Exploring the Healing Power of Sound
There is beauty and power in sound. It has the ability to uplift us, to inspire us, to stir forgotten memories, and to create in us a vibrant sense of positivity. So it’s no surprise to find that sound can also play a valuable part in healing.
This year’s MURFEST will be host to a wide range of exciting wellness events, and we’re delighted to see that the fascinating world of sound healing will play a part in that. So how could sound stir you towards a happier, healthier life? That’s the right note to resonate in our exploration of the positive power of sound.
A shared culture of sound
People around the world have used sound for healing and spiritual purposes for millennia. That fundamental concept transcends culture, showing the elementary nature of sound and music to not only connect us but connect with us.
Ancient Greeks used musical therapy as a source of healing spiritual wounds, with some schools of thought committed to daily music healing rituals. Buddhist rituals have long used standing bells and bronze bells to provide deep, resonant sounds to enable meditation and support altered states of mind. Hindu traditions have long relied on dance, music, and sound as a spiritual connection which can aid in healing.
Australia’s indigenous aboriginal people used the soothing tones of the didgeridoo as a healing instrument for thousands of years. This practice of wellbeing was believed to resonate with the sounds and frequencies created by the instrument. This ancient practice found a breath of new life with a prize-winning 2006 study that showed how playing the didgeridoo can help tackle the serious medical condition of sleep apnoea. So how can we connect sound and healing in our modern world?
The positive impact of sound
How does the external generation of sound create such strong internal reactions? It all starts with the cochlea. The cochlea is a sensory organ that offers a link between the fundamental waves that make up sounds and the nerve impulses that stir our mind and body. It is the meeting ground where mechanical and neurological processes interact to inspire us through sound.
Studies about the positive impact of sound and music offer a fascinating insight into the way our bodies react to sound. A key 2011 study explored the melody of joy that music can inspire in us, showing how the powerful organic chemical dopamine can be released in our bodies thanks to the pleasure inspired by sound. Dopamine plays a fundamental role in managing emotions, motivation, and ability to concentrate. The absence of dopamine can cause low moods and mental health challenges, alongside being linked to neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Dopamine is just one element of how sound stirs us. Sound healing provides a deeply relaxing space for you to calm and heal. That not only enhances your wellbeing but may help build your own resilience against sickness.
Staying healthy with positive sound
A recent study by academics at the University of California explored the particular benefits of singing bowl therapy to a number of individuals. The results showed that participants undertaking this sound healing therapy reported significant reductions in tension, anger, fatigue, and depression. So why is that so important to our health?
The human form is a complex mix of physical form and emotional wellbeing. Studies have consistently indicated the fundamental link between negative emotions such as depression, fatigue, tension, and the severity of serious physical health conditions like heart disease, asthma, and even stomach problems.
The link between the human immune system and stress has long been a field of study. Evidence shows a clear link between stress and negative immune response. This connection not only provides a potential route to serious conditions such as heart disease but can directly link to problems with inflammation, as well as reducing our ability to fight off infection. That’s aside from the serious mental health challenges that sustained stress can create.
In our modern world of constant connectivity, 24/7 work lifestyles, and fast-paced adventure toning down your stress can be a challenge in itself. That’s another key area where sound therapy can help us heal.
Connecting you to sound therapy
There may still be much we don’t know about the interaction of sound and our body. Yet we only have to think back on our own reactions to the ringing of a doorbell, the soothing crash of the ocean against a beach, or the wind through the treetops, to realise the power of sound to move us.
Sound healing can play an important part in our physical and mental wellbeing. Healing isn’t about providing an instant cure to sickness, it’s about creating a positive environment to nurture that union between mind and body. So why not take it a step further with an escape into sound designed to support your own journey of healing?
Find out more about sound healing at MURFEST, or sign up to your healing session today.