Good Vibrations: Finding Balance and Wholeness with Vibrational Therapy
Workplace wellness has come under the spotlight in the last few years. Now, a vast number of people are looking beyond the traditional methods of coping with stress and embracing other ways of relaxing, unwinding, and recovering from intense pressure.
Vibrational therapy is one of the most promising yet underutilised forms of therapy in the modern age. Science has proven that listening to music alone has many impressive benefits. From shifting our states of mind and our minds to providing relaxation and balance when we need it.
These benefits amplify when we experience sound throughout our entire bodies in the form of vibro-acoustic therapy.
Sound positively affects virtually every level of the human body’s functioning, shifting our brainwaves, calming our nervous systems and bringing healthy flows of energy throughout our bodily systems. It also plays a role in regulating our emotional responses and promoting a general sense of connection to ourselves and the people around us. In a stressful startup environment or growing business, this is all-important as a clear head and communication is crucial.
In many ways, the benefits of vibrational therapy are the same as mindful meditation.
Addressing the Mind, Body and Emotional State
For thousands of years, sound has been used with great success in healing and wellness. Currently, the medical, scientific and metaphysical faculties agree specific frequencies can remedy disease and restore balance and harmony to physical and cognitive systems.
Sound, and vibro-acoustic sound in particular, can address and impact four key aspects of human health. They are our mental, emotional, physical, and energetic health.
Here are some of the many benefits of vibro-acoustic therapy to consider when seeking new ways to find balance in your professional and personal life.
How Vibrational Sound Therapy Works
Sound therapy uses specific vibrations that complement the human body’s inherent state of wholeness and wellbeing.
Optimal therapeutic sound can create entrainment or coupled oscillation towards balance and harmony, in which vibrating bodies synchronise with each other according to the laws of physics. When frequencies match one another, it’s referred to as resonance. However, when a vibration with a more powerful resonance influences another vibration in its field, it produces entrainment—a crucial element of sound therapy.
It’s important to note that our bodies consist of more than 70% water. Sound vibrations can travel through water five times more efficiently and quickly than they can through air or bone. Sound frequencies stimulate the tissues of the body in a direct way, working at a cellular level.
Furthermore, therapeutic vibration treatments restore a state of balance in the body, which stimulates neuropeptides and neurotransmitters. These molecules regulate our immune systems, helping us to ward off pathogens and disease and optimise our own innate ability to heal.
The Physical Health Benefits of Vibrational Therapy
At the physical level of the human body’s functions, sound waves stimulate or regulate cellular metabolism, send cellular messages, and prompt reductions in the amount of health-impacting waste we store. Essentially, sound has much the same effect as a coenzyme, as it promotes regulation and chemical reactions.
Sound is much more than what our senses perceive it to be. It’s actually a series of mechanical waves that carry information not only to our ears, but to our cells, instructing them to operate in specific ways. Vibrational therapy uses highly stable sound waves and low-frequency vibrations. These are applied through the use of a ‘Sound Lounge’ to create nervous system and cellular coherence.
The laws of physics state that stronger vibrations will always entrain weaker vibrations. This means that when someone with depression, anxiety, mental health disorders or chronic pain experience states of ongoing stress, their nervous systems fire at a sporadic and unpredictable frequency. Vibro-acoustic therapy provides stable waves of vibration throughout the body, entraining the nervous system into a more stable and consistent path of functioning. This leaves patients feeling connected, stable, grounded, relaxed and safe.
There are many studies proving the efficacy of vibrational therapy. But few are as compelling as a study conducted on patients with fibromyalgia. The participants underwent a 5 week trial, with 2 sessions of vibrational therapy per week. Once the trial was complete, 73.68% of the patients reported reducing their doses of medication. A further 26.32% discontinued their pain medication altogether. The group’s median scores for mood, pain, insomnia and daily activities also improved by as much as 65%.
Synchronising Your Brain Waves
Synchronised brain waves have been associated with meditative and hypnogogic states for decades now. Sound therapy in the form of binaural beats induces and improves these balanced states of consciousness. The reasons behind this phenomenon are primarily physiological. Each of our ears is ‘wired’ to both hemispheres of the brain. Each hemisphere has its own sound processing centre called the olivary nucleus.
These nuclei receive signals from both ears in the form of sound waves. When a binaural beat is played, it transmits two standing waves of equal amplitude and frequency. One to each hemisphere of the brain. This essentially means that there are two separate standing waves entraining parts of each hemisphere to a unified frequency.
Sound therapy appears to synchronise the activity of both sides of the brain—which is evident in hypnagogic and meditative states of consciousness. It also enhances brain function by increasing cross-callosal communication between the right and left sides of the brain.
DIY Vibrational Therapy
There are many certified vibrational therapists who can provide structured therapy sessions to restore balance to your body and your mind. However, it’s possible to conduct a basic version of vibro-acoustic therapy at work or at home using earphones and binaural beats.
When you listen to speakers with a different frequency in each one, the waves will compete with each other to create the fluctuations heard in binaural frequencies. When you wear headphones, the sound waves never meet one another as your brain is in the way. Your brain will, therefore, generate a third frequency on its own to compensate.
As the frequency from your left ear goes to the right side of your brain and vice versa, the third frequency connects both hemispheres of the brain, lighting up the corpus callosum. This connection allows you to function at your highest potential.
Vibrational therapy is a promising treatment for a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional issues. It uses specifically chosen sound waves to stimulate your brain, nervous system and immune system to create full-body balance and lasting resonance.