Wellbeing

More powerful than therapy? How sound healing is transforming lives

You can try a gong bath, tuning fork or singing bowl

Whether you want to get the party started, put on a sad track to reminisce, or walk down the aisle to ‘our song’, music is the heartbeat of life.

Now, the power of music is being recognised for its healing powers too, with sound therapy proven to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Only this time, you won’t be rocking out to your favourite boyband or indie hero, but instead tapping into the vibrations of tools such as gongs, tuning forks, and singing bowls.

While they may sound more like kitchen utensils that healing instruments, here is what you can expect from each one…

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Gongs, also known as gong baths (as you are literally bathed in the sound of gongs), are a mindfulness meditation using gong sound waves to help people enjoy the present moment.

Tuning forks behave similarly in that they are said to restore balance in the body’s chakras, keeping the muscles, nervous system and organs in perfect harmony.

Meanwhile, singing bowls produce deep, rich sounds and vibrations when hit or circled with a mallet that are believed to induce relaxation.

There is much excitement from sound healing enthusiasts and scientists who believe that certain forms of this therapy can even trigger damaged human DNA strands to repair themselves.

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While it may seem like new-age wellness, sound healing is a tradition that dates back thousands of years to 4,000 B.C. when ancient Greeks used music to cure mental disorders.

The Aboriginal tribes of Australia are also known to have helped people with sound, believing it had healing properties to fix broken bones, muscles tears and other illnesses.

Notably, their infamous didgeridoo wind instrument produces low frequency sound that listeners can hear and feel through vibrations, which is said to accelerate healing by clearing the mind of emotional stagnation as well as help shift physical traumas in the body.

The reason for this profound effect is due to brain waves achieving high states of relaxation, which helps to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of the cells in our bodies.

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Neuroscientists say that even a simple rhythmic sound such as clapping can entrain the brain to the frequency of the rhythm that is needed to stabilise mood and state of mind.

The word ‘vibrations’ may sound a little out there, especially as we can’t see them, although sound alchemist Malbert Lee says it best when he explains why they can heal the body.

Malbert said: “The adult body is 75% water, and water is a great conductor for sound vibration. When vibrations travel through the body, they promote circulation, energy flow, and rejuvenation.”

He added: “The frequency of the sound synchronises with the brain waves and activates destress responses in the body.”

In addition to achieving a calmer mindset, the benefits of sound healing promise to lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improve sleep.

It is also known to have a remarkable impact on conditions such as autism and dementia.

See you on the other side, just off to have a gong bath.

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