Think about it - when you go to the gym, the sound track in the background gets you movin' and groovin'. When you go to the yoga studio, the soundtrack can put you in a serene, contemplative mood. So obviously, sounds can change our mood......but can they do anything else?
Sometime back in the 1990s, Dr. Mitch Gaynor was a practicing oncologist at Weill Cornell Center for Integrative and Complementary Medicine. He was given a Tibetan bowl by one of his patients, and was immediately drawn to the sounds that it made, and how they felt in his body. He was already using complementary modalities, such as yoga, breath work and guided imagery to help his cancer patients. The results he got from adding the dimension of sound therapy impressed both Dr. Gaynor as well as his patients. They began to experience rapid recovery from chemotherapy, and, in some cases, complete remission of cancer.
How is this possible, you might ask? Good question. The answer, I believe, lies in the brain. You see, our brains send out and receive different chemical messages to and from our body. Those messages can be messages of anxiety, despair, fear, etc. Or those messages can be messages of clarity, calmness, and well being. No matter what messages your brain is sending out, your body becomes bathed in the chemicals associated with those messages. So fear will bathe your cells in the chemicals of fear, and serenity will bathe your cells in the chemicals of serenity.
Which one of those chemical "soups" do you think will be more healing? Yeah.........that's what I'm talking about.
If you've got any experience with this, I'd LOVE to hear from you! Leave a comment down below and let's start a conversation!
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