Friday, February 03, 2006

A Menu of Sound Therapies

A Menu of Sound Therapies

from Take Two CDs and Call Me in the Morning
by Suzanne Jonas, EdD.


ULTRA-SOUND

The most widely recognized and accepted use of frequency application is the field of ultrasonics. In medical applications, the basic principle is using high frequencies to generate heat, which can penetrate to the deep tissues of the body. Ultrasonics is currently used in physical therapy, surgery, and dentistry. Experiments are also focusing on ultrasonics as a method of birth control.

As a tool for diagnosis, ultra-sonagraphy is a method of scanning internal organs with pulsed or continuous high-frequency waves and recording the rebound (echo) of these waves. Ultra-sonagraphy is used in assessing the stages of pregnancy and to detect diseases and tumors of the bladder, kidneys, liver, ovaries, pancreas, brain, and heart. Treatment of disease and surgical techniques are relatively new, though successes havebeen achieved in treating Meniere's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, bruises and strains, in removal of tumor and kidney stones, and in ophthalmic surgery.(McClellan, 1991)

CYMA THERAPY
The therapeutic application of cymatics (the science of how sound waves translate into physical patterns)is currently being researched in England. The basic principle operative in cymatics therapy is entrainment. The healthy frequency of the body part to be treated, having been predetermined, is incorporated into a harmonic of five frequencies, which is applied through that skin by an “applicator”to specific acupuncture points on the body. The sounds produced are attuned to the body's natural frequencies. Although the approach is only 30 or so years old, successes have been demonstrated in cases of rheumatism, arthritis, fracture, muscle strain, and many other afflictions. The leading pioneer in this area is Dr. Peter Guy Manners. (www.cymatherapy.com)


VIBRO-TACTILE STIMULATION
Today there are several sound tables/chairs available. Somatron, Betar, “So”Sound, KliniSoundWave, Vibroacoustics, and Dr. Jeffery Thompson's are a few of the current names of tables/chairs that have speakers or transducers embedded in them. Lying on the bed, one can feel the vibrations of music, a condition known as sensory resonance when all the senses receive simultaneous stimulation. This assists in freeing up mental energy that would normally be used to screen out countless irritating background sensations and assists in decreasing physical symptoms.

Researchers point out that musical frequencies when experienced through the table or chair, are perceived not only by our ears and skin, but also by our spinal cored and brain, and therefore potentially by all parts of our bodies. Vibro-tactile tables and chairs are being used in hospitals, universities, schools, mind/brain centers, and private and governmental facilities across the world. (see list of research citations at end of this chapter).Clinical reports demonstrate some interesting results including: the complete elimination of migraine, sinus and tension headaches; decrease in pain during invasive cancer procedures; decrease in anxiety, muscle tension, and spasticity;assistance in entering into deep relaxation faster; and a consistent ability to summon and soothe individual personalities of those suffering from multiple personality disorders.

The nature of the sonic treatment on the bed is essentially dependent on what music comes through the speakers. Children's Cancer Center in Tampa FL finds soothing music that has a mother's heartbeat embedded in it to be effective both before and after painful invasive procedures. In a study designed to reduce stress headaches (McElwain), native American flute music (“Canyon Trilogy” by Carlos Nakai) was found to be successful. Other music found to be influential is: Baroque music with autism, any of the Hemi-Sync music tapes (www.InnerHarmonyHealthCenter.com), and in general, music that is nonpercusive, slow, melodious, and has a strong bass line. David Ison (www.Therasound.com) has been composing specific music for the Somatron and Vibrasound tables that have been consistently successful.

The Betar, KliniSoundwave, “So”Sound table, Viobrasound table, and Dr. Jeffery Thompson's sound table are equipped with specially designed low frequency, solid steel transducers,comparable to electronic tuning forks, attached to a hardwood underside of the table. When lying on this padded tuning board, a person feels and becomes part of the sound vibration through direct bone conduction. As many say,“It is an awesome experience...” To magnify and spread the sound more evenly throughout the entire body mass, geometrically engineered Resonance Chambers are used. The transducers and resonance chambers of the Dr Thompson™ Patent Pending Sound Table System are mathematically arranged for the highest resonance of the body.

The Dr Thompson™ Audio Program Recordings have been technologically engineered with precision low frequency vibrations to most effectively resonate the body and entrain the brain into different states of consciousness for stress reduction, holistic healing, deep relaxation, emotional release, enhanced therapeutic interaction, openness, meditation, etc. These specific low frequency sound waves give the optimal effect of vibration through the body and hence, set the stage for the true holistic healing.


VIBRO ACOUSTIC THERAPY
In 1959 Dr. Teirichbuilt a couch containing loudspeakers that had a response range from 20hz-60hz for generating vibration into the back. Clients reported warmth in the solarplexus, warmth throughout the body, floating sensations caused by the bass tones, relaxation in the region of the stomach, dreamlike states, and images. Norwegian educator and therapist, Olav Skille, constructed a unit which he initially described as a “music bath” that bathed his subjects in sound. He found some success in helping children who were severely physically and mentally impaired to achieve relaxation. This process consisted of playing music and sinus tones through speakers into a mattress filled with semi-soft pellets. He found that the most significant frequencies range between 40-80HZ. Patients lying on the mattress feel the vibrations throughout their bodies. For instance, 40 hz was predominantly felt in the thighs and legs, 50 Hz was more significantly felt in the coccyx, sacrum, and lower lumbar region, and 60 Hz was typically felt in the thoracic area and to some extent in the lumbar region. Dr. Skille noticed several effects with his patients: weakened spasticity, a rise in activity level, a lessening or disappearance of stress-related shoulder pains; reduction in lumbago-type back pains and other muscular tension; reduction in back-area menstrual pain (Skille, 1982). Since then, a variety of clinical conditions have been treated with Vibro acoustic therapy in Norway, England, Finland, Estonia, and the U.S. Some of these conditions include:autism, pulmonary disorders, asthma, spastic conditions, anxiety, neurosis(Wigram, 1995). There sound tables and chairs listed in the website references at the end of this chapter.

TOMATIS METHOD
Auditory assessment for the purposes of sound therapy was founded by Alfred A. Tomatis, a French physician and ear/nose/throat specialist. Sound therapy is based upon the idea that the body requires the presence of a full range of harmonious frequencies working cooperatively. As the voice is a source of sound, the ear is the receiver of sound and together they form a dynamic system. Tomatis believed that during gestation the brain is developed from the pattern of the first organ to form: the ear. Early in his work, he discovered the right ear needs to be the dominant listening ear as it has more connections with the left side of the brain and that the neural link between the left bran and the larynx is shorter. He discovered that when the right ear is not in a position of control there will be no leading ear at all. Hesitant and monotonous speech may occur, possibly stammering or even stuttering. In most children with language and learning problems, the right ear did not develop as the leading ear. His method therefore addresses specific problems of listening, not hearing.

After assessing the listening strengths and weaknesses, the ear is introduced to filtered sound stimulations through special equipment. The chief objective of the passive phase is to recreate the prenatal environment by means ofsounds rich in high frequencies. The sounds are usually a combination of mother's recorded voice and music by Mozart. The ear is forced to expand its range of perception and increase its selective powers. The program the progresses to an active phase of voice exercises including singing and chanting then word and sentence repetition, and a read aloud phase. (Madaule 1993)

Many language, speech, and behavior and learning disabilities thought to be irreversible are currently being changed including ADD and ADHD. Someof the specific changes that have occurred are: accelerated learning, increases in information integration, improved vocal range and hearing, reversal of several behavioral problems such as attention, concentration, memory, aggression, hyperactivity and regressive tendencies, problems with lateral dominance and handedness, and reversal of learning disabilities and problems with reading, writing, spelling and calculation. (Edwards, 1997)

BIOACOUSTICS
BioAcoustics is an exciting new field within Subtle Energy Medicine. It is built on a foundation of three decades of research at Sound Health Alternatives,Inc. BioAcoustics can most aptly be described as a cross between vibroacoustic therapy and biofeedback. It is based on the premise that all living systems emit frequencies termed “Signature Sounds”. These Signature Sounds are an indication of each person's physical and emotional status, as well as a reflection of any stress which resides in a body's frequencies. In this therapy analysis of the voice is used to identify and interpret the constant, complicated frequency interactions within the body. The technique demonstrates that the frequencies contained in the vocal patterns provide a holographic representation of the human body. Sharry Edwards is the founder and primary researcher in this area. Her preliminary studies indicate that when a person's missing sounds are returned to his/her environment, the body begins to rebuild itself- even from the so-called “incurable” diseases. The technique consists of a voice spectral analysis and the deliverance of specific frequencies in the brain wave range through headphones and tone box, or subwoofer, or vibro-tactile chair/table. Although it is still in its infancy, frequency formulas based on a person's Signature Sounds have assisted in attaining positive results in cases of: lung ailments, broken bones, eye problems, epileptic seizures, heart conditions, high blood pressure, metal toxicity, hyperostosis, diabetes, Down syndrome, genetic syndromes, MS, chronic and traumatic pain, attention/learningdisorders, and many more.



HEMI-SYNC
In the 1930's, German experimenter H.S. Dove discovered the phenomenon of binaural beats. These are beats that are generated in the human brain as a result of hearing different externally-generated frequencies in each ear. For instance, if a tone of 200 beats per minute was played in the right ear and a tone of 210 beats in the left, the brain would “here” the difference in the beats and generate its own frequency of 10 beats per minute. No one ever “hears” the binaural beats per minute. (Atwater, 1997)

The late Robert Monroe, formerly a composer in the communications industry, used this theory to develop an auditory guidance system to heighten selected awareness and performance while establishing a relaxed state. Using entrainment principles, specific frequencies sent to each ear assist in entraining the separate areas of the hemispheres to equal electromagnetic environments to enhance the free-flowing exhange of information between hemispheres. The resulting synchronicity of the hemispheres greatly increases learning, healing, meditative abilities, i.e., when the brain waves are in a particular frequency and left and right hemispheres are synchronized, optimal functioning occurs.
Research at the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia indicates that an optimal brain wave state might be in the “theta state”, when an individual is very relaxed and highly receptive and uncritical. States of consciousness are differentiated by brain wave pattern:


Beta (14-100 Hz) Normal waking consciousness; alert, analytic
Higher levels associated with anxiety, dis-ease

Alpha (8-14 Hz) Alert but unfocused, relaxed, light trance, pre-sleep
Meditation, increased serotonin production

Theta (4-8 Hz) REM sleep, trance, deep meditation, uncritical,
Optimal learning state, creative, integrative

Delta (.1-4 Hz) Deep dreamless sleep, access to unconscious,
loss of body awareness

The greatest practical problem with the efficacy of the theta state is an individual's tendency to slide down into delta (sleep). To assist in achieving this state,a special mix of frequencies is used. These are embedded in ocean surf sounds,“pink noise”, or non-rhythmical music recorded onto cds. The actual tones are inaudible, as hearing them would be irritating. There are dozens of cds with specific purposes: deep relaxation; pain reduction or decreasing other physical symptoms; improving performances such as sports, concentration,and memory. The results from regular usage of the programs can be dramatic, as the brain is trained to operate at an optimal level. With respect to healing, it appears we can consciously learn to control various aspects of our physiology when we are in the theta state.

What is Sound Therapy?


CHAPTER 6
from Take Two CDs and Call Me in the Morning
Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D.


SOUND AS THERAPY

Imagine yourselves out there in the universe. From all the heavenly bodies it is singing, speaking as it sings, singing as it speaks, and all your perception is a listening to this speech which is song, and the singing speech of the Cosmos...And whenever a planet in its course passes a constellation of the fixed stars, there bursts forth, not one single note, but a whole world of music.
Thus we have in the heavens of the fixes stars a wondrous Cosmic instrument of MUSIC. Rudolf Steiner

THE SOUND OF CREATION
The book of Genesis tells us that creation began when God spoke the words,"Let there be light," and the Gospel of John also says that sound is the author of all things: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....All things were made by him." Hundreds of years before Christianity the immortal words of the Hindu Vedas said: "In the beginning was Brahman with whom was Vak, or the Word, and the Word is Brahman."In Egypt, the ancients believed that Thoth spoke the world into life: he would name an object and bring it into life. And on the North American continent,the Hopi Indian legend says spider woman sang the song of creation over inanimate forms on earth and brought them to life.

The mystical traditions of Egypt, Rome, Greece, Tibet and India tell us that sound is the very fountfrom which our universe arose. It is responsible for creation, as well as sustaining and transforming all life and all matter. These traditions knew of the effects of sound, which was a highly refined science. All of the mused vocal sounds to activate energy in the body for healing. The Pythagorean School and Philosophy, which lasted over 800 years, taught that music was equal in importance to mathematics and, again, was the foundation of all things.

Likewise, the Jewish mystics known as Kabbalists taught that the Divine Word, the speech of God, creates and sustains both the heavens and the earth. They, too, believed that the various objects in our universe are different because a specific and unique combination of letters of sacred speech sustains each one.

THE POWER OF THE VOICE
In Africa, the Sangomas (Shamans in the Congo) heal the sick, bring on rain storms, ease the pain of childbirth, and calm the fury of raging animals with the utterance of a single word or phrase. There are also many stories of some of our native American medicine men, Rolling Thunder for one, who have used words and chant to bring about changes in weather and health, and to manifest objects. There are several Sound Healers today who are reviving ancient chants for the purposes of creating health and prosperity. Three of the most well known are: JonathanGoldman (www.healingsounds.com), Jeffery Thompson, Ph.D. (www.neuroacoustic.com),and Mitchell Gibson, M.D. (www.tybro.com). They use the power of the voice as a potent instrument for the restoration and maintenance of optimal health.Goldman, as well as some other sound healers, are able to direct their voice to different parts of a person's body to bring it back in tune. Also, like Dr. Gibson, he has recorded several ancient chants onto CDs. His Holy Harmony uses the ancient Hebrew words for God combined with tuning forks for a very beautiful and inspiring album. Dr. Gibson's CDs use ancient Hebrew chants to align a person to such things as prosperity, miracles, and healing. Dr.Thompson records a person's own voice and mixes it with specific tones that increase relaxation. Listening to this combination creates a mix of emotions such as love, caring, and safety and feelings of comfort and relaxation to assist in healing.

For centuries the early Christian church prohibited the use of musical instruments in the church. It was the belief that the human voice was the most perfect instrument for creating music. In Jonathan Goldman's book: Healing Sounds, he explores all of the vocal traditions on our planet from Tibetan overtone chanting where the voice is trained to produce more than one note at a time, to current toning and chanting used to rebalance the body. He relates many research findings that demonstrate the effect of using one's voice or having a sound healer's voice directed at you. These include beneficial changes in respiration, cranial bones, the brain, rate of flow of cerebral spinal fluid, and the pineal gland. Here is further demonstration of how sound can affect our body symphony. Over the years there has been some refinement of the types of sounds that are effective to use when toning. It appears that lower sounds influence lower parts of the body, as higher sounds influence the upper body. There also appears to be a direct relationship between specific vowels and different parts of the body. For instance, to decrease fatigue and increase energy, sit up straight, take a deep breath,and slowly sing a high note on the vowel 'aye' or 'eeee' and imagine sending it to your brain. Remember to sing with some energy! Do this for no more than 5 minutes. For relaxation: sit up straight, take a deep breath, and slowly sing a low note on the vowel sound “uh” or 'ah' and send it to your lower abdomen. Again, put some energy into your sound.

It is interesting to note that Tibetan and Christian monks who participate in lengthy daily chanting are very healthy. An interesting situation occurred at a Benedictine monastery in France shortly after the second Vatican Council. The monks had discontinued their daily practice of Gregorian chant and had become fatigued and depressed. Several recommendations of adding vitamins, meat and potatoes had no effect, even making some of the monks feel worse. Dr. Alfred Tomatis (www.tomatis.com), a French physician and hearing specialist, was consulted.He advised they reinstitute their daily 6-8 hours of chanting, and soon most were back in good health.

In the Tibetan chanting tradition, many of the monks create more than one note at a time, called overtone chanting.It appears that both the listener and the producer of this type of singing benefit greatly. Mark Ryder, Ph.D.. found decreases in heart rate, respiration and brain wave activity as well as a charging of the cortex of the brain.What this translates to is being able to relax and often go into very deep meditative states. For those of you interested in hearing overtone chanting, David Hykes, founder of the Harmonic Choir, has a very effective and interesting cd, Solar Winds. (www.harmonicworld.com)


THE PHYSICS OF SOUND
In the 21st century, we are proving what these ancient groups had known.The field of Quantum Physics is demonstrating that all of creation is composed of vibration which when lowered in frequency to our hearing range, is sound.Every thing is waves of energy or vibration, or inaudible sound. As a protective measure, our physical hearing is such that we are unable to hear most things vibrate - can you imagine what it would be like if you could! Instead, we have very sensitive microscopes so our eyes can see everything vibrating.As we peer into the microscope at the first layer we can see the molecules moving, some not much like in wood. But as we look further we see the protons,neutrons, and electrons vibrating, and inside the proton we see quarks dancing.

We are a walking symphony of sound: heartbeat, rushing blood, digestion,and vibrating cells all playing together to form you. Every thing has a resonant frequency or number of cycles per second that it vibrates. For instance,the resonant frequency of water might be 100 cycles per second. If the molecules dance faster or slower, the water changes its tune and becomes something different, in this case, steam or ice. The human heart has a certain resonant frequency, as does each muscle and vertebra, hormone, and cell salt. When any of these vibrate too fast or too slow, we become out of tune and might feel sick or discomfort.

The field of Cymatics (www.cymaticsource.com),pioneered by Swiss scientist Dr. Hans Jenny in the 1950's, is the science of how sound waves translate into physical patterns . He conducted experiments that directed simple pure tones into powders, pastes, and liquids. The sounds transformed the materials into patterns that are found throughout nature:crystals, chromosomes, cells, molecules, bone, tissue. His research demonstrated that each cell generates its own frequency and the nature of the frequency determines what the resulting structure will be, i.e. heart, ruby, pine needle,etc. And, growth is the result of the vibrations. Here was the scientific demonstration of the ancients' belief that all is composed of sound and sound can influence matter.

One of the ways the basic frequency of an object can be altered is through entrainment.In this process, the powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object will cause the less powerful vibrations of another object of similar frequency to lock in step and oscillate with the more powerful object. If all are started at approximately the same time, all will entrain their motions to the loudest clock, and will soon be tick-tocking together. The use of entrainment is not a new technique. Physician Walter Jane (1962) states that the ancient Egyptian and Greek civilizations were using these principles and techniques for healing in their temples.

Another way of changing a frequency is to match the resonant frequency of an object and implode it, break it up. An opera singer who sings a note that has the same frequency as a crystal wine glass creates a resonance that will soon shatter the glass, just as the construction industry uses sound to break up concrete. Another example can be found in modern medicine where ultrasound is used to break up kidney stones.

The therapeutic application of frequencies appears to have several advantages over music and traditional medicine. First, frequencies may be applied to specific areas of the body that need attention thereby eliminating the possibility of effecting surrounding or related body parts/processes.Second, the frequencies bypass all the personal and cultural biases of the patient. There is no problem with “liking” or “not liking” the selection. Third, the application of frequencies is controllable and the outcome measurable as a direct correlation. When a frequency is applied, there are definite physiological reactions such as change in heart rate, blood pressure, oxygenation,and change in the targeted body part. And fourth, treatment appears to be painless, with no negative side-effects if applied in a prescribed manner.

What is Sound Health?

What is Sound Health? by Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D.


Music and sound therapy has been with us since the beginning of time. When we think of music therapy today we immediately think of music that makes us feel good. Music that lifts our moods, makes a long driving trip shorter, or housework effortless. When I was working in a large rehabilitation hospital the most popular tape on the stroke unit was a compilation of big band songs played by the Glen Miller Orchestra. After listening to this music patients were in a good mood, they participated more fully in their therapies, reported less pain, and socialized more.

But what about the other parts of us? Does music do nothing more than make us feel good or bad? act on our emotions? The ancient Greeks through Pathagorus knew there were certain chords and melodies that produced definite responses within the body. In the 6th Century B.C. his disciples knew the right sequence of sounds played on certain instruments could cure bodily pain and dis-eases. His philosophies encompassed music, healing, science, mathematics, nutrition, and medicine and were practiced for 800 years.

A branch of modern music therapy is music medicine. It is a rediscovering of how music affects our physical body. Thanks to our modern technology, we can measure these effects and find that the RIGHT music can:
  • lower or raise blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration
  • release endorphins that soothe pain
  • relax muscles and release tension
  • increase circulation
  • assist with sleep
  • and many more effects.
You have probably intuited some of this yourself by choosing slower music when you want to relax and sleep.*

We are a larger matrix than just our emotions and body. We are also our minds, though there are times when we feel like we have lost it, as this story demonstrates.

A very elderly gentleman (mid-90’s), very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a well looked-after image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge.
Seated at the bar is an elderly looking lady, (mid 80s). The gentleman walks over, sits alongside her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says: “So tell me, do I come her often?”

So, is there music that can assist you in not losing your mind in the first place? YES ! The RIGHT music assists our brain waves to
  • increase focus and concentration and THERFORE increase memory
  • increase creativity
  • increase attention

We can remember more, think more clearly, get better grades, be more creative and more productive with the right music. As a beginning step, much of the music composed by Mozart will assist in this process. Use the second movements of his instrument concertos, the tempos of which are highly conducive to keeping our brain moving on track. *

As a flutist and singer performing in large groups I have felt music to the point that tears flowed and I became paralyzed...not a good thing during performances! This was music that communicated with my soul. Soul music is music that touches your very core, expands your heart, gives you tingles, leaves you in a much better place, and has the potential to heal your body . I remember a 45 year old patient in ICU several years ago who was very slowly dying and no one could figure out why. She was attached to every life support modern medicine had and nothing was changing. I suggested to her nurse that she play a tape I had compiled for the hospital of ‘soul’ music, thinking that if she indeed was in the process of transitioning to the next life, hearing beautiful music might assist her. I wasn’t able to reconnect with the nurse for a few days, and when I did I was informed that the patient had been moved to a regular room in the hospital and was doing quite well. Apparently she had begun to stabilize and then improve some hours after the nurse had started the soul music tape. The patient never talked about her experience.*

So on my journey of using music to help others heal, be more productive, learn faster, and be more joyful, I began to wonder what is music? To make a long story short....I have become a sound therapist, one who uses individual sounds to affect the body. You are already familiar with the use of sound in medicine: ultrasound: frequencies that excite cells to generate heat; and using sound/frequencies to breakup kidney stones.

Think of the sound of chalk on a blackboard......the sound of trains braking. These sounds set off a chemical change in your body which gives you a physical reaction. And yes, there are beneficial sounds. Here we blend with quantum physics. This science tells us that everything is made up of vibration: rocks, gases, a heart, grass, etc. Sound is audible vibration. Humans have been using sound for healing for centuries in the form of drumming, chants, bells and gongs, and now, tones. Sound enters our auric fields, our ears, our brain, and then every part of our body. It has the ability to make significant changes in our physiology and emotions.

In Sound Therapy, if your liver is not functioning well we could say it is out of tune. And by using the laws of physics, we can retune the liver with another frequency, the frequency of a healthy liver. For more information on this you can read my book** or go to my website. One person sent me a description of how the Spinal Ease CD helped him. *

~”…I had two herniated disks in my neck. I spent several weeks in physical therapy twice a week with no relief. Each time I went to therapy the pain grew worse for several days. I later went to a Neurosurgeon to discuss surgery. His news was not what I wanted hear. I also have lung disease from chemical exposure. The Neurosurgeon told me the disk problem was operable, but not on me because he was afraid I would not wake up from the anesthesia. The alternative was to live out my life in pain, tingling, and numbness, until things were so bad the risk of dieing would be worth the surgery... I began listening to the CD Spinal Tap, once or twice a day as time permitted. I didn't notice much of anything for about three days. After that I realized the pain and tingling in my arm weren't as frequent or severe. In about a week feeling was returning to my fingers. I'm not sure when the rest happened, but within three weeks I no longer had numbness in my fingers, the pain in my shoulder was gone, and the tingling in my arm was so infrequent I was totally amazed. By the fourth week I had no symptoms at all. I continued listening for one more week and have stopped. I forgot to mention the Neurosurgeon also told me I had arthritis in my neck. It has been weeks since listening to my powerful CD. I have noticed a very slight pain in my neck if I sit at my computer for a prolonged period of time.



Sound Therapy is really rediscovering what the ancient Greeks knew, using the laws of physics, and applying it with tuning forks, or generated tones through headphones and special sound chairs and beds. Sound Health is using sounds (tones or music) to increase your vitality be it physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual. Just like a prescription for drugs, music medicine can target a specific symptom or dis-ease, must be taken consistently, and as directed, and has few to no side effects. Sound Health can be employed anytime and anywhere:
  • wake up to music
  • meditate to music
  • exercise to music
  • be more productive and creative with music
  • learn faster with music
  • enjoy your meals with music
  • go to sleep with music
  • decrease symptoms with music or sounds
  • increase well being and health with music or sounds
The warning here is: “music is a double edged sword” Shakespeare.
You can significantly enhance or decrease what ever you use music and sound for.

A New Yorker cartoon has summed it up perfectly. Picture an overweight middle aged man wearing headphones attached to a portable tape player and smoking a cigarette. He was talking to a very beautiful young woman saying:

“Right now I’m listening to a creativity tape. Later, I’ll do the stop smoking, stop drinking and weight loss ones. By tomorrow, I’ll be the man of your dreams, baby.”


* For a list of suggestions and to purchase CDs go to www.MusicalMedicine.net
** Take Two Tapes and Call Me in the Morning