When I tell people that I’m a sound healer, the response I get is “What’s that?” Even here in southern California, where people are familiar with practically every alternative health practice under the sun, most people have never heard of sound healing.
So what is it, you ask? Simply put, it’s a way of using sound to help you heal.
OK, I know…..that doesn’t really answer the question. So here’s the deal — and I’m going to geek out a little on the science here, because…..well....you need to know this part in order to get it.
Your brain produces different brain waves, depending upon whether you need to be alert and active, or whether you need to slow down so that you can go to sleep. Your brain also makes different chemicals, depending upon your emotional state….if something scares the spit out of you, your brain will be spitting out the chemicals of fear - you’ll go into fight or flight mode. This, in technical terms, is called “sympathetic dominance.”
On the other hand, if you’re feeling happy, your brain will be spewing out happy chemicals…. you’ll feel calm, peaceful, or uplifted….or some combination. This is the “chill” side of the equation.....aka the parasympathetic nervous system.
Now, in day-to-day life, you need both sides of the nervous system to be working - you need to be alert, and you need to be chill. It’s a question of balance. You’ve heard of yin and yang? Those two words represent balance….harmony…..and the dance that takes place between opposites.
But what happens if something goes “wrong”? What happens when your boss gets nasty, or your kids start having several meltdowns a day, or you walk into your doctor’s office because you're in pain…..chronic pain….that just won’t go away...and (s)he tells you that in fact, it’s not going to go away….you’re stuck with it.
Well, your brain reacts, sending out chemical messages to the body that put it in high alert. These are the stress hormones. And those hormones actually slow down, or even prevent the healing process. They increase inflammation, for instance, which, if it goes on for a long time, can damage the body even more.
This is where sound healing can come in. By producing particular sounds, we can help the brain produce soothing brain waves and healing brain chemistry. And when it does that, what happens in the body? Inflammation decreases, which allows more blood to flow to all parts of the body. And your brain, which is one of the most amazing pharmacies in the world, can send healing factors to any area that needs them.
And lastly, when your brain “entrains” - or matches - with the sounds (which it does immediately), you begin to see whatever it is you’re dealing with in a new light. Suddenly, you've got new possibilities of how to deal with your situation. You don’t have to stay stuck. You can regain a sense of peace, a sense of wholeness, that you once took for granted.
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