Sound is the original medium of healing – it has been utilized by every culture on every continent for many thousands of years. From the bells and gongs and bowls of Tibetan and Nepalese cultures, to the didgeridoo of the Australian Aborigines, to the drum and rattle of the Native Americans, sound has been used, and continues to be used to bring people from distressed states to relaxed, aware presence.
Part of the reason for sound’s effectiveness comes from the fact that we don’t just perceive sound through our ears, but rather through our entire bodies: our skin, our bones, and all the water in us conduct sound waves. We even have little antennas on every cell membrane that vibrate like tuning forks in response to the vibrational information in our environments.
Sound can be destructive to our wellbeing, as many of the stressors in our lives come from noise: in our homes and work places, in our environment, in our own heads. And sound can be constructive to our well-being, when applied consciously and intentionally. Therapeutically applied sound has the potential to soothe the nervous system, quiet and focus the mind, settle emotions, relieve pain, and more. The body responds to sound.