Since the beginning of time, indigenous societies have traditionally used sound during healing ceremonies, including hand-clapping, singing, drumming, chanting, and pulsating. Different sounds elicit different emotional responses from people and can also change their mental and physical state. For example, a recent brain-imaging study found that spine-tingling music "lights up" the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food, sex, and certain types of drugs.
This month we'll go over how sound, especially used during a massage session or in the workplace, can bring you into complete ethereal bliss or bringing you back to focus. Sound therapy has been known to help treat such conditions as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, pain, and autism. It also has a way of moving through blockages in the body. The techniques vary but all involve the application of sound waves and harmonic vibrations to the body through the use of instruments, including the use of human voice. Now start to imagine receiving a gentle bath of sounds allowing your body to let go and move into a deeper state of relaxation....