June 16, 2016

Vibroacoustic Therapy

“If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, vibration and frequency.” ~Nikola Tesla

Vibroacoustic Therapy (VA Therapy) is the science, the art and the practice of combining tactile vibrations with calming music with the aim of achieving beneficial results for health, i.e. pain reduction, muscles relaxation and mind calming.

There are multiple instruments used for VA Therapy by skilful specialists. Vibrations are created by music instruments or by singing, using own voice.

The practices of Vibroacoustic Therapy have been existing since the ancient times in many civilisations, in many forms – starting from healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Mantras, prayers and overtone chanting, Yogic Kriyas, and up till Music and Voice therapy existing nowadays. The impact of the VA practices are being thoroughly studied now by the scientists worldwide. Please, see our page Science dedicated to this research.

Among one of profound life-works is the VA Therapy research independently lead in Scandinavia by Dr. Olav Skille and Petri Lehikoinen between 1970 and 1980. Dr. Skille presented a theory that builds on the work of Drs. Karel and Heda Jindrak exploring the concept that physical vibrations of sound provide an internal cleansing massage (or kriyas in yoga).

Beneficial effects, both physically and psychologically, have been shown through over 30,000 hours of research by Olav Skille. The reasons behind these effects are being scientifically studied, and it is evident that vibroacoustics triggers the relaxation response that has been shown to lead to an array of preventative health and wellness benefits.

Another dedicated research was lead by biophysicist Gerald Oster, who introduced the concept of Binaural Beat. He showed that when a tone is played in one ear and a slightly different tone is played in the other ear, the difference causes the brain to create a third, internal tone, called a binaural beat. It syncs the brain waves in both hemispheres, synchronises the brain work, bringing focus and relaxation.

There are many other scientists and practitioners who dedicated their life to sound healing. We included their stories in sections Science and Experts Interviews.

Physiologically, the relaxation response initiates the following changes, which can be called the VA Therapy benefits, here are few of them:

  • Decreases the pain, both physiological and psychological
  • Decreases anxiety and stress, fatigue and depression, nausea and headache
  • Decreases blood pressure and stimulates blood circulation
  • Slows heart rate
  • Slows respiration rate and normalises the breath
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Changes viscosity of phlegm in lungs
  • Skin surface massage and deep tissue massage
  • Deep massage of intestines (often resulting in improvement of constipation)
  • Analgesia
  • Reduces stress-hormone levels (Cortisol, Beta-endorphin and ACTH)
  • Improves quality of life
  • Improves reproduction function