Guide to Sound Healing Wellness Practices – History, Frequencies, Innovations, Mechanism, and Benefits

Unleash the healing potential of meditation frequencies

Stressed out? Overpowered with anxiety? Tap the healing potential of sound energy and meditation frequencies. Well, it may sound new to you but healing with sound energy and meditating at varied frequencies has a deep-rooted history. What about having a massage with sound? How does it feel to get soaked in the shower of pleasant notes and tones?

We get attracted by the sound of raindrops, cascading waterfalls, crashing waves or the ripples of rivulets. It isn’t strange that the song you like gives an instant feel-good experience. The concept of sound healing comes naturally to humans. Music and resonance have a deep and lasting impact on our mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Evolution of the sound wellness trend

listening music

Research and education are being conducted for broader awareness of Sound Wellness empowering individuals to naturally enhance their health and well-being by tapping the healing potential of sound. It could be through music, or other applications of vibration and acoustics.

Sound wellness in managing anxiety and stress and enhancing other vital dimensions of wellness is a fast-emerging domain where initiatives are taken in all sectors apart from individual care and clinical settings.

  • Architecture design

Awareness in acoustics would impact design and architecture of public spaces like community halls, transportation stations, schools, public landscapes where integrated musical sound and acoustic planning would offer an enhanced sound experience with white noise.

  • Healthcare settings

Tired man

Apart from Music Therapy, wellness sound experience would be more profound in critical cancer care, pain management, pre- and post-treatment healthcare regime,reducing stress and fatigue in healthcare workers and other public spaces in healthcare facilities. Sound and resonance therapy would see more applications in senior care for pain management and emotional wellness in hospices and assisted living centers.

  • Sound healing for kids

School going kids and teenagers are not spared from depression and anxiety. Given the growing trends of crisis impacting the global socio-economic scenario, its impact is quite severe on the kids’ emotional health. Children showing delayed development, learning difficulties, mental issues, autism spectrum disorder and other issues can benefit from guided sound healing programs run in schools.

  • Creating the environment for sound sleep

man in sound sleep

Sound healing meditation helps in slowing down brain waves to a deeply restorative state that supports better sleep. Personalized mind-body synchronizing sound healing programs with sensory-integrated tunes and notes and bio-acoustics can create the right chemistry for sound sleep.

  • Social media podcasts on Sound Healing

With sound wellness gaining momentum, global communities will connect through social media by hosting sound healing events and concerts.

Sound healing frequencies and our body

creating a sound wave

For those who never studied music or cared for its technicalities, frequency is nothing but the rate per second measurement of vibration creating a sound wave, the number of times the particle is vibrating per second. This frequency is measured in Hertz.

Meditation frequencies for healing are growing in popularity in various sound meditation therapies using Tibetan Singing Bowl, Himalayan Bowl, tuning forks, etc., where frequencies from these objects are tuned to uplift our vibration frequency.  We just need to get the right ambiance and perfect settings of tones and vibrations to tap the healing power of sound.

Our bodies are constantly humming at certain vibration frequencies. You cannot feel it. When everything goes fine, our bodies continue to vibrate at normal frequencies throughout the day in various activities. When we are stressed or suffer from any illness, our humming efficiency drops. Exposure to healing frequencies helps in stepping up the normal frequency level.

History of sound healing:

Let us look back to the post World War II scenario when music therapy was clinically adopted to heal soldiers from post-traumatic test disorder (PTSD). Since then, it has been widely applied in different clinical settings and rehabilitation centers to help clients improve their overall physiological and psychological performance.

Sound healing (alternatively known as vibration medicine) is not restricted to music therapy alone. It takes into consideration myriad resonant notes and vibrations channelizing them properly all throughout our physical and mental entity. It may employ human voice as well. Chanting of hymns and mantras in a specific bass has also a significant influence on healing.

This unique treatment modality has been existent since thousands of years. Ancient therapies with Tibetan Singing bowls, sonorous bells, forks or gongs are emerging in new forms. These typical sound-generating objects seem to create a magical wave helping in alleviating anxiety, tension, sleep disorder, high blood pressure etc.

Does it have any scientific ground?

relation between sound and healing

There have been quite a few studies that established a relation between sound and healing. These studies delve into establishing the cause-effect relationship in this long-standing observation. These have lead to the following conclusions:

  • An NIH study states that sound waves can be felt through our skin. Water, a prime constituent of our body conducts sound at a much faster rate than sound.
  • Studies have established that most effective music therapies are based on resonance and brain entrainment principles.
  • Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT) alleviates stress and helps in pain management. It recognizes the effect of external vibrations on our physiological functions.
  • The leading oncologist, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York and the author of the book “The Healing Power of the Sound”, is a pioneer in incorporating new strategies of sound healing in preventing and treating cancer applying ancient “Tibetan Singing Bowl” method.

Understanding human body frequency resonance and its impact on healing

You would be surprised to learn that the human body constitutes of approximately 7*1027 (7 accompanied by 27 zeros) energized atoms. Not only human beings, but also each and every animate and inanimate object in the universe is made of atoms resonating at a specific frequency, generating unique electromagnetic fields. This human body frequency resonance could be tapped for healing. Our life force is generated from the movement of electrically charged particles caused by electrical conduction. According to Dr. Robert O. Becker, a person’s health can be determined by the electrical frequency of his body.

The human heart has the most far-reaching electromagnetic field, whose waves can reach much further than our brain waves. Our heart connects first energetically when encountering another person. These simple acts signify how human body frequency can influence our mental and physical health.

Shifting of brain waves through different stages:

brain waves

A sequential shift in brain waves occurs with the rhythm and frequency of sound vibration as follows:

Normal waking conscious state (beta) -> relaxed consciousness state (alpha) -> meditative state (theta) -> sleep state (delta) that fosters internal healing

It has some resemblance to deep-breath meditation but instead of breathing it is the vibration frequency that leads to the shift in brainwaves. In most of the therapeutic applications, the person is required to lie down in a relaxed position with heightened attention to sound perception.

He receives the sound vibrations of varied tones and frequencies generated by the therapist from specific sonorous objects amidst a calm ambience. This may be accompanied by specific hand-to-body contact actions.

Sound vibrations help releasing energy blockage:

Sound healing frequencies generated by specially designed instruments subtly massage the body penetrating deeper into our soul and mind helping in easing of stress and pain. Ancient Chinese medicine considers our physical entity an energetic body holding our force of life, which is referred to as Prana (life) or Qi, Chi.

It is the natural flow of energy through countless energy meridians in our body that drives us in performing various functions. Any obstacle in the energy flow through the meridians leads to diseases and sufferings. Sound vibrations help in releasing the energy blockages, which is very effective in pain management.

Emotional healing with sound:

frustration is not good

Experts in sound healing believe as much as 50% of our health issues can be accounted for stuck emotions. We can relate most of our emotional expressions with a specific sound. For example, we scream out of fear. This is a particular sound that is harmful for our physical and emotional health.

Most of the lower emotions (or negative emotions) like anger, frustration, irritation, doubt, impatience, disappointment etc. can be categorized under distorted sounds that break our physical health. On the other hand, higher emotions like happiness, joy, optimism, hopefulness, enthusiasm, freedom, passion are categorized under sounds with pure tones.

Sound of difference frequencies and tones can be applied to transform the subconscious beliefs mostly the lower emotions to higher emotions. Researches carried out with different mixing of sounds proved to be very useful in emotional healing of a person.

Sound healing – innovations in modern wellness:

When the global population is immersed in stressful situations, vibrational acoustics can help in restoring the perfect mind and body harmony. Visiting an experienced practitioner can be greatly helpful but modern age believes in consumer empowerment where consumers can maneuver their wellbeing through various sound and resonance therapies.

Advancements in Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy have led to the creation of innovative products which can be installed at home, spas and resorts, hospitals and clinics and even in corporate workplaces.

Specially designed loungers, mattresses, platforms, chairs or treatment tables embedded with high-end audio systems generate the specific tone enabling you a deep mind-body relaxation. As the sound and music combo from acoustic resonators reach your ears, you get immersed in a soft sound massage that eases your stress.

Understanding human body frequency resonance and its impact on healing

human body frequency resonance

You would be surprised to learn that the human body constitutes of approximately 7*1027 (7 accompanied by 27 zeros) energized atoms. Not only human beings, but also each and every animate and inanimate object in the universe is made of atoms resonating at a specific frequency, generating unique electromagnetic fields. This human body frequency resonance could be tapped for healing. Our life force is generated from the movement of electrically charged particles caused by electrical conduction. According to Dr. Robert O. Becker, a person’s health can be determined by the electrical frequency of his body.

The human heart has the most far-reaching electromagnetic field, whose waves can reach much further than our brain waves. Our heart connects first energetically when encountering another person. These simple acts signify how human body frequency can influence our mental and physical health.

How can frequency be life changing to us?

To make things happen how we want, we need to feel the frequency that we wish. For example, in difficult situations when our mind and body is in the low vibrational state, it is recommended to feel positive energy. In case you are sad or lonely, feel the joy. The law of attraction acts in this way, leading to the path of healing.

A frequency drop indicates a compromised immune system:

immune system

A healthy human body resonates at a frequency of 62-68 Hz during daytime, regardless of the mass and height to mass ratio. This has been determined by Bruce Taino of Taino technology (an independent branch of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington) in 1992 who created the first frequency monitor in the world.

According to his observation:

  • Frequency 58 Hz: Symptoms of cold and flu appear
  • Frequency 55 Hz: Candida infection takes place
  • Frequency 52 Hz: Epstein Bar
  • Frequency 42 Hz: Cancer

The machine’s observation was 100% accurate and is being used in agriculture at present.

Diet also affects our energy frequency:

It is also important to know how food habits affect human body frequency resonance. Ancient Greek concept states that the human body is connected spiritually to the world through energy which is gained primarily from foods. It is desired to raise our vibrational energy to remain better connected with our surroundings or in other words to maintain a harmonious existence.

Fresh foods directly pluck from trees are high-vibrational foods as they store high-levels of energy. That is the reason consumption of farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables are highly recommended. Processed foods and those available in eateries and restaurants have low vibrational energy which does not add any value to the nutrition.

Food preparing rituals in ancient Greece shows how they gave importance to high-vibrational foods. Singing and dancing during cooking were common to induce more energy to the food. They believed food cooked lovingly and peacefully added positive energy, which cannot be denied even today.

The energy content of foods:

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, the pioneer in electrical energy, observed the energy frequency of various foods as listed below:

Fresh Foods – 20-27 Hz

Fresh Herbs- 20-27 Hz

Dried Foods- 15-22 Hz

Dried Herbs- 15-22 Hz

Canned/Processed Food- 0 Hz

The frequencies of essential oils can start from 52Hz and stretch as high as 320 Hz, which is the frequency of Rose Oil. Substances with higher frequencies create an ambience where bacteria, fungi and other diseases are unable to survive.

Many low energy pollutants are also responsible for lowering healthy human body frequency resonance that manifests in illness and disorders.

Are you consuming high-energy foods?

A summary of the high-energy and low-energy foods is provided below:

High energy foods:

  • Fresh fruits & veggies, natural supplements
  • Herbal teas
  • Various herbs and spices
  • Pure water obtained by reverse osmosis
  • Olive oil and coconut oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Grains like brown rice, buck wheat, amaranth
  • Legumes
  • Fermented foods
  • Raw honey

Low energy foods:

  • White all-purpose flour
  • Sugars and artificial sweeteners
  • GMO foods and those treated with pesticides
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Meat, fish and poultry
  • Processed, canned, frozen and packaged foods
  • Margarine and vegetable oils
  • Foods that are deep-fried, overcooked and put into microwave

While eating, maintain a peaceful ambience, nurture positive thoughts and be thankful for the food. This will enhance the energy-vibration of foods and keep you healthy.

How human body frequency resonance help in healing?

Various energy imbalances in the body can be managed by rectification of electromagnetic fields through a mechanism known as biofeedback. Human body strives to maintain a steady energy balance under normal circumstances and can control various physiological functions to achieve a certain level of wellness.

Cybernetics, the science of communication and control between animals and machines, established in 1948, provided traction in biofeedback. For example, the responses of the body’s healthy tissue are predictable while that of unhealthy tissues are different. Inflamed, degenerative and traumatized tissues give abnormal readings to the machine.

The biofeedback machine in the cybernetic loop measures the frequencies sent by the body and gives necessary feedback for healing, pain relief, stress reduction and relaxation through electrical stimulation.

Biofeedback machines collect the frequencies of the body’s impulses and communicate them to the machine. Dr. Rife, the inventor of the Rife Machine, one of the first frequency generators believed that there is a specific frequency for every disease.

He also observed that specific frequencies can prevent disease while some can even destroy it, leading to a complete cure. Dr. Rife with his energy manipulation in this machine achieved astounding 100% success in curing patients of cancer.

Following are the types of Biofeedback therapy:

  • Thermal Biofeedback measures skin temperature.
  • Electromyography measures muscle tension.
  • Neuro Feedback measures brain activity.

Biofeedback machines give us a detailed insight of what is happening in our body measuring the involuntary responses. During the treatment, electrodes or sensors are attached to the patient’s body to collect the necessary signals.

Once it identifies stresses and imbalances, the machine scans the necessary information from a vast database of biofeedback therapies of patients through special programming that helps in providing relief to the patients.

Tapping the healing potential Meditation frequencies

Solfeggio frequencies setting the basic scale

Solfeggio frequencies

The concept of meditation frequencies has another deep-rooted history. Long ago, Gregorian monks chanted in specific sound wave scales known as the Solfeggio frequencies. They practiced these chants to enter into the meditative trance. Apart from promoting meditation, these frequencies had a measurable impact on human psychology and physiology. Research has also proved the healing potential of ancient frequency scales.

These chants are based on six original notes of different frequencies like 396 Hz, 417 Hz, 528Hz, 639 Hz, 741 Hz and 852 Hz each frequency having specific healing potential. Now, if you compare these notes with modern music, you will find these completely out of sync.

With the evolution of modern tuning applications, it faded into oblivion. Although not much is heard of Solfeggio frequencies in healing but the concept of modern sound meditation is almost alike. These are the basic sound wave scales.

Sound that can change your life

Why do you jump or react to hearing loud noise? This reaction is deeply coded in human genetics. A sudden sound can shatter your focus and attention pushing you to the flight-or-fight mode for the time being. Your sympathetic nervous system immediately releases norepinephrine shutting down the immune defense and ramping up the production of monocytes.

While monocytes are effective in fighting or inhibiting infection, it is pro-inflammatory in nature. Therefore, prolonged exposure to loud sound or disturbing noise means triggering inflammation, the root of ill health. Interaction of various sound waves in our body alters the normal frequency level. Sometimes you may feel good and sometimes worse.

The pleasant sound may help us feel good but can it heal?

Tuning fork in sound therapy

This may sound outlandish as it is a complex issue. Any sound wave hitting your eardrum creates waves in the fluid of your inner ear which is picked up auditory nerves and transmitted to the brain. This enables you to hear.

Therefore, sound detection is nothing but a physical effect arising from a physical cause. It shouldn’t seem weird that certain prolonged exposure to certain frequencies of vibration can impact your physical and mental state. Ample studies have confirmed this.

Wave frequencies are fundamental in our way of life. For better health, we need to understand the way we interact with frequencies, how we resonate with those frequencies. Our body resonates very well with two frequencies – 432 Hz and 444 Hz. These two work in harmonizing the energy interaction pattern of our body.

Non-auditory cells are affected by music:

auditory pathways

A 2013 study achieved a great breakthrough from the scientific view point. Previously, it was thought music evoked our emotions which would bring certain changes in our cellular structure. This study found non-auditory cells changed its fluid-pressure while exposed to sound waves.

Sound, being a mechanical wave perturbs any medium and water is a good conductor of sound. Considering water as the main component of our body and cellular fluids, there can be no reason why these will not be physically affected by sound waves.

Dissonant sound can cause cell death:

Another study in 2016 found the effect of sound waves in cell viability and cell motility of non-auditory cells by observing the cell growth and cell death. The most fascinating finding was ‘dissonant’ sound causes cell death while ‘resonate’ sound has a positive impact. 432 Hz is a resonate sound beneficial for our cells.

Vibration frequency can reduce stress

man under stress

A recent 2018 study from Japan studied the effect of sound waves on the endocrine system. It was concluded 528 Hz music has a strong stress-reducing effect in just 5 minutes of exposure.

Impact of different Solfeggio frequencies in healing

When we are inflicted by any illness, our body resonates at a lower frequency. Meditative frequencies can help in lifting our vibration energy at the cellular level.

  • 174 Hz – The lowest scale seems to be a natural anesthetic effective in reducing pain. You develop a sense of security and love and get motivated to give the best.
  • 285 Hz – Effective in healing wounds, injuries and any kind of tissue damage. This frequency is directly connected to your mind and body contributing to your overall wellbeing.
  • 396 Hz – Effective cleanser of your mind from the guilt that stands as a big obstacle to your achievement and realization of goals.
  • 417 Hz- Helps you resonate with self placing you on the right track. It wipes away past traumatic experiences and negative influences. It also re encourages your cell DNA to function in an optimal manner.
  • 528 Hz – Restores your DNA to its original state. This is followed by the awakened state of mind, clarity in thoughts, heightened energy creating the opening for spiritual awakening.
  • 639 Hz – Brings back the harmony in relationships by improving communication, understanding, love and tolerance.
  • 741 Hz – Detoxifies cells leading to a healthier life. It also detoxifies your cells from harmful electromagnetic radiation.
  • 852 Hz – Connects with our “Third Eye” or ‘Chakra’ and facilitates awakening of our inner self. Clears energy blockage, brings clarity in thoughts and communication.
  • 963 Hz – Awakens your system to the original state. Gives you the feeling of oneness.

Binaural beats:

Binaural beats

While talking of healing frequencies, we can’t miss out binaural beats which arise from two slightly-varying sound wave frequencies reaching our ears. If the right ear receives 132 Hz and the left ear receives 121 Hz, your brain gradually gets synchronized with the difference of 11 Hz. This difference of 11 Hz (or any number) is known as binaural beats. For a binaural beat to be effective, sound waves should be below 1000 Hz and the difference between two sound wave frequencies cannot be more than 30 Hz.

Binaural beats is known to facilitate meditation apart from imparting several health benefits. It is said that 1-30 Hz frequency generates similar brainwaves as one experience during meditation. Binaural and Solfeggio frequencies can work together provided the music is tuned to the Solfeggio scale complementing the intention of binaural beats.

Frequency pattern in binaural beats:

There are 5 frequency patterns:

  • Delta – Frequency range 0.5-4 Hz. Promotes deep sleep
  • Theta – Frequency range 4-7 Hz. Promote meditation, creativity and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.
  • Alpha – Frequency range 7-13 Hz. Promote relaxation.
  • Beta – Frequency 13-30 Hz. Promote concentration and alertness
  • Gamma – Frequency range 30-50 Hz. Maintains arousal in the awakening state.

Guide to use meditation frequencies

use meditation frequencies

Using healing frequencies (or tones) is as easy as listening to music. However, an easy guide can help you get started and reap its benefits.

  1. Select a calm and quiet place free from distraction. It may be at home or some outdoor serene spot.
  2. The place should be comfortable enough to sit or lie down. Yes, you can do this by lying down as well.
  3. Get a pair of quality stereophonic earphones (those with noise cancellation features are the best).
  4. Select a track to start. There is no sequential preference for Solfeggio frequencies or binaural beats. You can save those in your playlist and listen one after the other.
  5. Maintain a comfortable volume. Moderately low volume is recommended as it is intended for relaxation. Very high volume can impact your hearing.
  6. Listen to it in a relaxed manner. You can do it while working at your desk or during meditation. But avoid listening while driving or doing any activity that demands full attention.
  7. Maintain regularity. There is no specified duration for listening Solfeggio tunes or binaural beats but maintain a specified time. It may be 10, 15, 20 minutes to a few hours. It depends on you.
  8. Fix a time for meditating with Solfeggio frequencies. It can be early morning or at night before going to bed. Maintain the same timing. However, you can extend the duration as per your needs and convenience.
  9. A professional consultation will not be bad if you have some existing neurological problems.

Key Takeaway:

If you feel better listening to healing frequencies, continue to do so no matter whether it carries research-backed evidence or not. If you do not experience any effect, you may change your tune selection. Healing frequencies may not be supported by adequate evidence but that does not mean it should be disregarded totally.

Some research says performing chants reduces blood pressure and heart beat. Some scientists have also observed monastic chanters do not require 7-8 hours of sleep just 2 hours a day is enough for them.

Those not sure of how to use meditation frequencies for healing can seek guidance or use special apps. The Youtube is loaded with Solfeggio frequencies from which you can make your selection. Looking for something more? Check out some wellness retreats in your locality offering guided sessions of healing with Solfeggio frequencies or binaural beats.

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