THE SCIENCE OF SOUND
If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.
~ Dr. Mitchell Gaynor
Did you know that everything in the universe has a vibrational frequency and that all energy is sound?
We as humans are hard-wired with sound. Each particle of matter that makes us who we are is literally vibrating energy. Within our brains, all neurons fire at different frequencies based on the data they receive from the things around us. These frequencies of vibration or energy interact with every cell in our bodies.
Sound waves, or vibrations, created by certain instruments, like gongs, singing bowls, chimes, tuning forks or the voice can actually alter our brainwave frequencies. Vibration is measured in units of hertz (Hz), the same unit in which we measure sound—humans hear frequencies from 20 Hz up to 20,000 Hz, but that doesn't mean frequencies outside these limits don't affect us. When there are two vibrating entities next to each other, the stronger vibration will affect the weaker one; eventually, in what is called sympathetic resonance they will synchronize… That's basic physics.
Located within our ears is the vestibulocochlear nerve, which connects to the vagus nerve, the major parasympathetic nerve in the body. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for rest and digestion as well as reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and relaxing muscles. The vagus nerve helps control hormone release, blood glucose levels, inflammation, heart rate, and blood pressure. There's a little branch of the vagus nerve that goes right to the tympanic membrane or eardrum, which vibrates in response to sound waves. So, that means that every sound that we process through our ears sends that information to the vagus nerve.
One of the primary things sound healing accomplishes is to put our bodies into the parasympathetic state. When we are frightened or in danger we’re in the sympathetic, or fight or flight state, whether that's from stress or pain, our bodies surge with cortisol and inflammatory molecules. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t always discern the difference between a life and death moment and the everyday stresses of our fast-paced world. Staying in the sympathetic state too long can lead to ill health and disease.
Being in a relaxed, parasympathetic state affects us on an emotional and physiological level allowing our bodies to enter a state of equilibrium and self-healing. It increases antibody production for better immunity, helps decrease cortisol and inflammation which aids our bodies in decreasing high blood pressure. It also increases alpha, theta and sometimes delta waves so we can be more focused during the day and go into a deeper sleep at night where uninterrupted healing occurs.
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