The healing power of music and sound can be traced back 40,000 years to when indigenous Australians used ancient didgeridoos for healing. From vocal chanting, Christian hymns, to instruments such as Tibetan singing bowls, shamanic drums, and more, you will find some form of sound healing in every culture on Earth.
Sound frequencies slow down brain waves to a deeply restorative state, which activates the body's system of self-healing. This relaxed state allows your body to repair itself by activating the body's internal healing processes and parasympathetic nervous system. During a sound healing session, also known as a sound bath, you'll typically lie down on the floor or on a yoga mat and simply listen and absorb as a practitioner plays a variety of instruments on and off the body as you "bathe" in the soothing sounds and vibrations.
Each instrument serves a different purpose. Womb drum reproduces the sound and vibrations of a heartbeat experienced by us back in our mother's womb. Crystal bowls, for example are tuned to the notes of the seven chakras. The gong is said to help release tension in the body and stimulates the glandular and nervous system.
Pythagoras "the father of music" discovered musical intervals that could heal, using sound and harmonic frequencies. He was the first person to prescribe music as medicine. He opened the door to the science behind sound healing. One amazing historical example of sound healing is the sound chambers created by the ancient Egyptians in the pyramids. Today we find a resurgence of the medicine of ancient past, the healing power of music.