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Understanding the Basics of Sound Healing: How It Works and What It Heals

The use of sound as a form of healing can be traced back to ancient civilisations around the world. From the use of mantras in Hinduism to the Icaros (medicine melodies) of Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, the use of sound as a form of healing has been around for thousands of years. Even the ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras, believed in the power of sound and used interval and frequency to create balance in his life.

Today, sound healing is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative form of therapy. It's based on the idea that every sound has its own frequency and vibration, which can be used to bring our bodies back into balance.


Sound healing practitioners use a variety of instruments, such as tuning forks, gongs, crystal bowls, and Tibetan singing bowls, to create soundscapes that can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and boost the immune system.

How Does Sound Healing Work?

Sound healing is based on the concept of resonance, which is the idea that when two objects vibrate at the same frequency, they can influence each other. In sound healing, the practitioner uses instruments such as singing bowls, tuning forks, and gongs to create vibrations that resonate with the body and the mind. These vibrations can help to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and restore balance to the body’s energy system.

The practitioner will create a soundscape using these instruments, and then use their hands to direct the vibrations to specific areas of the body. This helps to break up stagnant energy and restore balance to the body’s energy system. During the sound healing session, the practitioner may also use guided visualisations and affirmations to help the client focus on the healing process.

Exploring the Experience: What Does Sound Healing Therapy Feel Like?

To begin, sound healing therapy typically takes place in a comfortable and relaxed environment. You will be asked to lie down, close your eyes, and relax your body. The practitioner will then begin to use instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, or tuning forks to create a range of sounds and vibrations. Depending on the type of sound healing being used, these instruments can create low, deep tones, or high-pitched tones.


The next thing you will likely feel is the vibration of the sound waves. The vibrations can be felt internally and externally, and they can help to relax the body and promote a sense of peace and relaxation. As the practitioner continues to play the various instruments, the sound waves will move through your body, helping to release tension and stress.

The sound healing session will usually last 30-60 minutes, and you can expect to feel a range of sensations throughout the session. Some people experience a deep sense of relaxation, while others may feel energised or even experience a “tingling” sensation. You may also feel a sense of clarity or increased mental focus. Overall, sound healing therapy can be a powerful and transformative experience.

The Bottom Line: The Power of Sound Healing Therapy

Sound healing therapy is a wonderful way to tap into the healing power of sound. It is a powerful tool for self-healing and can provide profound physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Whether you are looking to alleviate physical pain, reduce stress and anxiety, or simply deepen your connection with yourself and the divine, sound healing therapy may be the perfect option for you.

If you want to explore the healing power of sound and discover how it can benefit your life, then the Australian Sound Healers Association’s online sound healing course is the perfect place to start! Sign up today and start your journey toward becoming a certified sound healer!

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