Haven Yoga Meditation explains the many benefits of sound healing using crystal bowls.
Everything has a vibrational frequency, and everything vibrates at different frequencies, including ourselves. There are many external and internal factors that can disrupt your vibrational balance such as stress, sleep, and diet.
Sound healing is the best way to bring back that vibrational balance and stabilise fluctuating brainwaves. Crystals themselves emit their own vibrations and using crystal bowls for sound meditations creates a range of sounds at various frequencies that help to restore your mind’s vibrational frequency. Did you know that you have a crystal in your pineal gland? This interacts with the crystal bowls and can bring about epigenetic changes in your body that can improve your overall health and well-being.
Brainwaves & Sound Waves – Brain & Body Science
As stated before, everything has a vibrational frequency at different rates. Our brains can emit different frequencies depending on our state of body and mind.
Sound meditation aims to recreate Theta brainwave frequencies to induce a deep meditative state and bring about peace, a clear mind and intuition. This is called brainwave entrainment where the brain can attune its fluctuating brainwaves to the sound’s vibrational frequency after a certain amount of time, just 5 to 10 mins into a sound healing session.
Different bowls have different sound frequencies which can help you shift from different brainwave states. These are Beta, our awake state; Alpha, our relaxed state; Theta, a deep meditative state; and finally, Delta, our sleep state.
Binaural beats are the phenomenon of hearing two different tones in each ear and hearing the third tone. This third sound is called a binaural beat and is your brain’s mathematical perception of the difference between the first two frequencies.
Binaural beats were discovered by physicist and meteorologist, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, in 1839. At the time, this was one of Dove’s least important findings, but its importance was discovered in the 1970s by Dr Gerald Oster who found that people had varied sensitivity to binaural beats.
Binaural beats are one way to bring about brainwave entrainment. By combining two sound frequencies, a third sound frequency is produced to create a phantom wave at a much lower tone.
Low tone frequencies may help slow down brain activity to help us meditate, relax, sleep, or even relieve pain.
The Secret Life of Cells
Epigenetics is the study of how our environment and behaviours can affect the way our genes function. Our lifestyle and environment can put pressure on our bodies than can cause mostly reversible changes to the way our DNA is read ultimately altering its gene expression. These changes are unavoidable as epigenetic changes begin before we are born and is often to the benefit of our health.
Cells are the building blocks of life, and we can do little things such as sound meditation to ensure they’re in optimal health and not diseased.
Brainwaves in Detail and How They Affect the Brain
There are five types of brainwaves: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. To bring about brain entrainment, use binaural beats that match each desired level of a brainwave.
Delta is the slowest of all brainwaves and occurs when you’re in a deep, restorative sleep state. These brainwaves measure at a range of 0.1-4 Hz.
Theta brainwaves are close to the spectrum of Delta brainwaves. These are slower than other brainwaves and measure at around 4-8 Hz and help with meditation and sleep during REM.
Alpha brainwaves are due to a relaxed state of mind where you aren’t thinking as much. These brainwaves are measured at around 7-14 Hz and may help with relaxation and stress reduction.
Beta brainwaves are measured at 12-38 Hz and occur when you are awake and engaged. Sounds at this frequency may help with concentration and may increase your energy levels.
Gamma is the fastest of all brainwaves and can oscillate to up 100 Hz and occurs when you are fully focused on a task. It’s often hard to measure Gamma frequencies as they oscillate so fast but can be found to be around 30-50 Hz.
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