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How to Heal With Sound Healing and Music Therapy

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Using sound to heal

Using sound to heal

“At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. ... Before we make music, music makes us."

— Joachim-Ernst Berendt.

Sound Healing Music Therapy

Thomas Moore wrote in his Care of the Soul Medicine book that the word ‘heal’ comes from ‘whole’, as in putting back together what has been broken apart. Healing means restoring health and spiritual wholeness.

People are more and more commonly using holistic ways and means of healing. Sound healing and music therapy are two of these approaches. They are the two sides of an array that bridges all forms of healing with sound and music.

Distinction Between Sound and Music

Sounds, the audible vibrations used in healing, are not automatically musical. All music is sound, but all sound is not music. Michio Kaku, an American theoretical physicist, said that everything is music. Just because we cannot hear something does not mean that there is no sound.

In the construction industry, architects must know about resonance when they decide to construct a building. This will help them make sure that the structure does not start to vibrate in the wind and then fall. A resonance is the sound that is produced by an object when it vibrates at the same rate as the sound waves from another object.

What Is Sound Healing?

Sound healing is the ability of sound to soothe, but also the power to re-arrange molecules in order to heal. Scientists have shown that the particles of an oxygen atom vibrate in a major key and that blades of grass sing.

Sound healing uses vibrational and sound frequencies in conjunction with music to stimulate healing. It is a neurological approach that uses the influence of sound waves on the nervous system. One way to heal internal organs is to direct sound and vibration into individual organs that require healing.

In The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing book, Jonathan Goldman talks about the various frequencies that affect us and to which we resonate. Our organs, bones, tissues and bodily systems have their own resonant frequencies. A resonant frequency is a natural frequency of vibration determined by the physical considerations of the vibrating object. An object vibrates at its own resonant frequencies much easier than at other frequencies.

Sound healing takes place when people play or listen to particular sounds to achieve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. The many benefits of sound healing are said to include:

  • Helping to balance the body, mind, and spirit
  • Lessening the influence of negative energy and emotions
  • Promoting deep relaxation
  • Improving sleep
  • Promoting healing after illness, traumas, and invasive medical treatments
  • Increasing vital energy flow, creativity, and intuition
  • Improving cognitive performance, intuition, and concentration

What Is Music Therapy?

Music is a universal language that speaks to the depth of our being. Christine Stevens, who has a master’s degree in music therapy and social work, wrote The Medicine of Music book. She says that music is an ancient art that has survived the passage of time. Songs unite people and turn oppression into hope. Melody is the medicine for the heart. Our heartbeat is a rhythm track throbbing and vibrating through our veins. Our health is the harmony of body and mind.

Music therapy uses the organization and cadence of music to engage a person whose resolve is to heal. It is now a recognized health profession and a safe method used by people of all ages, walks of life, and capabilities.

Music therapy is used to:

  • Relieve physical discomfort by improving breathing and lowering blood pressure that lead to improved cardiac output, reduced heart rate, and relaxed muscle tension.
  • Improve mental health by helping to rein in emotional and behavioral problems that could result from stress.
  • Boost immune function, which is the production and action of cells that fight disease or infection.

Listening to certain types of music, singing, and chanting relax the muscles and improve breathing leading to better oxygenation of the cells. Doing so can also improve the working of the autonomic, immune, and endocrine systems.


Reiki Natural Healing

Reiki is natural healing energy work. Practitioners place their hands near different body parts of a fully clothed person without touching them. It is believed that this energy intensifies the inherent ability of people to heal themselves. Its work is felt at the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. It is now used in several hospitals and palliative care centers for patients who have a wide range of medical conditions. It is common knowledge that Reiki is effective in reducing pain and stress.

A study on the “Effects of Reiki on Anxiety, Depression, Pain, and Physiological Factors in Community-Dwelling Older Adults”[i] showed that Reiki promotes relaxation; improves physical symptoms, mood and well-being; and enhances self-care and sensory and cognitive responses.

Reiki Music

Reiki music is most effective when listeners approach it with a focused intention. Intention is a focus on what we want to experience in the future. We set an intention to help us hold in that moment what is most important to us. The words we use and the feeling of the intention play an important role in supporting health. Energy flows where intention goes and where focus is directed.

Reiki music is produced for different purposes in relation to individual needs. You can find Reiki music for anxiety, sleep, relaxation, deep relaxation, energy healing, or spiritual uplifting.

My Two Favorite Reiki Music

Healing Music for Reiki 3—this is the third part of the Healing Music for Reiki series. The background for this part is ideal for meditation, relaxation, massage, and healing. Two extended tracks on the disc are for a little over 30 minutes each for a total of 64 minutes. You do feel the healing energy of the music that opens your heart and mind to your own inner self.

The Heart of Reiki—this is relaxing Reiki music. It will help you get to a deep center of energy, let go, dream and feel happy. It is played on piano, guitar, flute, and violin.


[i] Nancy E. Richeson, PhD, CTRS; Judith A. Spross, PhD, RN, FAAN; Katherine Lutz, FNP, RN; Cheng Peng, PhD. Research in Gerontological Nursing journal. 2010;3(3):187-199

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Liliane Najm


Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 22, 2020:

nice one again. I love music. I live music. Music activates each of my senses.

Ana Yong from Singapore on May 26, 2020:

Interesting article. I've not tried Sound Healing before but it sounds intriguing.