Research exists to support my personal and clinical experience that chanting can synchronize the brain waves to achieve profound states of relaxation.
If we accept that sound is vibration, and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is “heard” not only through our ears but through every cell in our body. The sound of our voices, entrained with the sound of the singing bowl, permeates our entire being. Our pulse rate slows, and our breath is restored to its normal rhythm. We enter a state of consciousness that allows us to witness our lives from a calmer, more meditative perspective.Mitchell Gaynor – Sounds of Healing
After experiencing the power of sound himself and witnessing its power among his patients; Dr. Gaynor needed to understand the science behind this power. He spent much time researching and reviewing the work of other sonic scientists. Among his findings:
Healing chants and music have measurable physiological effects- Chants, according to the research of
At Southern Methodist University, research psychologist Dr. Mark Rider studies the powerful influence of music and imagery on the immune system.
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, at the California Institute of Neuro-Acoustic Research, studies the physical effects of the singing bowls and other sound frequencies.
Dr. Gaynor’s work is originally from 1956. Yet how many of us have even heard about this research? Advances and research in sound healing
This is why Sonic Catharsis is dedicated to rooting out that research, to finding the data that supports my very own, very visceral experiences. I hope you will continue to enjoy this sonic journey for yourself.