“Music is one of the longest-standing self-prescribed therapy in history.” Erin Seibert (Music therapist).
Since ancient Greece, music has been considered an accessory for therapy, used to cure mental disorders and to boost immune function. Over time, music as a therapy is increasingly used as a magic key to healing wounds, helping with cognitive rehabilitation, and promoting well-being involving perception and cognition. Can be considered the language of the spirit, mind, and body.
HEALING MUSIC – WHAT IT IS?
Healing music, also known as music therapy, is a wide musical spectrum of possibilities created by certified music therapists, master percussionists, and shamans, with a strategic purpose to help people and to heal them: to foster emotional expression and to create an emotional balance, to influence thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors.
This music is the most potent form of sound, related to emotional health and self-awareness, and to the engagement of your brain’s reward system, releasing dopamine “a feel good” neurotransmitter.
“It infiltrates your heart and frees your soul from the dungeon of your mind.”
It can slow down and relax your mind to recover faster when you experience stress, anxiety, depression, or pain, and improve your sleep. Energize the body and make you more productive, and can boost your psychological arousal and well-being increasing the intuition, memory, and learning process.
HOW IT WORKS?
Healing music works its magic with the power of sound, a potent emotional driver and natural pain killer, to heal, transform and inspire, using a combination of knowledge and a variety of therapy techniques, which can involve: listening to the voice or music, to sing along the music, to move on the rhythm of the music, to meditate, to remain still and quiet, or to play an instrument.
The music and its many facets (physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual) can be accompanied by voice, various percussion, hand, and wind instruments: singing bowls, tuning forks, bells, gongs, drums, pan flute, and bamboo flute, handpan, guitar, piano, harp, using depending on the intended purpose of healing, low sounds to relax and enter in a state of inner peace, or high sounds to energize and vitalize.
MUSICAL HEALING TECHNIQUES AND HOW THEY WORK
Without stepping into the medical field, I will present to you a few techniques that I use personally and in my profession, and it may be in hand for you to use as well, and to discover the real benefits and power of healing music.
It is the best start to consciously activate attention and intention and to induce a stage of peace and relaxation, and less anxiety and stress. Is a pleasant technique, a form of sound healing, easily perceived by beginners, following the fluency of the voice and the instruction in the session. Thus being able to enjoy the countless beneficial effects, which follow the line of the proposed goal: to reduce stress and pain, to improve memory, to decrease anxiety and depression, to combat insomnia, etc.
HEALING WITH SINGING BOWLS AND BELLS
In addition to the sound of the human voice, nonvocal vibrations bring strong attention during a meditation session, transforming the unique vibration into a chorus of harmonies. Singing bowls emit pure vibrations that have a great power of alignment and energy rebalancing, as they touch every cell in the body. When the human body repeatedly encounters these pure vibrations, spread to every cell, the phenomenon of their alignment takes place.
The vibrations can continue to spread in the body for several days, providing an aura-healing massage, perceived like waves. The best known are the bowls from Tibet, and Nepal, or crystal bowls. Tibet and Nepal bowls are made of a combination of copper, tin, zinc, iron, gold, or silver. When these bowls are touched, waves of pure healing vibrations are created, which transmit sounds to the air and water from our body, giving it a sonic massage. The power of these alloys lies in the fact that each vibrates at a different speed, that spreads in the human body producing the stage of relaxation and vitalization.
The crystal bowl is made of quartz crystal, whose shape and consistency allow the vibration to have an endless echo and the physical properties of quartz amplify, channel, and transform energy. Depending on its size and design, the bowl produces the desired vibration (sound or certain musical notes) which corresponds to a certain energy center in the body.
Bells are used to synchronize the body frequency, and their vibration help in the treatment of mental imbalance (stress disorder, insomnia, depression, anxiety).
MEDITATION WITH MANTRAS
The mantra is considered the vehicle of your mind (Sanskrit: “man”- mind and “tra”- vehicle), a tool that you use to transport your mind from a state of activity to one of peace and quiet at a much deeper level. Depending on the mantra used, it can have different purposes: healing, spiritual, material, mystical, or devotional.
Mantras are based on the 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet and can consist of a single letter, a syllable or more, a word, or a sentence. But the true value of mantra is not given by the meaning, whatever it may be, but by the vibration they have, most of them being sounds or syllables, which do not necessarily have a meaning.
These can be said aloud or in your mind. When a mantra is uttered aloud, its purpose is to concentrate, intensify, and expand consciousness. A whispered mantra is a thousand times more beneficial than one said aloud, and a mantra repeated in the mind is a thousand times more powerful than a whispered one.
Repeating the mantra brings the body into a state of deep peace, and its power lies in truly detaching from the thoughts in your mind, the sounds in the environment, and the physical sensations in the body. You breathe more slowly, you feel easier, the past and the speculation about the future disappear, and you transform from a person who breathes into a silent witness and a unitary being, living the peace, supreme happiness where your Self is unconditional and pure.
Modern science confirms that certain sound waves can create different types of brainwaves. So, when a vibration is produced, your brain perceives it and reacts by adapting to it. Brainwave is the process of using repetitive sounds or music in order to get the brain to “sync up” or entrain. Your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors create a brainwave frequency signature. You can control these brainwaves through sound and music creating any state of mind you want. This is the reason why people love music. Imagine the great feeling to improve yourself, your health, wealth, and abundance easily and effortlessly.
Depending on the frequency used, binaural sounds can produce different states of perception, can induce relaxation and sleepiness; enhance focus, concentration, and creativity, or suppress the pain. Powerful soundwaves clear negative thought patterns from the deepest level of your subconscious mind.
Five sound waves depending on the frequency of each, induce the brain into different states:
Beta Waves: 13-30 Hz is high and prominent when a person is alert, and its characteristic is the busy, restless mind and active concentration. It is used to access the state of focused attention when you work on tasks, while the programming happens at a background level.
Alpha Waves: 8-13 Hz induce a relaxed state of wakefulness. When activity is reduced, the rhythm of your brainwaves slows down, and you enter a deep state of mental and physical relaxation and emotional openness.
Theta Waves: 4-8 Hz in the rhythm of the theta waves the feeling of openness turns into a state of Universal awareness, which occurs just before falling asleep and right when you start to wake up. This state is excellent for learning, intuition, and imagination.
Delta Waves: 0-4 Hz are low-frequency waves that occur at the deepest meditative state of mind, and cause deep unconscious sleep and relaxation to allow clearing emotional intelligence. These waves are promoting healing and regeneration.
Gamma Waves: 80-100 Hz represents the Universal knowledge in which the brain is in a state of maximum and fully conscious receptivity, but in which you are disconnected from its activity. In this state, you are less yourself, and more the higher Self.
It is a therapy in which, instead of using needles in specific energy meridians of the body, are used calibrated tuning forks, to apply specific vibrations in different points of stimulation. Through this therapy, the vibration of tuning forks can heal organs, touch tissues and cells, release tension and energy, relieve muscle and bone pain, and treat emotional illness by bringing emotional balance.
It is an ancient technique of healing and way of life, to help to awaken and expand consciousness. The shamanic magical ceremonies use sound frequency, a vibration that enters an altered state of consciousness, and the body and spirit respond to self-healing in front of the physical illness. Their music composed of maracas, drums, wind instruments, and prayers can reach high levels of awareness, creating internal and external harmony with creation.
BONNY METHOD OF GUIDED IMAGERY AND MUSIC (GIM)
It was developed by a music therapist and researcher in the USA, on her name Helen Bonny. Her technique is a classical music and imagery approach to stimulate the journey of the imagination, to explore inner experiences, consciousness, and transformation. This technique is used to improve psychological and physiological health.
“It is for souls and hearts to dance & sing.”
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
No matter what life will throw at you, music will always soften the blow, so let it in your life, as a subconscious trigger, to improve your emotional, spiritual, physical, and social health, and to enhance your mental well-being, for a better quality of life.
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