mercredi 2 avril 2014

Benefiting From A Therapeutic Sound Project

By Jaclyn Hurley

A therapeutic sound project is being conducted in many cities in the US and other countries. This bio-feedback method uses sound, or more precisely frequency or vibration, to restore balance to the human system and thereby influence health on many levels. This alternative therapy offers help without pharmaceutical drugs, invasive surgeries, or drastic psychiatric treatments like electrical shock.

The emotional state of a person has a profound effect on physical health and overall quality of life. This fact is familiar to most of us. We're told that a positive attitude can win friends and influence people and that laughter is good for us. Social interaction is important; married people live longer, children do best in whole families with both mother and father, and those who are active members of a community report more happiness.

The philosophy of this discipline states that all matter has resonance. Since atoms are in constant motion, core vibrations affect the whole system. Bio-feedback research tracks brain waves, muscle reactions, hormonal release (like adrenaline and cortisol, which increase inner tension), voice patterns, pulse rates, and other physical or mental reactions to external stimuli.

Common sense seems to validate the scientific findings. Think of mothers soothing babies with lullabies, or rock bands electrifying whole audiences with a heavy beat and repetitive lyrics. People naturally sway, tap their feet, move their hands and heads, and otherwise keep time with the music, whether peaceful or energizing. Many find the rhythmic roll of waves on the seashore or the sound of water running over rocks relaxing.

Therapists use the methods of resonance therapy, of which music is one, in many ways. Think of the earphones that dentists use to keep patients' minds off the drilling. Mood disorders in children and adolescents, lack of will to recover in stroke or cancer victims, depression, and stress-related conditions can often be altered or alleviated with help from practitioners skilled in this alternative treatment.

It is common for a person who does not socialize well to find that playing a musical instrument offers both engagement and an outlet for deep emotions. Others may find release in dance or movement, in singing, in chanting, or in relaxation therapy. The elderly respond so well to music that this therapy is now often covered by insurance plans.

Music is not only listening, of course. People find enjoyment, enrichment, and achievement in playing an instrument, dancing or just moving in time to the rhythm, singing, and composing music. Spiritual songs are known to develop peace, a sense of community, and a feeling of connection to outside forces. Therapists believe that each person has a unique resonance and will therefore experience recovery in an individual way. They use their skill to help people find what will help them thrive.

In seeking a therapist in the city nearest you, you will want to check credentials and look for references just as you would for any other health adviser or medical doctor. Researching the subject online can also help you evaluate programs you find.

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