Soothing Sounds: Top 5 Types of Sound Therapy
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain are activated including those which as associated with movement, planning, attention, and memory. It basically changes the chemistry of your brain. The moment the Audio fades in of such track and you close your eyes, only to find yourself back in that place, as all the emotions start to flow like a strong stream gushing through your guts and veins and they forever hold a place in your heart. Listening to music that we enjoy stimulates the release of dopamine which makes us feel rewarded. The use of sound to address the needs of an individual is called Sound Therapy.
Sound Healing therapy applies the aspects of music to improve physical and emotional health well-being. The person who is getting treated partakes in the experiences with a trained sound healing practitioner. It involves a variety of activities, which include – listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and also guided imagery. It is known to improve your patient’s life, including emotional, cognitive, motor functioning, and psychological health. There are many types of Sound Therapy out of which some are scientific, while others are more spiritual.
- Singing Bowl Therapy: This type of Sound Therapy – dates back to the 12th Century, which has been used as a ritual in Tibetan Culture. The metal bowl produces a deep, penetrating sound that is used to relax and repair the mind. In a study conducted in 2016 found that singing bowl meditation reduces stress, anger, depression, and fatigue. All these things can impact your physical health, and raise the risk for disease; Singing Bowl therapy is good for your physical, as well as emotional well-being.
- Guided Meditation: This form of sound healing includes you meditating to voiced instruction, either by an instructor or using a video, or an app. The instruction includes chanting or repeating mantras or prayers. Guided Sound Meditation helps you to reduce stress, and it is also known to decrease your anxiety and depression.
- Brainwave Entrainment: It is also known as binaural beats, this method is known to stimulate the brain into a specific state using pulsing sound to encourage your brain waves to align to the frequency of the beat. It can help you to enhance your focus, entranced state, relaxation, or sleep. Though more research is required to understand the benefits of it, though some of the conducted researches show that audible brainwave reduces the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and improves behavioral problems in children.
- Tuning Fork Therapy: This therapy uses calibrated mental tuning forks to apply specific vibrations to different parts of the body. It can help you to release tension and energy and to promote emotional balance. It works similar to the acupuncture but using sound frequencies for point stimulation instead of needles. There are on-going research activities that suggest that tuning fork therapy may help relieve muscle and bone pain.
- Vibroacoustic Therapy: Sound waves are caused by vibration, and the vibration is believed to affect your body’s functioning – such as blood pressure and breathing. It uses audible sound vibrations to improve health and reduce stress. It involves using speaks which are imbedded in recliners, mattresses to transmit music and sound vibrations directly to your body. There is supportive evidence that highlights it’s benefits to promote relaxation and reduce pain and symptoms in people with cancer and those recovering from surgery.
While evidence for some of the methods may be limited, sound healing is an effective stress reduction and relaxation and has been shown to offer many health benefits. Sound Therapy is even more useful when combined with the practice of meditation. There is no specific genre that is best for sound therapy, just find the sounds that work best for you. Next time you need a boost yourself or need some morale picks up, just put the playlist that gets you going.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.