Humming for Health

Throughout ages the voice has been recognized as the most effective instrument for healing purposes. The voice carries healing energy, or intent, and when we sing and hum with love, we can bring ourselves into a state of 'harmony' resulting in health.

Ahhhhh! How relaxing!     Ummmm! That smells good!     Ohhhhh! I get it!

'Sounds' familiar? Relaxing the mind and body with sound happens without even thinking about it. What if we add a very important ingredient to these sounds for health and relaxation - healing intention?

Throughout ages the voice has been recognized as the most effective instrument for healing purposes. The voice carries healing energy, or intent, and when we sing and hum with love, we can bring ourselves into a state of 'harmony' resulting in health.

Hum for health? What is sound healing? "Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health. The dictionary defines 'harmony' as 'congruity of parts to their whole or to one another'. Every organ, bone, cell in the body has its own resonant frequency, or you could say sound, like instruments of an orchestra. One organ out of tune will affect the whole body. Through sound healing it may be possible to bring the diseased organ into harmony with the rest of the body." 1

Are we capable of creating a resonance with our own inner symphony, perhaps becoming a conductor of our own health? "The answer seems to be an increasingly obvious 'yes' as we study the body, its brainwaves, heartbeat, rhythms of blood circulation, endocrine cycles, right up to the microwave level of organ vibration." 2 The principle of entrainment explains how sound healing works: a harmonious sound will resonate a sympathetic vibration. Our atoms, molecules, cells, glands and organs all have a vibration. 3 Sound is vibration. If the body is an orchestra of vibration, singing and humming tunes the instruments!

"Humming can make a positive difference in mood and memory. Mozart hummed as he composed. Children hum when they are happy. Adults often hum tunes that go through their minds, lifting their spirits and tuning their mind. Consciously focus on humming during the day. As the sound activates your brain, you will feel more alive and your brain will feel more tuned in to the moment." 4 Humming with a focused awareness of returning the body to a state of peaceful harmony can have a dramatic effect on health and well-being.

"Humming has a powerful influence on our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Done on a daily basis it can help us relax and increase our mental and emotional clarity. I am sure that researchers will soon find, if they haven't already, that humming can greatly increase oxygenation and blood flow not just in the sinus cavities by also in the brain and elsewhere in the body." 5

A powerful form of humming is toning. Toning is the conscious elongation of a sound using the breath and voice. The vibrations help relax you, ease stress, and balance the mind and body. "In the Mozart Effect, Don Campbell, founder of the Institute of Music , Health and Education, lists the benefits of using your voice to enhance mood and memory. He says that all forms of vocalization, including singing, chanting, yodeling, humming, reciting poetry, or simply talk can be therapeutic. "Nothing rivals toning," he concludes. The word 'toning' goes back to the fourteenth century and means to make sounds with elongated vowels for extended periods of time. Ah, ou (such as in soup), ee, ay, oh and om are examples of toning sounds. Campbell writes that when people tone on a regular basis for 5 minutes a day, "I have witnessed thousands of people relax into their voices, become more centered in their bodies, release fear and other emotions, and free themselves from physical pain.I have seen many people apply toning in practical ways, from relaxing before a dreaded test to eliminating symptoms of tinnitus or migraine headaches.Toning has been effective in relieving insomnia and other sleep disorders..Toning balances brain waves, deepens the breath, reduces the heart rate and imparts a general sense of well-being." Campbell reports that in his experience certain sounds tend to have certain effects on the body and emotions:

Ahhh - immediately evokes a relaxation response

Ee or Ay - is the most stimulating of vowel sounds, helps with concentration, releasing pain and anger

Oh or Om - considered the richest of sounds, can warm skin temperature and relax muscle tension. Try toning for 5 minutes a day for 2 weeks to see if it will help you. 6

 

So relax, take a deep easy breath, focus love, and hum!

"Life can be so much fun, When we Sing and Hum"

Written by Maya


1 Simon Heather, The Healing Power of Sound, www.positivehealth.com
2 Susan Alexander, Microcosmic Music, www.healingmusic.org
3 Simon Heather, The Healing Power of Sound, www.positivehealth.com
4 Music and the Brain, 'Sing Whenever/Wherever You Can', 'Use Humming and Toning to Tune Up Your Brain', Dr. Daniel G. Amen, www.brainplace.com
5 authentic-breathing.com
6 Music and the Brain, 'Sing Whenever/Wherever You Can', 'Use Humming and Toning to Tune Up Your Brain', Dr. Daniel G. Amen, www.brainplace.com
 

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