, and even subject the patient to specifically developed and produced sounds that are said to induce positive brain waves and alter our mood.
The science of Sound Healing
Almost everything we experience in the universe is simply our perception of the waves.
When sound waves reach our ears, they become electrical signals that travel through the auditory nerve to the auditory cortex, the part of the brain that processes sound.
Once the sound waves reach our brain, they trigger responses in our bodies. This process alters our emotions, releases hormones and chemicals that affect both our body and our mood, and triggers certain impulses (for example, singing and dancing).
Although research on how music changes our brains do not exist, there is evidence to suggest that musicians have different brains than those without a musical inclination.
Research has shown that the brains of musicians are more symmetrical and that the parts of the brain that are responsible for motor and cognitive functioning, coordination, reasoning and information processing are significantly larger.
The two hemispheres of the brain also have better communication thanks to an enlarged corpus callosum.
In neurological studies, it has been shown that listening to music makes us more productive and creative; It can relieve stress and, depending on the type of music, can improve our mood.
This is because listening to music floods our brain with dopamine, the happy chemist. It also releases oxytocin, a natural analgesic and hormone that allows us to unite and trust people.
It is most commonly found in mothers during childbirth.
Music also helps the development of language and improves communication.
It has been shown to increase our IQ slightly, so it is safe to say that music makes us smarter. It also improves our memory, avoiding brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
The music is powerful. It can change our brains, and it changes our bodies.
How sound can heal you
The simplest way sound can heal is in the sense that, as mentioned, it makes us happy and can alter our mood.
Whether we listen to happy or cheerful music, or when we listen to deep and melancholic songs, our emotions are sharpened and we can better process our feelings.
The only difference is that, normally, we only care about listening to sad songs when we feel sad because (and here is the mystery) we know that it makes us feel better.
What can sound heal?
Healing with sound can improve or cure many ailments, which include, among others:
- Psychological/psychiatric and behavioral disorders that include autism, depression, learning problems and developmental problems
- Anxiety disorder
- Mood changes or negative emotions, such as sadness, aggravation, anger, self-pity and anguish.
It can also cause:
- Clarity and balance.
- Improvement of memory and concentration.
- Improves sleep (both in quality and quantity).
- A stronger immune system.
- Improves creativity.
- Greater awareness, both of the self and of the environment.
Ten benefits of Sound Healing / Therapy
In the current era of stress, anxiety and frustration, it may seem very difficult to get some kind of rest from the pressures of our daily activities. One way to make a positive change in your life and relieve stress is to use sound therapy.
The ways in which your body reacts to certain sounds and vibrations can have a positive impact on your physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Here are the top ten benefits you can get from sound healing:
It gives you more attention
Sound healing (therapy) can also help you regain focus in your life. This is achieved by decreasing the frequency of brain waves to help you focus more. This can help you, not just cope with day-to-day activities; Sound therapy can even be used to achieve better sports performance.
Many people use sound healing to relieve chronic headaches and migraines. It can also address the underlying cause of many headaches such as stress and high blood pressure. One study reported that adults who suffered from migraines got relief from their symptoms after two weeks of therapy.
Creating new positive patterns in your brain with sound therapy can also give you a great boost of confidence. You can take charge of the new challenges and have the confidence to make the necessary changes in your life.
Relief from stress.
One of the greatest benefits a person feels with sound therapy is stress relief. Soothing sounds help readjust the brain to better cope with stress by replenishing brain energy with high-frequency sound.
Much of the way you feel is connected to the signals that your brain sends through the body. A body under stress feels tired and fatigued and one of the main organs that affect stress levels is our ears. Sound therapy feeds the brain with stimulating sounds that motivate the brain to release latent energy.
Get relief from common ailments
Because many of the ailments and health problems we face in the modern era are related to stress, you can alleviate them with the regular use of sound therapy.
For example, problems such as hypertension, stomach pain, depression, and joint pains are related to stress and anxiety. When the correct sounds vibrate around the body, they create a healing environment where the body and mind begin to heal themselves.
By using specific frequencies to help rebalance brain function, sound healing can help you think more clearly and avoid the temptation to rely on self-destructive and addictive habits.
A healthy mind promotes a healthy body and can break the cycle of negative thoughts and habits to enjoy a much more calm and centered life.
Improve organizational skills.
Obviously, when your brain is more concentrated and there are “fewer activities” in it, you can take control of your daily tasks on a whole new level.
You will find that a sound healing course will help you improve your organizational skills that will benefit your work and your family life.
Increased attention span
Many parents who have children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), speech or language difficulties have found many benefits of sound healing.
This is because sound therapy can help re-train the brain to listen more efficiently and help focus attention on tasks.
Improve relationships with others.
Too much stress is one of the main causes of breakups in relationships within the family, the workplace and anywhere else we interact with others.
With the help of sound therapy, your stress levels are reduced and you can focus more on building and strengthening relationships.