Sound Therapy Benefits Video TestimonialMay 16, 2018
It's happening all the time! We take this small marvel for granted..
One of my Reiki teachers – years ago – Ms. Susan B. Layne -- was really into the ear and I thought this was weird and silly.
Then, I researched the ears, sound and vibration – Whoa!
Here's a little piece:
As we all can figure out, sound waves make the eardrum vibrate. What we may not be so aware of is that, as it vibrates, the eardrum transfers sound waves to the jossicles, three bones that form a bridge across the middle ear. These bones are named with the Latin words for their shapes:
• the malleus, or hammer
• the incus, or anvil
• and the stapes, or stirrup.
Akin to the feat of moving a mountain, these tiny sound waves must move the middle ear bony structures to cause vibration. This vibration and movement causes the ossicles to transmit the sound waves efficiently to the inner ear.
The Cochlea is a snail-shaped structure that consists of bone on the outside and fluid-filled membranes on the inside.
This is the only part of our body that has this Geometry. The
Geometry of this shape is referred to as the Golden Mean Ratios, which is
defined as: 'The desirable middle ground between any two extremes.'
There are 10,000 to 15,000 hair cells in each ear. As sound waves travel through the liquid passageways, they send a ripple across rows of sensory hair cells lining the cochlea.
The Sound Waves cause a vibration, making the hair cells, of the cochlea move. Higher frequencies cause movement in the base of the cochlea and lower frequencies work at the apex.
As the hairlike prongs on the hair cells bend with the motion, a chemical signal is released around the auditory nerve (eighth cranial nerve), triggering an electrical firing of that nerve.
The vibrations are chemically metabolized into ‘endogenous opiates.’ These substances act on the body as internal painkillers and healing opiates.
With Sound Therapy, you are not just getting the benefits of this chemical release, but also Sonopuncture, the application of specific tuning forks to acupuncture points.
The practice of acupuncture provides access to the body’s physical and subtle energy system to promote balance and inner harmony.
While I provide service of a few modalities, I really appreciate Sound Therapy, especially the Alexander Method, as it is so comprehensive.
“Sound can actually change our immune system,” explains Dr. Gaynor. “Our Interleukin-1 level, which is an index of our immune system, goes up between 12 ½ and 15% after Gregorian chanting or listening to certain forms of music. And after listening to this music for 20 minutes, our immunoglobin levels in our blood are significantly increased.”
According to Dr. Gaynor, therapeutic sound affects our bodies on a cellular and sub-cellular level. “There is not an organ system in our body that is not affected by sound, music, and vibration,” he says. “Sound can help people who are sick, especially cancer patients.”