5 Unexpected Effects of Sound Healing

What is Sound Healing?

While it may be something you’ve never heard of, sound healing has been practiced for basically as long as we can recall. Have you ever noticed your mood increase after listening to a song you love? Sounds have a great impact on our moods and feelings, so learning to incorporate sound healing into your life can have great benefits on your mental health and well-being!

Many articles have been written indicating that sound healing has been practiced for at least 40,000 years. We also know that ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians practiced this healing technique. There have been multiple scientific studies conducted in more recent times to prove the benefits of this healing practice that has withstood throughout time.  

Sound healing uses sound vibrations to stimulate certain parts of our brains to relax our bodies and minds. This promotes healing by shifting our frequencies to those more associated with positive feelings such as happiness or love opposed to lower frequencies associated with negative feelings such as stress or fear.

How To Practice Sound Healing
You can practice sound healing by booking a session with a practitioner or practicing alone at home! If you’re practicing at home, find a comfortable place to sit or lay down and then use the following to practice:
  • Solfeggio Frequencies: This music uses sound patterns to stimulate our brains and the frequencies promote healing by balancing our energy. The music incorporates sacred numbers and each track has its own specific purpose for areas such as awakening our intuition, DNA healing, and more.
  • Singing Bowls: These bowls have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. The metal bowls come in different sizes and each size produces a specific vibrational pattern for certain parts of the brain. Multiple bowls are usually used at once to promote emotional healing and overall good well-being.
  • Binaural Beats: This sound healing practice stimulates our brains by using two tones, 200Hz in the left ear and 205Hz in the right ear, to create a third (binaural) perceived tone.
5 Benefits of Sound Healing
Sound healing has many benefits for our mental health, physical health, emotional health, and overall well-being. The benefits of sound healing include, but aren’t limited to:
  • Improved mental and emotional Health: One of the greatest benefits sound healing offers is improved mental and emotional health. This healing practice can lower stress levels, depression levels, and anxiety levels. Sound healing is also encouraged for those experiencing PTSD, sleep disorders, dementia, learning disabilities. Sound healing balances our minds and energy which allows our minds better ability to combat feelings of stress, fear, and more. 
  • Relaxation: Relaxation and the importance of it is talked about frequently, but allowing ourselves to actually relax can be easier said than done. Sound healing is great for relaxation because it targets parts of the brain that reduce stress or worry. This healing practice also aids our bodies into relaxation by operating in an overall parasympathetic state. With our minds and bodies in more calm states, we’re sure to experience complete relaxation.
  • Clearing energetic blockages: Sound healing helps us heal from past trauma or stressful events. Have you ever heard the phrase “the body keeps the score”? Sound healing can help us clear stuck energy we’ve kept in our bodies, and can balance our chakras for overall well-being. Some practitioners report feeling physical sensations such as tingling or a sense of hot/cold while experiencing this healing.
  • Improved physical health: Sound healing has many great physical health benefits that have been studied by scientists! Some of those benefits include: lowered blood pressure, reduced chronic pain, and a decreased risk for heart disease.
  • Improved sleep: Since sound healing promotes relaxation and lowered blood pressure, it’s great to practice before bed-time to optimize your night’s rest!
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  • Estrada, Jessica (2020, March 25), “3 Ways to Bring Your Body Vibrational Balance Using Sound Healing Therapy.” Well + Good, https://www.wellandgood.com/sound-healing/
  • (2019, December 27; modified 2021, December 18) “Sound Healing – How it Works and Its Health Benefits.” Destination Deluxe, 2020, https://destinationdeluxe.com/sound-healing-health-benefits/