The Effects of Sonic Vibration for Sound Healing on Body
The 29th Symposium on Life Information Science March 20-21.2010,Yokohama National University, Japan
Keiichiro KITA1 Yasuharu NAKAMURA2 Akiko SAITOU3 Naoko SAKAMOTO3
1The Society for Harmonic Science (Tokyo, Japan)
2Professor Emeritus, Showa University (Tokyo, Japan)
3Accredited Therapist, The Society for Harmonic Science (Tokyo, Japan)
All human beings equally spend about 10 months in our mothers’ wombs, listening to the mothers’ heart beats. During this time, we evolve in terms of our physical state, rapidly experiencing the 3 billion years of the evolutionary process taken by living species on Earth. About 4 and half months into pregnancy, babies acquire aural functions; they start to recognize their mothers’ heart beats as sounds of a safe environment and accumulate the experience into the memory structures of the subconscious mind. Dr. Lee Salk and his group at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center revealed that, in a study of 102 new-born infants who continuously listened to adult heart beats (75BPM, 85db), 70% of the infants gained body weights, were mentally soothed, and cried for less amounts of time than the other babies.
Even after we grow into adults, repetitive listening to slow and stable sounds enables us to feel secure and relaxed. By resonating such sounds inside the human body via Sonic Vibration, human beings experience an even larger degree of relief from anxiety, enhanced blood circulation, more warmth in the body limb parts, and greater relaxation, possibly remembering the sounds they once listened to while in their mothers’ wombs. In literature, we can find this in Kenji Miyazawa’s tale “Gauche, the Cellist,” where the sounds of Gauche’s cello resonate into the bodies of rats and raccoons, thereby enhancing the forest animals’ blood circulation and healing them from illnesses.
Sound waves travel at a speed of 340m per second in air, but they travel at 1500m per second within water. Even more, they travel at more than 5000m per second within solids, such as metals and bones.
Within the mediums that allow fast transmission, sound waves are more likely to retain their energies and travel to their surroundings. As human bodies are made up of bones and about 70% water, they are great mediums for sound resonation. Sounds that enter into the body ripple through body cells, one by one, in the form of waves and travel through bones and body fluids. In other words, the sounds massage the body at the cell level with high quality sonic vibrations of 20 to 2000 times per second. Sounds of low frequencies at about 27.5Hz to 220Hz resonate better in the chest, abdomen, and lower limbs, as compared to the head; in fact, sounds of the cello that move listeners’ hearts are resonating at this low frequency range. Therefore, cellists themselves not only receive sound information from their ears via air vibration, they also receive information through their bones and the water within the hands and other body parts that are in direct contact with the cello via body-sonic vibrations.
The development of Sonic Vibration instruments was initiated by the bone conduction theory asserted by Dr. Hideo Itokawa, who also plays the cello, and the development specifically aims at reproducing physically comfortable low-frequency sounds as direct body-sonics instead of air vibrations. In 1992, Kita, a co-author here and one of the main developers of Sonic Vibration instruments, devised a Sonic Vibration instrument that could be used for manipulative therapy, and subsequent smaller and improved versions of the instrument are now well received in medical, welfare, nursing, and beauty industries as a tool for assisting complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and beauty enhancement regimens. Kita’s compact-size Sonic Vibration system can be used either by a therapist holding it in the hand and applying it to a client’s respective body parts or by the client applying it to the body parts themselves while resting on a sofa or bed.
Responses from about 700 users of the compact-size Sonic Vibration instrument revealed that many of them felt qualitative improvements in metabolism: a lighter body, better state of the skin for make-up, lighter feeling of the legs/feet, less swelling of legs, warmer limbs, etc. Quantitative data were also taken – this report includes previously unreleased physical effects of the Sonic Vibration instrument applied by therapists in terms of changes in facial moisture content and skin temperature of hands and feet. On average, moisture content of the forehead improved from 30.3% to 42.9%, cheeks from 33.9% to 37.2%, and chin from 33.9% to 41.4%. Meanwhile, temperature of the palm rose from 29.67 to 31.42 °C, tip of the first toe from 21.40 to 23.50 °C, base of the first toe from 22.80 to 24.65 °C, and tip of second toe from 21.20 to 24.85 °C. We inferred that the above improvements in metabolism resulted from the fact that sound waves of Sonic Vibration resonated through fluids inside and outside the body cells and the blood. This suggests the future possibility of Sonic Vibration contributing towards physical health by allowing human beings to maintain their health by making use of their own intrinsic potential instead of resorting to medicinal support.
Keywords: body sonic, sound healing, healing vibration, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
Contact: Keiichiro KITA and Yasuharu NAKAMURA
The Society for Sound Healing,
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