a c ip T l by Lisa Hogan, MD

here is a tendency toward harmony in nature. This is refl ected in resonance and entrainment, the principles of sound and rhythm. Every atom, molecule, tissue,

organ, being, object, etc. has a natural vibrational motion at its own natural frequency and is associated with a standing wave pattern that has overtones or harmonics. When one object vibrating at the natural frequency of a second object causes that second object to vibrate, this is known as reso- nance. Entrainment is a type of resonance and is universal. It is the tendency for two or more rhythmic cycles to synchro- nize. In other words, two or more objects with an oscillation or frequency become locked in phase so that they vibrate in harmony. Entrainment is seen in many systems including chemistry,

pharmacology, biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, astronomy, architecture and more. Entrainment was fi rst described by Christian Huygens, a Dutch scientist, in 1665. Huygens was working on the design of a pendulum clock and noticed that when two pendulums were placed near to each other, swinging at different rates, eventually they would end up swinging at the exact same rate in unison. These are just a few of the principles or ideas behind sound therapy. Music has the potential to entrain rhythmically, melodically and psychologically. Nikola Tesla famously said, “If you want to fi nd the secrets

of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibra- tion.” Einstein further elaborated on vibration, stating, “What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been lowered as to be perceptible to the senses.” In other words, everything is made of energy and vibration, and has fre- quency. Sound therapy dates back to the beginnings of human civilization and was a primary tool of shamanism. Sound ther- apy is the process of using music, sound and vibration to assist healing and to support wellness. Because sound is vibration, it is “heard” not only with the ears, but throughout the body, in every cell. It permeates our entire being, connecting us to the rhythms and harmonics of the universe. Water is a far better sound conductor than air, and the

large water content of the body makes it an excellent con- ductor of sound and vibration. Many studies have demon- strated the health benefi ts of music, sound and vibration. Music has been shown to lower blood pressure; lower heart

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and respiratory rates; reduce cardiac complications; increase the immune response; decrease stress hormones; and boost the body’s production of natural opiates. Perhaps one of the more profound effects of sound and music is the ability to synchronize or entrain brain waves to achieve a deep state of relaxation, similar to that of an experienced meditator. Brainwaves in the delta or theta range have been shown to be associated with accelerated healing. To summarize, these are some of the theories and demon-

strable reasons for why sound therapy works: tissue resonance affects the cells; music acts as a distraction; it lowers stress by causing relaxation and decreasing stress hormones; sound works by breaking the cycle of pain and anxiety; the effects are related to the release of oxytocin, nitric oxide and endoge- nous opiates, which all lead to a more relaxed state; music has the effect of entraining brain waves to achieve a more relaxed state; a relaxed state leads to accelerated healing. When integrated as part of a total approach to wellness, music can improve health and quality of life. After all, the ultimate goal of healing is to create harmony out of disharmony. Sound therapy will be coming soon to Youthologie in

the form of the Feeltone sound massage bed and monolinas (which are smaller, more portable versions of the sound bed), all used for meditation and wellness. The sound bed is a bed-sized stringed instrument that is used to create a holistic sound massage experience. The person receiving the treatment lies on the sound board of the instrument, and the strings of the instrument are played to weave an endless sound carpet that vibrates and reverberates through the entire body. The strings have a deep, calming sound with harmonic overtones. Other instruments and sounds such as tuning forks, crystal ringing bowls, bells, temple cymbals, gongs, etc. can be incorporated to further enhance the experience. There are plans to offer other sound-based and light-based treatments in the future, such as tuning the human biofi eld through the use of sound and light/color to affect acupunc- ture points and channels and the major chakras. For information, contact Lisa Hogan, MD at Youthologie

Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine. Phone 919-847-1495 or visit

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