The Power of Sound Healing
You know that feeling when one of your all-time favorite songs or musical pieces comes on the radio? That feeling of relaxation, or happiness, or sadness, or any other of the myriad of emotions we humans feel. We experience these because like everything else we, too, have a vibrational frequency and sound frequencies impact how we feel.
Sound healing, which is an ancient healing technique that uses tonal frequencies to bring the body into a state of vibrational balance and harmony. Sound affects the body’s autonomic nervous system that controls our automatic bodily functions such as heartbeat, respiration, and digestion. It can also decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and improve how our immune system functions.
According to Florence Giacalone, certified Sound Healer, sound healing interacts with the water in our bodies. The sound vibrations travel through the body’s water inviting energy to circulate. The sound frequencies then slow down brain waves to a deeply restoraive state, which activates the body's system of self healing.
In her practice, Florence uses a variety of instruments--singing bowls, rain sticks, chimes, tuning forks, and more--to calm the mind and relax the body. During a sound healing session, also known as a sound bath, you'll typically lie down on the floor or a yoga mat, perhaps cuddled up with a cozy blanket and supported by yoga props, and simply listen as a practitioner plays a variety of instruments and you "bathe" in the soothing sounds and vibrations.
5 Benefits of Sound Healing
1. Deep Relaxation
Possibly the most significant and universal benefits of sound healing is its ability to produce an experience where participants’ bodies and minds release tension and stress.
2. It boosts your health
Benefits include improved sleep, improved mood and wellbeing, improved immune system and reduction of the stress hormone cortisol and many more.
3. It helps clear energetic block
Almost like an energetic deep tissue massage, sound vibrations open, clear, and balance the chakras and release stuck energy.
4. Reduce chronic pain
One study found that sound stimulates touch fibers that affect pain perception.
5. Improve sleep
The instruments used in sound healing can allow the brain to move into Delta waves that occur in deep sleep and meditation. When the brain spends time in this state, healing occurs.
You can experience the powerful benefits of sound healing for yourself this weekend at Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness. Florence will be leading a Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing session this Saturday, November 6th from 4-5:30 pm. Cost is $30 per participant.