Strike A Healing Chord
Better Nutrition|January 2022
Soothe your mind, body, and spirit with three simple sound therapy techniques for self-care.
By Melissa Diane Smith

During most of the first three decades of her life, Danielle Hall was “on-again, off-again sick.” After suffering from hair and tooth enamel loss, migraines, waves of malaise, chronic constipation, and skin issues, she removed gluten from her diet at age 28, and her physical health was restored.

When she later tried a sound bath— a passive experience that involves lying down while feeling vibrations and hearing sounds from gongs, Tibetan bowls, and chimes—Hall experienced even more healing, finally able to release heavy emotions that surrounded her long-undiagnosed gluten sensitivity. The sound therapy literally struck a chord in her body/mind/spirit.

Because of this profound experience, Hall studied to become a sound healing practitioner. In her training, she learned that sound therapy can be the fastest way to relax the nervous system, relieve stress, reduce pain, and process heavy emotions.

Today, nearly 10 years later, Hall’s SoundEmbrace business helps educate the public about sound healing therapy as a non-invasive, complementary tool for empowerment, health, and wellness.

Sound Healing 101

Sound healing is a vast field with many modalities, but it basically comes down to using sound vibrations—from voice or instruments—to tap into something beyond the physical, relaxing the body and the mind, and often helping people release uncomfortable emotions.

Sound healing practitioners can help you determine your most therapeutic sounds, provide regular sound “tuneups,” and guide you on protocols to help various health conditions. But you can also practice sound healing simply and inexpensively on your own.

A key point made at the 2021 Sound Healing Summit hosted by The Shift Network is that we are all unique vibrational beings and all of us can be sound healers who have the ability to experiment with different types of sound therapy to discover which ones resonate with us—if one type of sound doesn’t feel good, we can simply stop it and try others.

The following are three easily doable types of sound healing you can try at no cost in the privacy of your own home.

Humming

Humming is one of the simplest, yet most profound, sounds a person can make. Just take a few deep breaths, then hum up from your mouth through your nose with your lips closed. You can hum for 10 seconds, or hum off and on for five minutes followed by a little silence to ground yourself afterwards. For a different effect, do a quiet hum and press your fingers against your ears to create internal vibration.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM BETTER NUTRITIONView All

Strike A Healing Chord

Soothe your mind, body, and spirit with three simple sound therapy techniques for self-care.

7 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

Laura's Gourmet Granola

If you’re tired of granola that’s more candy than health food, chef and entrepreneur Laura Briscoe’s offerings are just what you’ve been looking for.

4 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

News Bites

Caffeine, Peanuts, CoQ10, and Iron Deficiency.

4 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

The Overlooked Keys to a Healthy Gallbladder

Keep your bile thin and free-flowing by focusing on supportive foods, supplements, and physical activity.

6 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

Go Nutty This Year

This über-healthy alternative to traditional lattes features homemadewalnut “mylk,” along with antioxidant-rich green tea and berries.

5 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

The Three Stages of Infection

What you need before, during and after an illness, and why you need different fixes for each stage.

6 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

Taming the Flames

How to beat back chronic inflammation and protect yourself from related disease.

6 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

Deconstructing the Flexitarian Diet

How being a part-time vegan can make you healthier.

4 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

Brain Regain

How one senior used a leptin-focused diet (high-fat, no carbs) to recover from a cognitive injury, reconnect with his family, and reclaim his health.

4 mins read
Better Nutrition
January 2022

Healthy Aging— Head To Toe

Science-backed supplements to protect all your parts.

5 mins read
Better Nutrition
December 2021