When I tell people I'm an acupuncturist, they usually say "Oh!" When I say I'm a sound healer, they look at me and ask "Sound healer? What's that?"
I'll try to keep this short and simple.....
Think about how you feel when you listen to music you really love. Now think about how you feel when you hear screeching brakes. It's different, isn't it?
Now let's take that a step further....whatever you're feeling on an emotional level is also happening in your brain. What I mean by that is that your brain - when you're happy - will be spitting out happy chemicals. And when you're unhappy, it will spit out unhappy chemicals.... The happy ones are the ones that help keep your body healthy - your immune system functioning, your brain active, your hormones in balance, your attitude positive. The unhappy chemicals will make you age faster - your immune system will slow down, your mind will tend to head towards the dark places, your thyroid and other glands will be more sluggish.
Using a variety of sounds - both the external kind (i.e., the ones I can make), plus the internal ones (the ones my client makes), we can "tune up" the body. We can relieve stress....reducing the hormones of stress - all of which tend to increase inflammation in the body.
Sound bypasses all of our filters. Unless we walk around wearing earplugs, there's no way we can avoid sound. But we can work towards shaping our sonic landscape, making it more conducive to peace and harmony. By doing this, we can affect our brain chemistry....creating a more harmonious internal landscape.
And just to throw in a little geeky science here......music can help patients with dementia, improves focus and memory, can lower blood pressure and improve sleep, decrease depression, and help with chronic pain conditions......to name only a few things.
And it's that last thing that I've been focusing on recently, because of all the news regarding opioids. Patients are finding it harder and harder to get their full prescriptions filled. Insurance companies are cutting back on the name brands they will cover and are limiting their coverage to generics.
I want my patients to thrive as things change -- not be caught off guard. And I see many of them making mistakes in how they handle their chronic pain. If you're interested in a free guide to the 3 Biggest Mistakes that chronic pain patients make, click here.
Toni Narins is a licensed acupuncturist, sound healer and author with over 30 years experience in the science and art of heaing. Her approach addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of imbalances