Have you ever heard of a “sound therapy?”  If not, no worries at all because most people never have either. Plus I’ll admit it does sound a bit… shall we say… goofy?

And yet for hundreds, even thousands of years, sound has been used as a way to calm the mind, heal the body and awaken the spirit.  Unfortunately, your opportunities to partake in this type of sound therapy is normally reserved only for a wellness retreat that won’t show up through the mainstream media channels.

Okay but how can this sound therapy be done and what areas of your life might it help improve?

Let’s start off with some of the tools used to administer this soothing salve for the mind, body and spirit.

Types of Sound Therapy

Over the years, all methods of sound have been used to provide a therapeutic effect on those within it’s range. The Hindis did it through mantras. Medicine melodies or Icaros were practiced by many tribes in South and Central America.

While still others used drums, tuning forks and even Himalayan singing bowls. Pretty wild huh?

No matter the method, the goal is to restore a person back to a state of harmonious balance rather than feeling scattered and lost.  In fact, when you think of a choir singing in perfect harmony, what does that represent?

Synchronicity and Balance.

Now then, how does this therapy of sound achieve these healing results?

Entrainment: The Rhythm Of The Mind

When we engage in any form of sound healing (say a drum circle you experience at a wellness retreat in the Blue Mountains.) the frequency and rhythm of the sounds allows our brains to tune back into balance.

Once this effect has been achieved, you are able to drop yourself further down through a variety of mental states.  Starting with your standard, everyday beta state, then alpha and eventually moving all the way down into theta… a true meditative flow.

The easiest way to grasp this core principle of entrainment is to view it as how you would use standard meditation practices to transition your mindset.  The only difference is that this relies on sound, music and frequency.

How Can It Benefit You?

Now that you’ve learned a bit of the history behind sound therapy and the tools and methods used to achieve it… let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  What can it do for you?

This is a but a short list of what sound therapy can provide one willing to give it a try.

Sleep disorders
Stress management
Pain management

Now here’s a very important thought to consider in this moment.  With all of those symptoms above, how many of them are regularly treated with toxic and harmful prescription drugs?

Every single one.

Now wouldn’t it at the very least be worth your time to attempt even one sound therapy session and see if it could achieve the same relief as your prescriptions?

As was stated in the beginning of this article, sound therapy has been a vital healing component for cultures worldwide for thousands of years.  Is there a chance they all know something your local pharmacist doesn’t?

At the very least, sound therapy could be an extremely useful supplement to aid in eliminating your levels of stress, anxiety and pain.

Treat yourself to living by the beat of a different drummer.