What is sound therapy?
You might be used to getting a massage to relieve physical tension. You may regularly speak to a psychotherapist to alleviate your emotional stress. But what if there was a therapy available that could improve your health without leaving your home?
Sound therapy is a non-intrusive therapy that can relieve physical and emotional symptoms.
Here, we’ll take a look at what sound therapy is and how it could help you shape a happier and healthier future.
Where did sound therapy come from?
It isn’t easy to pin down the exact origins of sound therapy. Some say there’s evidence of sound therapies being used as far back as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
It seems like ancient civilisations commonly used sound therapy as a tool for prayer and meditation to create a sense of peace and calm. As time’s gone on, these sounds have evolved to become a way of supporting relaxation and wellbeing.
How has sound therapy evolved?
It wasn’t until 2000 that the idea of ‘sound therapy’ was introduced in the UK. There is now a range of practitioners committed to carrying out further research on the benefits of sound therapies.
Sound therapy has been the foundation for other ideas, including BioAcoustics. This approach varies slightly from pure sound or music therapy as the noises created don’t always follow melodic patterns. The sounds will often be delivered directly through headphones in a sound chamber. This differs from a more holistic approach such as a ‘sound bath’, for example.
BioAcoustics is probably best described as a blend of sound therapy and neurofeedback – the frequencies presented to a person will often instigate an emotional or even physical response.
How does sound therapy work?
It’s the belief of sound therapists that we each have our own energy frequencies. When these energy frequencies get out of balance, we can start feeling unwell. This might manifest itself in mental health difficulties or even physical aches and pains.
Sound therapy aims to use sounds and frequencies to restore balance within the body. Practitioners will often personalise treatment to the individual based on their specific issues. This allows them to find the right balance of frequencies to tackle the problem head-on.
What are the benefits of sound therapy?
While there’s still research to be done on sound therapy, there’s been a number of studies that would indicate sound therapy can be effective in treating a range of psychological and physical conditions.
Many users of sound therapy like that it’s a non-invasive treatment plan. Often, they can do it in their own time and space, somewhere they feel both calm and safe.
It’s also one of the least time-consuming therapy routes. Much like meditation, a little and often approach is usually the most effective, meaning patients find it easier to work into their day-to-day routine.
– Anxiety disorders
– Autism spectrum disorders
– People with learning difficulties
– Behavioural and psychiatric disorders
|– Sleep Disorders
– Aches and Pains
– Some Cancers
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