Several ways! By triggering the relaxation response, sound allows the body to engage its own natural healing processes.
Up to 60% of the adult human body is water – in our bodily fluids and cells. Sound vibrations cause resonant vibrations in water. Natural sound causes our cells to vibrate in our own natural harmonic resonance.
Sounds travel through the nervous system, including the vagus nerve which is the most widely distributed nerve in the body. Sound changes to electrical impulses that travel along the nerves. This is how the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system gets involved in producing and reducing stress. Balancing stress with well-chosen sound effectively releases tensions through the nervous system.
Sound vibrations cause a spike in nitric oxide (NO), a molecule which is ubiquitous in the human body. It is necessary for vascular homeostasis, neuronal and immunological functions.
Increased levels of NO help reduce inflammation and pain.
Sound waves entrain the brain into lower brainwave levels (alpha, theta, and delta). These are brainwave states of creativity, deep relaxation, the dream state, and deep meditation.
Much research continues, including for addictions, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer cells.
The sounds I use are all acoustic (not electronic) and at low decibel levels. Your body/mind system will use the frequencies you need. The only side effects produced are positive!
Chakras are a way of describing energy centers in the body. Some research has been done coordinating the chakras with the endocrine system. Inasmuch as I work to restore your natural energy flow and balance, “chakra balancing” may be one way to describe some of the work I do.
The effects of a single session may last several days, or a lifetime!
For more acute symptoms or difficult patterns 3-6 sessions may be recommended. Many people like to receive a “tune up” every week, month or six weeks.
Toning, chanting and humming are easy ways to help yourself. I can guide you, and also help you select an instrument that you can work with at home.