What is Sound Healing Meditation


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Many studies reveal that sound is one of the powerful tools to reduce stress, anxiety and pain. It improves the physical and emotional wellbeing. With the help of a trained practitioner one can take lessons in learning to use sounds to heal in the form of meditation. There are different techniques and instruments used and choose the one that fits your needs.

What are the Instruments Used in Sound Healing Meditation 

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The below are some of the instruments used in sound healing along with human voice.

singing bowls

tuning forks

pan flute

harp

drums

Some methods use a mix of different instruments in a single session, like a piano, guitar or other instrument.

What is the Theory Behind the Sound Healing 

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Our brain has repetitive frequencies or brainwaves as electrical activity and it can be measured using device called electroencephalogram (EEG).

There are 4 categories of brainwaves, that range from frequencies that occur during the most active state (beta) to the least active state (delta). Different levels of alertness and consciousness in different parts of the brain produce different frequencies of brainwaves. 

Beta waves

These are the fastest type of wave in the brain and occur when the brain is most active and engaged.  

Alpha waves

These occur when the brain is in a non working state,when a person has finished a task and is at rest or during meditation.

Theta brainwaves 

These are associated with daydreaming and (REM) rapid eye movement phase of sleep. Theta brain waves occur when driving on the highways or while running for a long time. This state is usually associated with times when creativity and ideas flow.

Delta brainwaves 

These are the slowest waves that are linked with deep dreamless sleep.

The premise of brain and music theory is that the brain synchronizes its wave frequency to the difference in hertz according to the tones played in each ear. This can lead one to a state of deep relaxation linked with beta waves or meditative trance-like feel of theta waves. 

How Does Sound Healing Benefit Us

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This theory works as sound moves through the vibrational effects on the whole body. Sound stimulates the touch fibers that affect pain perception

Sound healing meditation therapy is used to treat a number of conditions, like

  • anxiety disorders
  • depression
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • dementia
  • autism spectrum disorder and learning difficulties
  • behavioral and psychiatric disorders
  • cancer

Some of the proven benefits of sound healing meditation therapy include

  • lowers stress
  • decreases mood swings
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • teaches pain management
  • lowers risk for coronary artery disease and stroke
  • improves sleep

Conclusion 

Though evidence may not fully prove the effectiveness of alternative treatment methods, sound healing meditation has been known to be very effective for relaxation.There is little risk involved in listening to different soothing sounds that heal. Find the sounds that work the best for you.

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