Many effective alternative approaches to healing are being revived in modern medicine. The vast majority of these approaches date back thousands of years, spanning cultures that reach across the entire globe. One such practice is known as “sound healing.” This approach to restoring balance to the body has maintained a strong presence throughout time and across many different belief systems as well. The practice nearly vanished in the western parts of the world by the 1930’s; however, acoustic researchers quickly revived its potential when it came to the healing arts.
The Roots Go Deep
The first known culture to use sound healing reaches back to the Aboriginal tribes that first appeared in regions of Australia. Their use of this technology dates back nearly 40,000 years. Research indicates that they used the technique to heal muscle tears, mend broken bones, and address all sorts of other conditions for long periods of time. The practice continued in ancient Egyptian cultures, using handcrafted instruments as a means to produce the harmonic vibrations necessary to encourage healing in the body. In general, the practice relies on the fact that sound waves are, in essence, vibrations that pass through the body which can potentially encourage healing. The idea is not very far-fetched when you consider the fact that ultrasounds and other modern-day medical procedures rely heavily on sound wave technology as well.
A School Unlike Any Other
While these thoughts may sound quite mystical to the contemporary, logical thinker, some of the original founders of mathematics and logical thought gave credence to such ideas as these. The famous Greek mathematician Pythagoras is given credit as being the father of music therapy. He founded the Pythagoras Mystery School where students were instructed in the healing properties and calming effects of music that could be observed in patients suffering from all kinds of ailments that originated in both the body and the mind. This school, established on Crotona, primarily relied on the flute and the lyre as their sources of music that could produce healing sound waves.
Chanting and Beyond
The central idea that this great philosopher explored in regards to music therapy is the concept of the monochord and the intervals that came in between the resonances. He specifically referred to the practice as “musical medicine,” pushing his studies further as his school of thought continued to grow. Students were instructed in the use of chants performed in unison that were deliberately constructed to perform specific types of healing. The applications that this Greek teacher developed delved primarily into psychology, being used to “cure the passions of the psyche.” Teachings such as his are still alive and well in “New Age” approaches to medicine and healing. These schools of thought expand the idea of healing musical vibrations as far as the actual resonance of star, planets, and other celestial bodies surrounding us.