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Sound Healing Therapy: The Power of good vibrations for promoting Mental Health in Nurses...

Updated: Dec 8, 2023


What is sound therapy and how can it help promote positive mental health in nurses?


Music has long since played a critical role in human culture. Where there is life there is music

but music is not just for entertainment purposes. Music can be found in nature as well as

through man-made musical instruments and singing.


Music has been proven to help improve your physical and mental well-being. In the health and

wellness sector sound healing therapy is becoming more recognised and popular as a way to

heal and ease mental health symptoms.

Sound healing therapy has been practised for thousands of years and involves helping realign

the bodys vibrations.


Lets find out more about what sound healing therapy is and how it can help you improve your

mental health.



What is sound healing therapy?

Sound healing therapy uses different sounds and vibrations to help improve your overall health.

It is usually practised with a trained healer but is a holistic therapy and there are many different

variations. You could be sitting or lying down, recorded music could be used or instruments

played during your session. You may also be asked to actively participate in making sounds,

using your voice or instruments.




What are the benefits of sound healing?


Sound therapy can help relieve symptoms in a range of conditions, these include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • PTSD

  • Sleep disorders

  • Aches and pains

  • Some cancers


 

People report many benefits from taking part in sound healing therapy these include:


● Reduced stress

● Improved mood

● Lower blood pressure

● Lower cholesterol levels

● Better pain management

● Improved sleep

● Reduces the occurrence of depressive episodes

● Helps you relax

● Helps manage PTSD

● Improves cognition that ultimately leads to improved brain health



 

Types of sound healing techniques

the body's vibrations.


There is a range of different types of sound healing therapy, you may need to try a couple

before finding the right type of therapy to help you in your recovery.


1. Music Therapy- Involves listening to different harmonies and melodies within music as

a way to help calm your mind, this helps to reduce muscle tension, and lower blood

pressure. Classical music is a great choice for this time of therapy


2. Chanting- Chanting simple mantras such as ‘OM’ has been proven to reduce stress and

help you connect to your inner self, releasing repressed feelings and emotions.


3. Using singing bowls- Different rhythms are created using a signing bowl to help push

your brain into a transcendental state. This helps develop calmness and can help you

feel more in control of your surroundings.


4. Tuning Forks- Metal tuning forks are used to create certain sound frequencies that help

to distress the body and relieve muscle pain.


5. Brainwave entrainment- This involves stimulating the brain by listening to pulsing

sounds to help synchronize your brain waves and enter an entranced state. This helps to

improve focus and sleep and decreases anxiety.


6. Drumming- Multiple drums are used to create a range of tunes to help promote positive

feelings and still your mind to help you disconnect from busy lifestyles.




 

Reflection


1. How does your favourite song make you feel? Do you listen to it when you are stressed

or angry?

2. Did you know how much music and sound could impact your mood and mental health?

3. Do you think sound therapy could help you improve your mental health?

4. Which type of sound healing technique mentioned in this blog do you find most interesting, and why?



 

Sources

https://sensoryretreats.com/blogs/news/sound-healing-therapy#:~:text=Music%20or%20sound%20healing%20therapy,to%20dance%20to%20sound%

20baths.

https://www.psychologs.com/article/how-sound-therapy-helps-to-maintain-mental-health-and-

wellness

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8566759/

https://mysoundtherapy.com/us/what-is-sound-therapy/emotional-stress-

relief/anxiety/#:~:text=Tomatis%20said%2C%20%E2%80%9CSome%20sounds%20are,effect%

20of%20low%2Dfrequency%20noise.


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