Everybody reacts to different kinds of sounds in a different way. Your body may react differently to sounds produced by a jackhammer and the sounds produced by trickling water from a stream. There are studies that say that sounds can reduce stress when used in the right way.
Sound therapists believed that the body is made up of sound frequencies. They said that this is why music from a piano can make the body relax and sounds from loud noises can make the body more stressed. In the year 2000, sound therapy was first introduced as a way to lessen stress and promote relaxation. Therapists use tools such as Himalayan bowls to create a calming atmosphere to their clients. These bowls are like bells that Asians used thousands of years ago in the Himalayas so that they can improve their meditation and prayers.
Therapy sessions work the same way. A therapist will ask you if you have a previous medical condition, or current health problems so that they can administer the right treatment. You will be asked to lie down, and you will be covered with a sheet up to your neck. Normally, there are incense and candles around you to create a relaxing atmosphere. The therapist tells you to focus on your breathing, relax your muscles and clear your mind. You will then be asked to listen to the sounds that are coming from the therapist. The tools that are commonly used in a sound therapy session are tuning forks, human voice, bells, bowls, drums and gongs. These sounds are called “pure” sounds by therapists that help rebalance the body. People who have been in sound therapy said they can literally hear the sounds of winter, autumn and summer. These sessions generally last between 30 – 45 minutes.
The therapy can balance your emotions, can help the mind to calm down, and can bring a relaxed feeling that lasts for days. The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) has studies that show how sound can positively impact people who have stress disorders, chronic pain, mild depression, and arthritis. This therapy directly impacts the autonomous nervous system or ANS. ANS is responsible on how we respond to stress. Decrease in arousal to the ANS was noted to the clients who have undergone sound therapy. Another study conducted by BAST says that clients who have undergone sound therapy are more relaxed and they have low stress levels compared to the people who are just relaxing without therapy.
You can try this therapy and see if it works for you. You can also do your own further research about this and ask people who have undergone therapy about their experiences.