Vibrational Sound Healing Music History
Believe it or not, harp music therapy is nothing new. Euclid used the monochord, a single-stringed instrument, for healing in 300 BC.
The Psalter, another musical instrument from prehistory, began as a wooden board with gut strings stretched between pegs.
Music of the Psalter accompanied the readings of Old Testament—which is how the biblical book of Psalms came to be named.
Cultures around the world have used sound and music during healing rituals for centuries and vibrational sound healing can be traced back from the present day trends to many ancient civilizations including India, Africa, Europe, and the Orient.
Each culture had unique approaches specific to their region and beliefs. Harps, bells, chimes, bowls, gongs, drums, and vocal toning, chants or repetitive sound vibrations are only a few of the many vibrational sound tools that can be used for healing.
The vibrations produced by sound touches our bodies on a molecular and crystalline level. Since the body is a network of vibration fields and energy currents, each individual resonates at his or her own vibration.
Everything has is made up of energy and vibrating at different frequencies. However, when out of rhythm the result is often disease or disharmony.
Vibrational sound healing addresses imbalances or blockages of the energy channels and harp music therapy is one of the tools used in promoting harmony and through the harp’s healing music.
Today it is estimated that at least 40% of all people have tried integrative medicine—blending conventional medical treatment with alternative therapies that incorporate sound and vibration.
Although not popularly known, the soothing, healing music of harps is still found around the world and the latest research studies can be found in the Harp Therapy Journal.
Studies have found that the harp music reduces tension, causes a reduction in stress, affects heartbeat, improves pain management, and the differences between live and recorded music differences have analyzed.
Jayne Standley of Florida State University conducted studies at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and found babies exposed to the music actually left the hospital earlier than those who did not.
Other harpists, such as Sue Raimond, provide music therapy for pets and harp enrichment programs for zoo animals in notable facilities such as San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park.
Even though some people still scoff at the idea of alternative therapies, new research studies are supporting anecdotal observations that have been shared for ages.
For more information about the benefits of sound healing we invite you to visit the sites of these Sound Healing Organizations.