Concepts & Research


Describing facts and terms that underlie the concept of Infra-Sound Therapy.


SOUND AS A HEALING THERAPY


Sound has been used since ancient times for healing purposes. With the technology of the 21st century, we see many uses of sound, encompassing both high and low frequencies, as an aid to repair our physical bodies.


We use ultra-sound [high] for healing and repairing muscles, and even high-energy sound for cleaning our teeth! Lower frequency patterns, especially at specific levels, have been used to calm the mind, and to promote a sense of well-being. The use of brain wave frequencies to induce an alpha or theta [sleep] state can be very beneficial to the health, as it is during deep sleep state that much natural healing occurs.


This method addresses all levels of the body - physical, mental, emotional, chemical, neuro physical (brain/body) and cellular.


The idea of frequency as a healing tool works well as a companion to allopathic medicine and holistic practice. Sound frequencies can help to alleviate chronic as well as acute conditions, whether physical or emotional.


SOUND PERCEPTION



There are two main ways that sound affects you.


The first is called psycho-acoustics. These are sounds that go into your ears and into our brain, affecting your nervous system, including your heart rate and respiration. This can produce great therapeutic benefits and is certainly something that occurs when you listen to music, for example.


The second is called vibro-acoustics. These are sounds that go into our body and vibrate you on a cellular level. These sounds can also produce amazing effects.


While all sound (including music) that you hear have some vibro-acoustic ability, there are some sounds that in particular are extremely non-musical, yet quite excellent on vibrating the physical body. Some sounds can come from an external source (receivers/ headphones or sound bed) while others can come from an internal source. The later are the humming sounds that you produced with the mouth opened or closed, forcing the sound to emerge from the nose.

 

Humming is in fact, the most powerful self-created sound, which can produce vibro-acoustic effects, enabling the sounds to internally massage you and affecting you in the way that no other such sound can do. Thus, the simplest sounds is the most profound. 


ENTRAINMENT



The vibrational frequency of two objects in contact with each other frequently fall into sync. When the frequencies are the same, it is called resonance. But when a vibrational body of a stronger resonance influences another in its field, leading the beat, it is called entrainment.


Biomusical entrainment means body movements synchronisation (e.g. foot tapping) to an external perceived rhythm such as human music and dance. Humans are the only species for which all individuals experience entrainment. Neural entrainment on the other side, refers to the the brain's capacity to naturally synchronise its brainwave frequencies with the rhythm of periodic external stimuli (auditory, visual, or tactile).


BRAINWAVE STATES




Gamma is hyperspeed, above 40 HZ. and it is the most recently discovered frequency. Little is known about this state of mind, but initial research shows Gamma waves are associated with high-level information processing and bursts of insight. Perhaps we are evolving to adapt with our fast paced, technology-driven world?


Beta is mostly associated with concentration, cognition, alertness, and focus. This state of mind allows you to make connections quickly and come up with solutions and ideas. It is great for creative projects and also a great state of mind for sports or physical activity that requires focused attention. The Beta wave rate is between 13-40 HZ (beats per second).


Alpha is about relaxation, imagination, visualization. This slow cycle of brain wave is 7-12 HZ (beats per second) is also associated with peace, safety and is a great state of mind for relieving stress. It is also present when people watch movies or television. It is considered a gateway to deeper realms of consciousness and the Schuman Resonance which is the resonant frequency of the earth’s electromagnetic field. This state is essential to well-being.


Theta is the state associated meditation, intuition, memory and was first noticed when EEG was applied to meditating monks. This mystical realm is elusive and mysterious since brain activity slows almost to the point of sleep, but not quite. This state brings heightened receptivity, visions, flashes of dreamlike imagery, inspiration, and your buried memories. You may feel like you are floating or that your spirit is reaching beyond the container of your body. It is 4-7 HZ. and 4.5 beats per second appears to be the most optimal for inducing this “shamanic” state of consciousness. This meditative state increases creativity, enhances learning, reduces stress and awakens intuition and other extrasensory perception skills.


Delta clocks in at about 0-4 HZ. and is pretty much where we go when we are in a deep sleep. This state is crucial for restoration of the body and healing. Delta has to do with the subconscious, the place where intuition arises.


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