Sound therapy primarily works through the energetic body. This therapy consists of two main streams: working with frequencies (which influence the physical body) and music therapy (which invites a richer connection to the spiritual body). Here, we present a brief overview, under the common denominator of “Sound therapy”.
Sound consists of vibrations in a certain frequency range (about 60 Hz to 20 KHz). These vibrations may be simple or very complex. Since the energetic body is about energy in motion, sound therapy mainly works through the energetic body. However, the noticable effects are primarily felt in the other bodies. The scientific study of the frequency spectrum can tell us much about which parts of the physical (and mental) body are influenced by what frequencies.
For example, sound therapy may be effective in inviting the brain wave frequencies to move towards certain target frequencies. Some available sound therapy files directly aim at calming the brain wave frequencies towards 7,8 Hz. Although this ‘pulse’ is usually masked by accompanying music, the brain nevertheless picks up the frequency. By actively training the brain to more quickly reach this “state of rest”, your brain functions will become more balanced, making more room for your brain to control the processes in your physical body.
Music has been used for millennia to stimulate health and wellbeing. It certainly is no coincidence that in ancient Greece, Apollo was the god of both medication and music. The 13th-century Persian psychologist Al-Farabi elaborated on the soul-healing power of music in his essay “The meaning of intellect”. Music as a therapy has received much interest after the first and second world wars, sometimes with very convincing results.
While sound therapy directly influences the physical body (through the energetic body), music therapy primarily influences the mental body. The effect is usually strongest with classical or traditional music. Performances of (a.o.) Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms are regarded highly as aid in treating illnesses related to neurology, fear disorders, depressions, burn-out, and other forms of psychotherapy. Oftentimes, this concerns music of which the composer himself has indicated that it ‘came to him’ while in a meditative state. In addition, the quality of the conductor, performers and the music recording and production also influence the effectiveness of the music for the healing process.
This does not automatically mean that the financial investment in music and music therapy should be compensated for by the health insurers. There are still too many unanswered questions about how music exactly influences the healing process, for what types of clients, in which circumstances.
The efficacy of music for the healing process partly depends on a person’s psychophysiological constitution (the Ayurveda’s Dosha’s). Kafa types thrive better on smooth jazz than on classical music, because Kafa is already slow and ‘heavy’ of itself. Pitta types would do well to focus on cool new age music. Gentle classical music is the best remedy for vata imbalances, since vata is about nervous movement. Since this generates the majority of all symptoms, this explains the effectiveness of classical music.