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The future of medicine? Is sound and music...

According to American clairvoyant Edgar Cayce.

But even if you don't believe in the woo-woo side of sound healing, there is a lot of scientific proof in the positive effects that sound can have on the body.

Growing up, I wanted to be a singer, and was constantly singing to myself or listening to music. And I still do, music is in my blood.

I tried my hand at piano, but I didn't hold my hands properly; plus having an ear for music is not a substitute for reading music. I still play by ear.

So I went onto playing drums - from one extreme to the other - and although I am very uncoordinated, drums felt more natural for me.

But I always longed for other ways to make beautiful sounds.

Just before I started my course as a yoga teacher, I was a volunteer for Susan Kinsey's sound therapy training and I fell in love with the experience and the theory of sound for healing.

There is a lot more than the woo-woo, although that side makes me happy too. And if you just like how sound baths make you feel, then that's brilliant.

For those who prefer to know the facts:

Here's what I've learnt from the amazing Holly Husler who I did my training with, and from what I have since researched:

Ancient civilisations used sound (music, sound and voice) to heal emotional, mental, spiritual and physical pain. And in fact, even the mathematician, Pythagoras, used sound or “soul-adjustments”, as he called them, as a form of healing the body, the emotions and the soul.

The ancient Egyptians used sound and toning to heal people, the Aborigines use the didgeridoo for healing, the ancient Greeks used sound for mental disorders, and music and sound have been used in various religions around the world - chanting, singing bowls, choral music etc.

Mirage News explains it as "sound is an essential part of our daily existence and experiences. It's more than just the songs we listen to or the noises we hear; it's a form of energy that travels in waves and can directly impact our bodies.

At the physical level, sound waves can produce vibrations that travel through mediums such as air, water, and even body tissues. This notion is the foundation of sound healing."

And I particularly like Peter Guy Manners, M.D., a British osteopath and sound therapy pioneer's analogy of stress in the body being similar to an out of sync orchestra. You can read about it here.

There is also a great Tedx Talk with Dr Lee Bartel: Sound At A Cellular Level

In a nutshell (TL:DR), science shows us that everything is energy. The energy in your body is the same energy as in the buildings that surround us, and the nature that surrounds them. And everything in our universe has a vibrational energy.

Our bodies, when they are stressed or diseased, 'untune' themselves. And that's where the sound bowls or sound healing comes in.

What are the benefits of sound healing?

The bowls help to assist us into a state of deep relaxation and balance. Encouraging the brain to move into a state of theta and delta brainwaves - daydreaming or deep sleep. Calming our nervous system.

In these 'dream' states, our bodies release happy hormones, and many well-known big-thinkers use these brain wave states to form and develop ideas.

And the best aspect, is that the sound healing encourage the body back into a place of harmony and balance using vibrational energy.

And this is only the tip of the iceberg...

If you have any questions, I'd love to hear them.

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