The research being done into the science of sound healing and the effects of sound and healing are astounding. The effects of sound and music therapy run the gamut of health conditions, from increasing cancer survival rates to reducing pain in chronic sufferers. It is our hope that the medical community and scientific researchers will begin to seriously investigate the connection between healing and sound.
Some of the verified effects of Sound Energy Healing are:
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Reduced Heart and Respiration Rates
- Reduced Depression
- Reduced Migraines
- Reduced Pain
- Increased Oxygen Intake
- Increased Weight Gain in Premature Babies
- Increased Sleep for people suffering from Sleep Disorders
- 25% Decrease in Cortisol Levels (Stress Levels)
- Increased Immune Cell Activity
- Increased Brain Functioning through Spatial IQ testing
- Higher Statistical Odds of Recovering from Illnesses and Diseases like Cancer
This is by no means a complete list, but it is here to serve as a reference of completed case studies done by medical doctors into the effects of the healing powers of sound.
In our own sound healing practice I have seen people relax and break free of the stress and depression holding them prisoner. I have seen people get the first good night’s sleep in a long time. I have seen them work through old emotional issues that have been holding them back. I have seen people leave unhealthy relationships, heal chronic physical conditions, release unsupportive eating patterns,and transform their lives completely.
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor is a medical oncologist (cancer doctor) who uses quartz crystal singing bowls as a mandatory part of his medical practice. He has found the vibrational properties of the bowls to have a profound effect on his patients. He mentions several cases of patients who had tumors completely disappear after being exposed to the sound of the bowls. Many of his other patients who incorporated the crystal bowls into a daily lifestyle habit had a much higher than standard recovery rate with less negative effects from chemotherapy and radiation.
Sound and vibration are starting to make inroads into the medical community also. Modern medicine now uses sound waves to break up kidney and gallstones in the body. The machine used is called a lithotripter. This machine bombards the stones with a specific sound frequency for one or two hours. The patient is admitted in the morning and discharged in the evening. Generally no anesthetic is needed. With most patients only one treatment is necessary. The pulverized stone is passed out of the body through the urine.
Additionally researchers at University of Alberta have used a sound based technology called Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound (LIPUS) to gently massage teeth roots and jawbones to cause growth and have grown new teeth. As of June 2006, a device has been licensed by the FDA and Health Canada for use by dentists.
Yet another example of research done on the science of sound healing is found in the book Music as Medicine by Deforia Lane. Deforia reports on a research study done at the California State University. Thirty migraine sufferers were studied for a five week period. There were three groups. One group listened to their favorite music. The other group used relaxation and biofeedback techniques. The third group was the control group, they did neither. All three groups received the same amount of migraine medication. At the end of the study the results were clear, music proved the most effective supplemental technique. A follow-up a year later showed that the patients who continued to make listening to music a regular part of their daily routine reported an 83% decrease in migraines.
83%!!!! That is an amazing statistic. From the same book by Deforia Lane, another research study done at the Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta showed premature and low-weight babies gained weight faster and used oxygen more efficiently through sound therapy. The babies were exposed to an hour and a half of music every day.
And one more research study mentioned in the book was done at Baltimore’s St. Agnes Hospital. It was found that playing classical music in the critical care units reduced the need for medicine to control pain dramatically. One doctor stated, “Half an hour of music produced the same effects as ten milligrams of Valium.”
Types of sound healing instruments
Gongs, drums, rattles, digeridoos, rainsticks, Tibetan metal bowls, crystal singing bowls, bells, chimes, and tuning forks are all commonly used by modern day sound healing practitioners.
One of the most popular sound healing instruments is the crystal singing bowl because the sounds and tones of crystal singing bowls are so mysterious, captivating and riveting. These sounds are like the primal voice of the once quiet universe.
One really needs to experience the sound of these crystal singing bowls first hand to feel the majestic, uplifting, incredibly healing and peaceful effects of these bowls. crystal singing bowls, when tapped, hit or rubbed with a wooden mallet or dowel, produce soothing vibrations and sounds that will almost instantly calm your nervous system and put you into a meditative or neutral state of mind, which in itself is conducive to meditation. All of which combined will relieve all forms of stress and promote healing on all levels.
By simply listening to the rich, pure, vibrant tone of a crystal singing bowl, most sound recipients find them to be deeply relaxing, rejuvenating, even stirring of deep emotions and states of well being. By utilizing awareness techniques, a practitioner can guide the recipient into states of clarity, balancing of chakra centers, and much more. They can be used to transport the recipient into deep meditative states, even shamanic journeys into other dimensional states, or, realms of wisdom and understanding.
You can experience the healing sounds of the crystal singing bowls with Sharon Seraphina at Crystal Ritual Reiki Reno. Here we have a variety of sound healing instruments that are used in the holistic energy healing sessions we offer. We have nine crystal singing bowls in all different sizes, each tuned to a different musical note and chakra, one large Tibetan singing bowl, a drum, a rattle, a full set of nine Solfeggio tuning forks, and a chime. Simply click the link to our services page to learn even more.