Dr. Hans Selye, “the father of stress” was an endocrinologist in 1950’s who did research on the response of organisms to stress. He determined that stress is the underlying cause of all illness and dis-ease. His research was taken a step further by Dr. Herbert Benson.

Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard’s Mind Body Institute , has studied stress reduction for 35 years.  Dr. Benson found that stress causes blockages physical or emotional.  Dr. Benson found that stress reduction was essential to creation of health.  He coined the phrase “relaxation response”.  He defines this as “a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress for example, decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.” He also found that regular elicitation of the relaxation response has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress-related disorders. In fact, to the extent that any disease is caused or made worse by stress, the relaxation response is essential to healing it.

Stress-related disorders are problems, both emotional and physical, that have been studied and determined to be either caused by or exacerbated by stress. Though not yet scientifically documented but rapidly becoming understood by many professionals in the natural health care industry, stress is the root cause of all illness. Stress is merely one’s perception of information being absorbed at a particular point in time. American’s have come to accept that stress is a natural part of life. This is not true. One’s perception of a situation or event as being stressful can be altered permanently by Tibetan Bowl Therapy as well as the One Brain® process. (see The One Brain®System) Below is a list of a few of the conventionally documented stress related disorders. Remember, that this is just what science can document with research but really the list is unlimited. If you have a symptom that won’t go away, it has it’s roots in stress and conscious, subconscious and cellular memory.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictive tendencies
  • Test anxiety
  • Overeating
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • MS
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bone cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer (many other forms of cancer)
  • Essential hypertension
  • Palpitations
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Reynaud’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Dyslexia
  • Concentration problems, ADD, ADHD, other learning disabilities

Because the singing bowls elicit, effortlessly, the relaxation response, this form of therapy can have a profound healing influence on these and any other illness.

The sound travels first to the ear and into the brain to quickly change brainwave patterns from beta (waking state) to alpha/theta where brain hemisphere synchronization can be obtained. In his book, “Thresholds of the Mind”, author Bill Harris discusses the how human brains generally live in an unbalanced state that creates stress. He relates that in virtually all people the two halves of the brain are “lateralized”. Brain lateralization means that the two hemispheres are not working in a balanced state (synchronized), The greater the lateralization, the greater the feelings of separation, fear, stress, anxiety and isolation which are the deeply rooted causes of physical and emotional disease. In its extreme form a lateralized, unbalanced brain results in behavior commonly described as “dysfunctional” or addictive. The more the two halves of the brain are retrained to be synchronized, ( increase in communication and therefore work in a balanced state) the more good health returns, and creativity, productivity, learning, and memory abilities increase.

It is a combination between the sound of the bowl through the ear, over the eardrum and into the brain and the vibration of the bowl through the flesh of the body that causes the harmonizing, de-stressing effect of the bowls. The bowl practitioner taps the bowls in specific intervals and makes them sing with a tool rubbed along the edge of the bowl creating an entrancing energy. Each bowl will vibrate and sing a different predominate note from the music scale A, B, C, D, E, F, or G. Each note is coordinated with a specific chakra and each chakra is directly associated with a certain endocrine gland. Further benefit from the bowls is received via the chakra system and then directly into the endocrine system. This causes balancing of the endocrine glands which affect every function of the body.

In April 2009, Massage Magazine published another article on the healing benefits of sound as a new-old method of healing. Author, Zacciah Blackburn relates how sound healing is a rapidly rising field that straddles both ancient and modern technologies. He discusses how sound is being used to address ADD and ADHD, autism, depression and other extensive health issues . Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. also mentioned in the article for his work with sound in cancer treatment, continues to document remarkable improvement rates using sound with his patients.

Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. is a New York Oncologist who has written a book called “The Healing Power of Sound”. Dr. Gaynor does not take on a new patient unless they are willing to engage in sound therapy including therapy done with bowls. In all his years of experience he has seen more improvement with patients when he utilizes conventional medical cancer treatment in conjunction with sound therapy consisting of chanting, music therapy and bowl therapy. His book is a must read for anyone who wants to recover from cancer while using conventional methods. In one chapter Dr. Gaynor relates the various ways in which music and sound therapy change physiology. He reports that sound therapy: reduces anxiety, heart and respiratory rates, reduces cardiac complications, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, increase of immune cell messengers, lowers stress hormones, and boost the body’s natural opiates.

An article in entitled, “A Peaceful Return to Health” published in Alternative Medicine magazine in April 2002 provides further information about the benefits of sound in healing. “Fear blocks healing. You can’t heal if you’re terrified. The first thing you’ve got to do is get to a place of peace.” Sound therapy assists release of stress and then fear. The author relates information from a sound healing researcher who reports that there is evidence that the relaxation response and brain wave entrainment into alpha/theta created by sound therapy, strengthens the immune system.

Learn more about the benefits of Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy in part 3

Missed the first part? Read the intro here. 

Author: Bethann Vetter

Bethann Vetter is a Holistic Therapist, Medium and Teacher. She uses frequency balancing tools via her Mediumship in Trance skills to locate and provide the frequencies your unique set of imbalances requires. She uses her own subtle energy body technique, Epigenetic Reprogramming to help you clear subconscious level blocks. Frequency Specific Microcurrent is used for specific cellular level healing. Classes are available in active meditation skills such as mediumship and trance healing skills. Trance Healing sessions called QHHT© are also offered. Her frequency balancing ability works similar to the way Edgar Cayce worked. She tunes in to your issues and provides you with the necessary information, substances you might need as well as adjusting your frequency to a higher harmonic level. Her work is done by appointment only at a distance or in her office in Jacksonville Beach, FL.

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