Can sound help you heal trauma?

Today, sound therapy is used in hospitals, schools, and psychological treatment programs as an effective treatment to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, alleviate pain, overcome learning disabilities, improve movement and balance, and promote endurance and strength. For thousands of years, from Pythagoras, Plato, and the hymns of the Vedas in India, and the Tibetan monks in the Himalayas, music has been used to heal.
What is sound healing therapy?

Sound healing therapy uses aspects of music to improve our physical and emotional health and well-being. The person being treated partakes in the experience with a trained sound healing practitioner.

Sound healing may involve:

  • listening to music
  • singing along to music
  • moving to the beat of the music
  • meditating
  • playing an instrument

There are different types of sound therapy, including vibrational sound therapy, which uses special sounds that produce vibrations thought to improve brain waves.

Sound is everything

Everything in the universe is sound, including our physical and emotional bodies and spiritual selves. We all have different qualities of energy flowing through and around us, and these energies are vibratory. Every part of us has its own vibration, a resonant frequency at which it most naturally wants to vibrate.

As we live our lives, our health is affected by our experiences, our environments and our relationships with family and friends. How we respond to these factors often cause us to become blocked in some part of our energetic system. This can lead to pain, inflammation, chronic disease or an emotional / mental issue. In sound healing terms this means that the blocked part of us is vibrating in an unhealthy way - at a vibration that is not ideal.

Trauma and sound

Trauma is part of life. Whether minor or major, we're all affected by it.

Our body keeps a physical memory of all of our experiences.

We have lots of memories stored in our brain that we can recount at any given moment. We can recall names, faces, where the event took place, what it smelled like. But over time, these memories fade or change as time passes and we mature. However, even when the memory begins to fade from our brain, it lives on in our body in the form of physical sensations and behavior patterns.

The body doesn’t forget.

The events of our lives leave physiological imprints in our bodies, especially when we experience trauma or situations of extreme stress that cause the body to fight, flee, or freeze in order to cope.

Due to social and modern day cultural conditioning we are ill equipped to release our trauma. Instead, we carry our stress, anxiety, and trauma around with us every day and use food, alcohol and other addictive behaviours to soothe ourselves and quiet the emotional discomfort.

It can be challenging to unblock and release trauma. Sometimes our bodies adapt in such a way that we can carry on with daily life, but don’t always realise the deep effect the trauma has had on us, and we just go on living in a way that’s not ideal.

Sound can be a powerful tool for becoming more aware of our bodies, minds, and emotions, and for unwinding contracted energies with vibration. It can also be a tool for grounding and resilience in the face of our daily life stresses.

Sound can encourage the release of an emotion associated with a trauma. As we practice this kind of awareness, we can begin to tune into the kinds of sound, vibration, and music that will help us heal. This can be incredibly empowering as we begin to activate our own ability to heal.

Singing bowl therapy

Singing bowl therapy dates back to the 12th century and has been used for meditation and rituals in Tibetan culture. Metal bowls produce a deep, penetrating sound that’s used to relax and repair the mind. A 2016 study found that singing bowl meditation reduced stress, anger, depression, and fatigue. This suggests that singing bowl therapy may be good for our physical, as well as emotional well-being.

Crystal singing bowls

Notes of the crystal bowls are tuned to specific frequencies found within the human body. When the sound moves through the atmosphere and touches us, it causes our cells to move in different directions at a different speed, in rhythm with the sound wave. This puts us in harmony with the sound wave. The sound penetrates into our very cells and rebalances them through oscillation and resonance. Alignment with the tones of the crystal bowls is one of the most dynamic forms of sound healing found today. Singing bowls have had a profound effect on my own personal recovery from trauma. 

 

Though evidence may be limited on some methods, sound healing has been found to be effective for stress reduction and relaxation and has been shown to offer many health benefits.

 

As my sound teacher Simone Vitale says - "Sound healing is becoming increasingly popular because it is one facet of a much bigger consciousness shift currently happening on this planet". There is little risk to listening to music and sound as a complimentary treatment for trauma release. Find the sounds that work for you. Find a therapist that you resonate with.

If you're curious to experience the effect of sound firsthand, why not go to the next sound healing concert in your area? 

Feel free to contact me for more information about sound healing sessions and group events.

In service always

Irma