The Difference Between Music Therapy and Sound Healing Therapy

The Difference Between Music Therapy and Sound Healing Therapy

How aspects of music or sound is applied for healing

Music or sound healing therapy uses facets of sound or music to help improve health and well-being at a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level. A trained therapist or practitioner will employ sound or music healing methods to apply to a patient or client during a therapy session.

What is Music Therapy?

A music therapy healing session may include:
  • Listening to specific healing music
  • Meditating
  • Chanting or vocal sound expression
  • Voice toning
  • Dancing and moving to music
  • Singing with music
  • Mindfulness and focus in the moment
  • Guided meditation

What is Sound Therapy?

A sound healing therapy session may include the use of sound healing instruments such as:
  • Chinese gong, moon gong or other type of gongs
  • Tibetan singing bowls
  • Crystal quartz bowls
  • Tuning forks, biosonic forks, weighted forks
  • Wind chimes
  • Tingshas
  • Bells
  • Drums, ocean drums
  • Rain sticks
  • Harmoniums
  • Shruti box
  • Harmony balls
  • Shakers
  • Hang,handpans
  • Panflutes
  • Didgeridoo
  • Audio files & Vibroacoustics
  • Voice toning, Singing & Chanting

Healing with sound

Healing with sound is understood to date back centuries, when sound and music was used in an attempt to heal physical, emotional and mental disorders. Sound and music has also been the basis of spiritual healing methods in many cultures throughout history. Sceptics will look for scientific proof about how effective therapies may be that rely only on music or sound. However there are many practitioners who have widely reported about the effectiveness of utilising sound for healing.

Music therapy and sound healing modalities continue to flourish both as a standalone therapy and also when integrated with other therapies.

Benefits of sound or music therapy

Research has reported a number of health benefits related to music and sound. Some of the benefits attributed to sound and music therapy include:
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced pain
  • Lowering anxiety
  • Improving sleep
  • Decreasing mood swings
  • Immune system improvement
  • Maintaining and improving health and well-being
Some of the benefits attributed to music therapy:
  • lowers stress
  • decreases mood swings
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • teaches pain management
  • lowers risk for coronary artery disease and stroke
  • improves sleep

How does sound or music healing work?

Music or sound therapy uses different aspects of vibrational healing methods to help improve your emotional physical, mental and spiritual well-being. How it works is something that has been described and discussed by many different therapists, practitioners, researchers, medical professionals and scientists.

Depending on the particular methods being used or applied our own experience would indicate that a number of factors are involved when applying different healing techniques.
  • The ability and capacity of the therapist to transmit empathy through their healing modalities and sound healing instruments
  • The patient or client’s willingness as opposed to reluctance to attending for therapy.
  • The training, expertise or experience of a sound healer / therapist / practitioner
  • The preparation beforehand by the healer / therapist / practitioner
  • Selection of the appropriate instruments to use in each situation

Entrainment, Vibration, Frequency, Resonance

It is believed that ‘entrainment’ plays a part in how the vibratory energy field of human body can be affected by sound vibrations from a sound healing instrument.

Basically the Law of Entrainment states that when two different vibrational frequencies come into resonance with each the stronger force will affect the weaker force.

If say the ‘A’ string of a guitar is plucked in close proximity to another guitar, the ‘A’ string of the second guitar will resonate as a result of the vibrational frequency created by the first plucked guitar.

Experiments carried out also show that two clocks with swinging pendulums will after a short time start swinging in synchronicity as each pendulum is resonating with the other.

Empathy from the healer

Furthermore ‘Empathy’ on the part of the healer / therapist / practitioner is probably one of the most important aspects of all healing.

In order to develop an energy connection between the patient and the healer it is of paramount importance that the healer can connect through empathy with the patient / client.

When a healer is working with empathy the sounds created by the healer’s use of the sound healing instrument or music is carried and magnified by the sound vibrations. Consequently the person receiving the therapy can ‘feel’ or ‘sense’ this connection. As a result of creating ‘empathy’ during a healing session our experience has shown the results to be recognizably more profound and also more therapeutic.
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