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SOUND HEALING - How can it help?

A good summary of what "sound healing" is and does, from The Association of Sound Therapy, a Spanish organization of professionals founded in order to establish standards in the practice of sound therapy in Spain.

Article published in Psychology Today on sound healing, discussing how vibrational therapy or meditation offers potential therapeutic benefits with low to minimal side effects.

An impressive rigorous scientific study concluding, e.g., that singing bowl meditation significantly reduces feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, as well as physical pain, and increase spiritual and emotional well-being. 

SOUND HEALING - What can it help?

Remarkable scientific study that concludes that sound therapy can reduce autistic symptoms, increase social interaction, communication, and reduce stereotypical movements, and can be used as an effective treatment for autistic children    

An interview with trailblazer Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a leading oncologist who has pioneered new strategies, including sound healing, for the treatment and prevention of cancer.    

A rigorous scientific research concluding that Drumming has applications as beneficial complementary addiction therapy, particularly for repeated relapse and when other counseling modalities have failed.

A clinical study of people with fibromyalgia found that ten treatments (twice per week for five weeks) of low-frequency sound stimulation improved sleep and decreased pain, allowing nearly three-fourths of participants to reduce pain medication.

A scientific review concluding that tuning forks Sound Therapy, using calibrated metal tuning forks to apply specific vibrations to different parts of the body, may help relieve muscle and bone pain.

A scientific review by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that The live elements of music such as rhythm, breath, and parent-preferred lullabies may affect physiologic function (eg, heart and respiratory rates, O2 saturation levels, and activity levels) and developmental function (eg, sleep, feeding behavior, and weight gain) in premature infants.

A 2005 official Resolution from the Arizona Congress  (Resolution 6, by the Senate with the House of Representatives concurring), recognizing the teachings, wisdom, and compassion of Yogi Bhajan and his SuperHealth program, which incorporated Kundalini yoga with extended gong sessions, to treat thousands of recovering drug addicts. In its first year of operation, the Superhealth program distinguished itself as being in the top 10% of all treatment programs throughout the U.S, with an astounding recovery rate of 91%.

On SOUND - Miscellaneous

I play handmade (not machined) hand-hammered bowls from the Himalayan region, and use almost exclusively antique bowls (between 100 and 300 years old).  This is a very good video showing the essence of this very specific centuries-old traditional crafting art. 

Also hand hammered, traditional Gamelan gongs are incredible instruments.  Here's a video of a gong making factory in Bogor, Java, Indonesia.    

Fascinating and hip short film by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg. “Foli” is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke tribe in West Africa.  Africa IS the cradle for all rhythms.

Absolutely brilliant short film by Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and Ola Simonsson. We've all drummers played on kitchen sinks, drinking glasses, and plastic bottles.  These guys brought it to a new level.

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