The field of Sound Healing is based on the premise that everything is in a constant state of vibration, from the universe, to the Earth, to our bodies, and every cell within. Everything that vibrates creates a sound, though only a small range of sounds are audible to the human ear. Just like an instrument can get out of tune, or a car might need a “tune up”, we can be out of “sound mind” and aspects of our body may vibrate at a less than optimal frequency. This manifests in the form of dis-ease, whether physically, emotionally, spiritually, or energetically. Sound healing interventions are designed to bring the body and mind back into a state of equilibrium and optimal functioning, through a process called entrainment.
No musical training or background is required to practice sound healing, so it is accessible to all. Singing, humming, and chanting using one’s own voice do not require any additional equipment or expense, and tuning forks are also fairly affordable and easy to transport. An easy daily practice is to use tuning forks in the notes of C and G (or any Perfect Fifth interval). Strike them against one another or tap them on the heal of the hand or against knee caps, sole of the shoe, etc and then hold one at each ear until the tone fades away. They can also be switched from one side to the other. The nervous system is thought to reset itself upon hearing this interval, getting back into a state of homeostasis and promoting healing on many levels.
Coupling sound healing techniques with an intention is especially powerful. For instance, chanting a helpful affirmation to oneself while focusing on the words can quickly promote a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.