Just as aromatherapy uses different aromas to stimulate various nerve centers in the body, sound healing uses sounds for the same purpose. Sound is a practicable medium to address distress and enhance learning.
It has been used from ancient times to create certain moods in the listener. Music affects us both emotionally and physically. Different sounds have different effects in people. In Indian classical music, there are specific raagas that are attuned to different times of the day or different seasons to harmonize the listener with the rhythms of nature.
Listening to the right sounds can align you with the vibrations that foster health, unity, and happiness. If you have a disharmony in a particular part of your body, you can chant or make the specific sound associated with that part of the body and rectify the imbalance or disharmony.
Here are some super effective techniques to heal yourself using sounds in different ways.
Chanting has been an integral part of many cultures for thousands of years to elevate the spirit and activate certain nerve centers within the body. A chant has no religion, as they’re ultimately sounds, and can be chanted by anyone for self-healing and self-improvement.
A simple repetitive chant can alter our mood and makes physical activity more pleasurable leading to improved health outcomes of weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cardiovascular risk factor management, and improved quality of life. When you chant, you raise the vibration of the whole physiology.
How To Chant OM (AUM)
- Sit comfortably in a quiet and well-aired room.
- Inhale deeply and as you exhale, chant the sound AUM. The vibration of the sound “Aaa” is felt in your belly, “Uuu” in your chest area, and “Mmm” in your head.
- When you run out of breath, inhale and repeat the chant.
- Do it at your own pace for at least 2-3 minutes.
Mantras can be extremely
Certain mantras restore health or bring wealth or eradicate problems – in short, there’s a mantra for almost everything you can imagine. In India, mantras are often associated with a particular deity and chanting the mantra activates the energies attributed to that deity.
3. Naada (Sound) Yoga
In the Vedic tradition, sound vibration is known as naada. In the practice of naada yoga, sound is used to restore physical and mental well-being and as a path to spiritual awakening. External sounds are perceived through the ears and naada yoga is as simple as listening to non-vocal music while gently focusing on the individual notes.
Chanting sacred mantras such as OM or AUM with the
How To Do The Hummingbee Breath
- Sit comfortably with your spine erect and eyes closed.
- Close your ears with either your index or middle fingers.
- Lightly press your lips together and slightly open your teeth.
- Bring the inner gaze into the aajna chakra (between the eyebrows).
- Inhale deeply and then as you exhale, make a smooth, even, humming sound, like the sound of a bumblebee.
- Continue for 3-5 minutes and feel the vibration resonate throughout the body.
4. Bells, Gongs, And Bowls
Bells, gongs, or bowls that have a clear ring when struck are used in many cultures for balancing and clearing energy. Unless these metal bells, gongs, or bowls are tuned to a specific
How To Use Bells, Gongs, And Bowls
- To clear the body’s energetic field, strike the instrument and circle it clockwise around the body, move it up and down the limbs, and upwards along the front of the spine.
- To clear a room or home, play the instrument while standing in the center of the room or move around the edges of the room in a clockwise direction while striking or ringing the instrument.
5. Musical Instruments
Each energy center or nerve center (chakra) is associated with a particular sound. These sounds can be made from the mouth or even through an instrument. And all the sounds within the body can be reproduced with a wind, percussion or a string instrument. Here
- Base Chakra or Root Chakra – Percussion instruments (mridangam, tabala, drums) like those in Indian classical music, are considered the voice of the soul.
- Seat of the Soul Chakra – Woodwind instruments (flute, bansuri) call the soul to the soulful energy.
- Solar Plexus Chakra – The pipe organ affects the desires of the soul and helps us listen to our inner voice.
- Heart Chakra – The harp can personify our heart’s connection to the universe.
- Throat Chakra – Brass instruments represent our attunement with the universe and our choice of words or need for expression.
- Third Eye Chakra – Piano personifies our vision and our connection to spirituality.
- Crown Chakra – String instruments represent enlightenment and help with intuitive listening and talks with the soul.