What is sound healing?
- Ancient Egyptians used "vocal toning" to create therapeutic vowel sounds with voice and breath.
- Aboriginal Australians have played the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for more than 40,000 years.
You may have encountered the use of Tibetan singing bowls during a yoga practice and felt a calming effect.
These are just a few of many forms of sound healing.
An ancient practice found in cultures worldwide, sound healing taps the power of vibrations to reach every part of our body. Sounds are not just heard by our ears, but felt through our entire being.
What does sound healing do?
Theories suggest that stressed out or diseased cells change frequencies, and develop discordant vibrations from the rest of the body. Sound healing may help cells operate in harmony once again.
Sound healing may consist of deep and resonant sounds or discordant buzzing that some may find more noisy than musical. So, sound healing is not always what modern ears consider “music,” but the vibrations and frequencies are related.
What are the “Solfeggio frequencies”?
A Benedictine monk, Guido D'Arezzo, introduced the Solfeggio Scale In the 11th century, also known as “Just Intonation." D'Arezzo's tones were mathematically related "by ratios of small whole numbers," giving a purer sound. Actual use of these specific sounds likely date back to ancient times.
Once the Twelve Tone Equal Temperament was developed, these sounds were more or less “lost” to the modern world. In the 1970s, however, Physician Joseph Puleo reintroduced the Solfeggio frequencies to the world.
The solfeggio frequencies are:
The 174 Hz - relief from tension and pain.
The 285 Hz - safety, energy, and survival
The 396 Hz - liberate from fear and guilt
The 417 Hz - facilitate change and undoing situations
The 528 Hz - create miracles and transformations like DNA repair
The 639 Hz - reconnect and enhance relationships
The 741 Hz - find solutions and self-express
The 852 Hz - return to a spiritual order
The 963 Hz - create room for oneness and unity.
The six main healing frequencies (bolded above) are 396, 417, 528, 639, 741, and 852. These frequencies are believed to help assuage physical pain and even assist in DNA repair.
How can I use sound healing in my day?
Many options exist for incorporating sound healing into your life. You could create an intentional healing ritual of listening to sound healing in the morning, during a period of rest, or in the evening.
It would be fine to scroll the list of various Solfeggio recommended Hz levels above and decide which are most apt for you at the moment, then seek them out on a platform such as YouTube or Spotify. Or you can listen to a sound healing podcast. You may want to listen for only 15 minutes at a time, or longer if it feels good to you.
Or you can contact a professional sound healer in your area or online who offers specific sound healing sessions. It’s easy to enjoy a soothing, resonant sound bath. The options are more common than you might realize!
Here at Almeda, we like to listen to various sound healing recordings at 741 Hz (find solutions and self-express) while doing tasks like blogging…
What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats are an auditory illusion created by playing two pure tones at different times.
You may want to pair a specific ailment with a binaural beats sound session.
You can get as specific as finding a relief frequency for nasal polyps. Try it for yourself. It can feel pretty amazing.
How else is sound being used in healing?
Interestingly, music therapy (which is not exactly synonymous, but could be considered a “cousin” to sound healing) is now being used in pre-operative, operating and recovery rooms to reduce need for sedatives and painkillers before, during and after invasive procedures. It has helped people restore lost speech after brain injury, reduce side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy during cancer treatments, reduce pain perception, and improve quality of life for those suffering dementia.
The modern evidence base regarding music and sound is catching up to what our wise ancestors knew all along. Sounds at certain frequencies have powerful healing vibrations.