The postpartum experience is different for every mother. For some, recovery is relatively quick and simple. But for most, there are lingering physical and mental symptoms that must be addressed in order to continue moving forward.
Could something called “sound healing” be the key to your recovery?
What is Sound Healing?
When it comes to our five senses, sound may be one of the more underrated of the bunch. While we’re acutely aware of sight (roughly 90 percent of the information transmitted to the brain is visual), smells, tastes, and even touch, sound isn’t always giving the same level of perceptivity that it deserves. But truth to be told, it’s an extremely important sense that many believe has the power to heal.
“Sound healing is an ancient meditative practice that uses different musical implements to create healing vibrations around the body in a meditative state,” Wellset explains. “Singing Bowl Therapists, for example, use Quartz crystal bowls and Gongs tuned at strategic frequencies for healing different parts of the body and mind.”
Sound healing can be traced all the way back to ancient cultures. In ancient Greece, for example, music was regularly used in an attempt to cure people from mental disorders and illnesses. In 12th century Tibet, sound therapy was used as part of meditation and rituals to calm people and establish a sense of mindfulness. And throughout much of history, music and other sounds have been utilized to boost morale in military companies, ward off evil spirits, and even increase productivity in businesses.
Different people have their own opinions on why and how sound therapy works. One theory is that sounds shift frequencies from low energy feelings and experiences (like fear and guilt) to much higher vibrations of joy, love, and peace. In doing so, it releases “energetic blockages,” which induces harmony in the body.
Regardless of the specifics, all sound therapists agree that the power of sound to heal lies in its vibrations. Since the adult body is roughly 75 percent water – which is a great conductor for sound vibrations – sound is able to produce some pretty profound effects. As these vibrations move throughout different areas of the body, they encourage energy flow and facilitate circulation. This experience activates “destress” responses in the body, which melt tension and promote a sense of balance.
While every person responds differently, sound healing is known to yield benefits like lower stress, lower blood pressure, and improved sleep. As such, it’s the perfect option for women going through postpartum recovery.
When used as part of a postpartum recovery plan, sound therapy can help stimulate the mind and body in ways that are difficult to reach with other therapeutic techniques like acupuncture. It dissolves worry and fear, while helping exhausted mothers get the restorative sleep they need. In other words, it gives new mothers the energy and balance they need to be there for their newborns.
Common Sound Healing Techniques
Sound healing comes in all different methods and packages. Some mothers resonate with one technique more than another. Having said that, here are a few to consider:
Tuning Fork Therapy. This form of therapy utilizes carefully calibrated metal tuning forks that can be used in the energetic field around the body, on either side of the head, on the chakras, or even on reflex points on the bottom of the feet. These tuning forks emit feeling frequencies that naturally encourage the body to entrain and develop resonance with that vibration. Because nature is very efficient, all it takes is very small frequency vibrations to specific areas of the body and it can be effortlessly eased from one state to the other.
Binaural Beats. This method uses two tones played in each ear. The tones are slightly different, yet so similar that the listener perceives them as being the same. Varying hertz levels can be utilized for different purposes. Lower binaural beats are used for the purposes of relaxation, sleep, and meditation. Higher-level beats are ideal for increasing attention and focus. The best part is, binaural beats can be played in the comfort of your own home. Just grab a pair of headphones and try a quick 30-minute session.
Music therapy. For women suffering from postpartum depression (or even for those who feel they may be prone to postpartum depression), music therapy can promote healing and provide opportunities to enhance awareness, develop coping skills, support healthy feelings and thoughts, and cultivate a sense of control over life.
Give Your Body What it Needs
In a world that’s reliant on prescription medication, painkillers, and invasive procedures, sometimes the key to healing is much simpler. By stripping away the toxicity and focusing on our core bodily responses, we can promote faster and more efficient healing as part of a larger postpartum recovery regimen. Sound healing can and should play a role in this process!