The Benefits of Sound Meditation
Sound meditation is the use of sound as a tool to cultivate and support deep relaxation. Ultimately, the purpose is to create a gentle, yet powerful, experience that heals the body, clears the mind and helps rein your attention to the present. Switch off your mind and tune into yourself.
“Grab a few work colleagues or anyone who struggles to switch off and give it a try!” – Marleese, VIC
But what are the benefits of Meditation and Sound?
There are thousands of scientific studies that prove the health benefits of meditation – it’s indisputable. Research has found that it decreases anxiety, reduces stress, increases efficiency, decreases depression, improves memory and reduces both physical and psychological pain.
Physiological benefits include a reduction in heart rate, cortisol, lactate, epinephrine and blood pressure, and an increase in melatonin, skin resistance and blood flow to the brain. On the benefits of music more broadly, a review of 400 research papers has shown that listening to music has been found to reduce levels of stress and improve the body’s immune system function. Research has also found that binaural beats – two tones played in unison at slightly different frequencies, have been found to enhance mood states and reduce anxiety levels.
Where traditional meditation requires focus and an effort to stay present, sound meditation allows the participant to stay passive and be led by the sounds and vibrations. Tuning out can be quite difficult in standard meditation – in sound meditation it’s easy to get out of your head.
In terms of Sound Meditation
Researchers have found that sound waves affect the human nervous system and decrease blood pressure more than traditional meditation does, and one study found that a low-frequency stimulation improved sleep and decreased pain in people with fibromyalgia, which allowed almost three quarters of participants to reduce their pain medication.