"Sound healing" is a term that is used to describe healing, or physical/emotional/spiritual balance, that is promoted by sound. It is different than "music therapy" in that it is neurologically oriented and not psychologically oriented. Sound therapy is based on the principles of resonance, entrainment, vibration, and intention (more articles to come on this.) The field of sound healing is also under the umbrella of vibrational medicine. All matter is vibration, and is therefore influenced by other vibrations, including sound, light/color, and inaudible/invisible frequencies.
There is a wealth of written material available on sound
research, i.e. the physics of sound and its influence on
matter and human physiology, clinical research studies,
case studies, and personal
accounts. The Sound Healing Network website will, over
time, be expanding our links to other websites, references,
and articles in this dynamically evolving
Sound healing techniques may be categorized as follows:
Use of the voice to create healing frequencies and qualities,
often chakra-based. Sacred chant, although not typically
toning, involves healing sounds from the word syllables
as well as the voice. Guided Music:Improvised sound and
music that is empowered
by healing intention and is targeted toward the person
receiving the healing.
Soul Song, Sacred Song -
Also called spirit song or authentic voice, and related to toning
and guided music, this intuitive sound and music is expressed directly
from the soul of the person receiving the healing and deserves a
category of its own.
Tuning Fork -
A small steel instrument with two prongs that when struck
sounds a fixed frequency that is about as close to a "pure" tone
as you can find. One end is usually placed on the body to transfer
resonance. Tuning forks can be aligned with and used on
acupuncture meridians and they may also be tuned to the resonant
of the earth, other planets, and other energies.
Pure Tone -
A theoretical sound that contains no harmonics other than
its own fundamental. (i.e. the mathematical sine wave)
Singing bowls and gongs -
Ancient sound healing practices are time-proven techniques.
Bowls may be "sung" or struck with different mallets
for different effects and listened to or placed on the body
to resonate areas for healing. Gongs, when struck, have the ability
to move blocked energy in the body, and vibrate every cell to the
resonance of Wholeness.
Drumming focuses on the principle of entrainment, which has many
healing applications in therapy and building community.
Vibroacoustic Music (VAM) -
Resonation of the body directly through nerve, skin, and bones,
with the use of a sound table or sound chair.
Sonic Neurotechnologies -
A term coined by Joshua Leeds in his book, The Power of Sound, this
describes many sound-engineering techniques that have been researched
for their healing effects.
Indigenous and Shamanic practice -
The list of indigenous instruments and practices using sound healing
are too numerous to list and may yet be undiscovered. Many NESHRI
members combine Shamanic practice with sound healing, such as journeying
and working with earth and ethereal energies and guides.