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Sound Healing

Sound Healing is the use of sound to create balance and alignment in the body, the energy centers or "chakras" , and/or energy fields outside the body. The sound may be applied by an instrument or by the human voice. Sound Healing is a vibrational therapy and can be thought of as energy medicine.

While the use of sound and music for healing is ancient and can be found in many spiritual  traditions, "Sound Healing" is a relatively new modality in the Western Medicine paradigm,  and complementary healing arts. The current field of Sound Healing is enormous in its scope. Sound encompasses virtually all aspects of the auditory phenomenon--from music to nature sounds to electronic sounds to vocal sounds. Practitioners who use sound may likewise use anything that falls within this scope; from classical music to drumming and chanting to electronically synthesized sounds to acoustic instruments. The depth and variety of a "Sound Healing" may vary extensively, from a client listening to soothing music that relaxes their body and mind to a client lying on a specially designed bed that projects specific sounds into their body. Some "Sound Healing" sessions may include:  Cymatic Therapy, in which specific frequencies via an instrument are projected into a client's body in order to create physiological change; Tuning forks can be used for this type of sound healing.  CDs or Tapes,with specifically designed frequencies, either generically created or specifically created for an imbalance of a particular client.  Toning and Overtoning, in which a client may receive a vocal sound  created by a practitioner to balance and align imbalances on the physical, emotional or etheric bodies. Harmonic Resonance, in which a client will be tested using muscle kinesiology and receive frequencies from synthesized sounds in order to balance the physical body. Hemi-Sync, in which a client listens to synthesized sounds designed to balance the hemispheres of the brain and induce altered states of consciousness. Mozart's music was thought to organize the nervous system in such a way as described above.  Mantric Chanting, as used in Kundalini Yoga, in which a client will sound specific mantras designed to balance and align their etheric field.  Tuning Forks, in which a client will receive the frequencies from specially designed tuning forks for relaxation and balance, as well as stimulating meridians and generating physical energy where there is lack.

These categories are by no means inclusive of all the various possibilities inherent in the field of Sound Healing and are listed to give the reader some examples of the potential variation of treatments found in the field.

Often, a Sound Healing practitioner will make sounds to a client they are working on. Usually, the client is lying on a table during a session. These sounds made can be purely intuitive, coming through the practitioner as they allow themselves to become a conduit for sacred sound. Some practitioners claim to be able to sense or hear trauma that is trapped in the physical body. By repeating these sounds they feel that they are able to release the trauma. Some practitioners work with a technique called "Overtoning" . 1

 In our Clinic, tuning forks are used with specific frequencies to attempt to alleviate pain and improve well being.  Forks are chosen according to symptoms patients are presenting with, and also with emphasis on honoring the person's physiological and psychological state of mind.  There are three levels of tuning fork treatment, low frequency forks for deeper mind/body healing purposes, middle frequency forks for body/physical symptomology, and high frequency forks for reaching to the etheric aspects of the person.  Singing bowls are also used on specific acupuncture points or chakras to induce feelings of contentment and well-being. 

1. Reference - For more information on Sound Healing, go to Jonathan Goldman's website or contact his company at:  The Sound Healers Association (P.O. Box 2240, Boulder CO 80306, 303-443-8181) offers training seminars by Jonathan Goldman.