What is Vibroacoustic Therapy?

As far back as history can show, low frequency vibrations have been used to treat various conditions within the body. Australian aboriginals, Tibetan monks, Native Americans, African tribes, Shaman and Gregorian Chants have been known to use sound in this way. These are just a small example of how the human race have been exploring the powers of sound and harnessing its power to control the body and the mind.

Low frequency toning was used to calm the mind. Drumming and chanting were used to put the mind in a state of trance and also used to excite and mentally prepare warriors before war.

We are now beginning to see and study the true powers of sound. Scientists have shown how to explode cancer cells with sound. Researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultra sound technology that clears the brain from plaque that is responsible for the memory loss and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients. In Israel they have successfully completed heart surgery, performing a cardiac catheterization using sound waves. Doctors have successfully used ultrasound to treat prostate cancer in a new study, providing a new alternative to surgery.

So how do we maintain our bodies and correct them before “dis-ease” eases its way in?

This is where the use of vibroacoustic therapy and treatments begin.

Between 1968 and 1980 Olav Skille studied the use of low frequency vibration as a treatment for developmentally delayed children. He used sinusoidal sound waves between 30hz and 120hz. The treatment included a single frequency with the amplitude modulating between 6 to 8 seconds, to create a pulsing sensation. His first prototype was introduced in 1980. Since then, further studies, research, development in products have been made. Vibroacoustic technology can now be found in hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, old age homes, health clubs and alternative health centres all over the world.

Vibroacoustic technology is a therapy that uses low frequency transducers, or speakers, built into a chair, bed, massage table, cushions, pillows and stuffed animals. The low frequency vibrates through the medium and into the body. Since sound moves through solid objects (bones and muscles) and 10 times faster through water (we are made up of 70-80% water) the human body is a sponge soaking up vibrations. And since everything in our body and in the universe vibrates, and has a resonant frequency, it is very important for us to receive positive stable vibrations and not the chaotic forms surrounding today’s technology and the sources disrupting our connection to natures vibration.

With the human body being so sensitive to sound and frequencies, vibroacoustic sound wave therapy focuses on the physical parts of the body as well as the mental parts of the body. It sends energy between cells, stimulating cells and neural pathways, and clearing blockages. It changes brainwave frequencies that can help patients relax and bring awareness to the body.

Studies show that physiologically it reduces oxygen consumption, decreases blood pressure, slows heart rate, slows respiration rate, relaxes muscles, increases blood flow, strengthen muscles, improve range of motion and reduces pain. Mentally vibroacoustic therapy clears the mind from anxiety, reduces stress, enhances creativity and creates peace within the body.

“Music is a form of behaviour which is unique for the species of human beings and is used for emotional communication”

– Olave Skille

Everyone can benefit from vibroacoustic therapy. We begin to feel what it’s like to communicate with ourselves, re-connecting the mind and body creating a coherence between the heart and brain. It relieves any physical and mental discomfort relaxing our entire system. It is an aid to help people meditate, and for the experienced meditator it takes meditation to another level. With life feeling so demanding at times and finding it hard to escape all of life’s chaotic frequencies, vibroacoustic technology provides us the relief and release to create harmony within the body down to the cellular level. It is an internal massage for the soul.

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Health coaching is the use of evidence-based skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage client/patients in health behaviour change. Health coaches are certified to safely guide clients and patients who may have chronic conditions or those at moderate to high risk for chronic conditions. -wikipedia

The process is done in a private one-on-one setting, either over the phone or through video calls. Your coach provides space for you to explore and create awareness of the habits and choices you are making without judgement. Through this awareness you are then able to make conscious choices, decisions and actions based on the way you want to be feeling and the goals you have for yourself. Creating small, attainable weekly action steps will move you forward, building momentum and increasing motivation.

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A health coach is able to help you learn, give you feedback, hold you accountable, and push you to be better.

​Health coaching is not a one size fits all solution, but a personalized plan that is unique to your needs and healing journey. You work together with your coach to determine what is best for you based on your goals. When things don’t go as planned, you and your coach are able to go back to the drawing board and figure out a new action to keep you moving toward your goals.

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Often time coaches are certified in many other modalities as well. This can help provide support in other areas that need nourishment along the way, helping you achieve your goals faster and more efficiently.

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What is Sound Therapy?

Sound healing therapy uses aspects of music to improve your physical and emotional health and well-being. The person being treated partakes in the experience with a trained sound healing practitioner.

Sound healing may involve:

listening to music

singing along to music

moving to the beat of the music


playing an instrument

There are different types of sound therapy, including vibrational sound therapy, which uses special sounds that produce vibrations thought to improve brain waves.

Healing with sound is believed to date back to ancient Greece, when music was used in an attempt to cure mental disorders. Throughout history, music has been used to boost morale in military troops, help people work faster and more productively, and even ward off evil spirits by chanting. More recently, research has linked music to a number of health benefits, from boosting immune function and lowering stress levels to improving the health of premature babies.

Types of sound therapy

There are a few different types of sound therapy, each with different benefits, though not all have been proven.

Vibroacoustic therapy

Vibration is believed to affect your body’s functions, such as blood pressure and breathing. Vibroacoustic therapy uses audible sound vibrations to improve health and reduce stress. This type of sound therapy involves using speakers embedded in recliners, mattresses, and special mats to transmit music and sound vibrations directly to the body. There’s some evidence to support its benefits, specifically its ability to promote relaxation and reduce pain and symptoms in people with cancer and those recovering from surgery.

Guided meditation

Guided meditation is a form of sound healing in which you meditate to voiced instruction, either in a session or class, or using a video or app. Meditation can involve chanting or repeating mantras or prayers.

Research has found that meditation offers a number of health benefits, including:

stress reduction

decreased anxiety and depression

improved memory

reduced blood pressure

pain reduction

lower cholesterol

decreased risk for heart disease and stroke

Neurologic music therapy

Music therapy can reduce stress and promote relaxation. It’s been shown to be more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety levels before surgery. A study published in 2017 found that a 30-minute music therapy session combined with traditional care after spinal surgery reduced pain. Music therapy is administered by a credentialed provider who assesses the individual’s needs. Treatment involves creating, listening, singing, or moving to music. It’s used for physical rehab, pain management, and brain injuries.

Bonny method

Named after Helen L. Bonny, PhD, the Bonny method of guided imagery and music uses classical music and imagery to help explore personal growth, consciousness, and transformation. A 2017 study showed promising evidence that a series of sessions could improve psychological and physiological health in adults with medical and mental health needs.


This sound healing method is delivered by skilled musicians who complete the Nordoff-Robbins two-year master’s program. They use music familiar to those being treated, create new music together, or work toward a performance. This approach is used to treat children with developmental delays and their parents, mental health, learning difficulties and autism, dementia, and other conditions.

Singing bowl therapy

Singing bowl therapy dates back to the 12th century and has been used for meditation and rituals in Tibetan culture. Metal bowls produce a deep, penetrating sound that’s used to relax and repair the mind. A 2016 study found that singing bowl meditation reduced stress, anger, depression, and fatigue. All of these things are known to impact physical health and raise the risk for disease, suggesting that singing bowl therapy may be good for your physical, as well as emotional, well-being.

Tuning fork therapy

Tuning fork therapy uses calibrated metal tuning forks to apply specific vibrations to different parts of the body. This can help release tension and energy and promote emotional balance. It supposedly works similarly to acupuncture, using sound frequencies for point stimulation instead of needles. There is some research suggesting that tuning fork therapy may help relieve muscle and bone pain.

Brainwave entrainment

Also known as binaural beats, this method stimulates the brain into a specific state using pulsing sound to encourage your brain waves to align to the frequency of the beat. It’s supposed to help induce enhanced focus, entranced state, relaxation, or sleep. Though more research is needed, there’s some evidence that audible brainwave entrainment reduces anxiety, pain, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and improves behavioral problems in children.

What sound healing treats

Sound healing is used to treat symptoms of a number of conditions, including:

anxiety disorders


post-traumatic stress disorder


autism and learning difficulties

behavioral and psychiatric disorders


Some of the supposed benefits of sound healing include:

lowers stress

decreases mood swings

lowers blood pressure

lowers cholesterol levels

teaches pain management

lowers risk for coronary artery disease and stroke

improves sleep

How it works

Sound healing uses different aspects of sound to improve your emotional and physical well-being. How it works depends on the method of sound healing therapy being used. Most sound healing sessions are experienced one-on-one with a specially trained practitioner.

A session may involve sitting or lying down while listening to music or sounds from a speaker or instruments, or having vibrations applied using a special tool, such as a tuning fork. You may be encouraged to participate by singing, moving, even using a musical instrument, or remain still and quiet to let the sounds take effect, depending on the method.

Sound healing instruments

Along with voice, the following are some of the different instruments used in sound healing:

singing bowls

tuning forks

pan flute



Some methods use a variety of instruments in one session, which can include a guitar, piano, or other instrument.

written by: Adrienne Santos-Longhurst

source: https://www.healthline.com/health/sound-healing

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