The use of sound in healing has received a lot of buzz in recent decades, but it’s not a new science. The Egyptians used sound for spiritual and healing purposes as early as 4000 B.C.; and the Germans introduced the first technological sound healing devices in 1928 when scientist Erwin Schliephake invented the Novasonic, which is still being used today.
Ultrasounds now routinely check on the status of unborn babies or break up kidney stones; and sound has a major role in many holistic approaches to healing drug and alcohol addictions.
The Interaction of Resonance and the Body
All organs and body systems naturally vibrate. The frequency by which this occurs is called resonance. Prime resonance frequency, commonly known as PRF, is the point at which each organ or system absorbs outside energy most easily. Your heart has a different PRF than your liver, skin or even your brain – each vibrates at its own level.
The absorption that takes place at PRF is key to healing through sound, creating an interaction between outside stimuli and the body. The healing process introduces outside stimuli in the form of positive, harmonic vibrations. These vibrations are said to “re-harmonize” cells, particularly those that have been damaged or altered by toxic substances and pathogens. Certain sounds can effectively restore it to a healthy condition when it begins vibrating at the same frequency as the external sound. The most ancient forms of sound therapy used gongs, tuning forks, and singing bowls, all of which are still widely used today.
The Effect of Sound Therapy
Research has shown that the application of sound has significant healing properties. It affects recovery from addiction in a number of ways:
- It prompts a natural healing process, urging the body to repair itself.
- It triggers the release of endorphins – the brain’s “feel good” chemicals.
- It tempers stress hormones.
- It lessens feelings of anxiety and depression.
- It prompts relaxation and counteracts insomnia.
None of these advantages will cure addiction by itself, but used in conjunction with other addiction treatment programs and holistic approaches – those that treat the mind, body and spirit as one entity – sound healing may be just the edge you need for long-term success. If it’s something you think you’d like to explore, look for a credentialed and experienced sound therapist, ideally one associated with a reputable treatment facility.