Frequently Asked Questions About Sound Healing Training

Will I earn a sound healing certificate?

You'll receive a Certificate of Completion once you finish our Sound Healing Certificate program.  

As of 2023, no single government agency globally certifies sound healing schools. This means that there isn’t a universally recognized standard or governing body that oversees and validates every sound healing certification. The field remains largely self-regulated, with individual schools and associations determining the curriculum and standards of practice.

How is your Academy of Sound Healing different from other sound healing schools?

Our sound healing training takes the most logical approach - starting with the physics of sound. Shockingly, other sound healing schools skip this critical foundation.  

We then cover music theory - another step ignored by most programs. Without understanding acoustics and music fundamentals, students are vulnerable to misinformation and improper healing protocols. An example: Solfeggio Frequencies and Chakra Sound Healing.

The reason? It's easy to sell fanciful, unproven techniques and "magical" instruments if students lack grounding in the science. 

An example: Solfeggio Frequencies Tuning Forks and Crystal Bowls, and Chakra Healing Singing Bowls. 

Our curriculum gives you a fact-based framework first. You'll gain a solid understanding of sound properties, music principles, and instrumentation. This prevents misconceptions.

With this analytical foundation, you're equipped to evaluate claims critically. You'll learn proper therapeutic methods and choose instruments wisely. 

We empower discerning students - not gullible followers. Investing in factual knowledge first provides the clarity and confidence to use sound ethically and effectively.

Our Sound Healing Training provides the most integrity and value. The curriculum speaks to both the heart and mind. 

Besides theoretical knowledge, we teach practical skills for using sound healing instruments. The course debunks New Age myths and provides a broad, fact-based foundation. Our programs cover extensive knowledge in a detailed, nuanced way. 

Another advantage is the convenience - you can learn anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

Do you offer private sound healing lessons?

Yes, the Sound Healing Teacher Training includes nine 1-hour private or small group lessons to discuss each segment and get questions answered. Once enrolled, you also get the founder's personal contact info for ongoing support. We dedicate as much time as you need at no additional cost.

What are the requirements to take the sound healing class?

No prior experience in music, therapy, or wellness is required - just passion for sound healing and commitment to learning. The only requirements are attention, dedication, internet access, and a desire to transform yourself and help others.

What is sound therapy training good for?

It's ideal for those wanting to:

- Become a better listener 

- Understand sound and music deeply

- Transform their life and help people 

- Learn sound healing tools and techniques

- Supplement an existing wellness practice 

- Gain confidence in sound healing

- Deepen skills as a musician or DJ

- Replace New Age myths with factual knowledge

What can I expect to gain from the sound therapy training?

You'll gain extensive knowledge to begin sound healing work. Hands-on skill as a practitioner takes further practice. But you'll have a radiant foundation and motivation to deepen your abilities.

How long does the Sound Bath training program take?

The 240 pages and 18+ hours of content can be completed in 4-9 weeks. We recommend dedicating to the Sound Bath Training program 1 week per segment, 1 hour daily. Go at your own pace.

Can I access the content of the sound healing course after completing it?

Yes, you have lifetime access to review all materials online. Contact us if you can't find something.

How is this different from other sound healing schools?

Our integrative approach combines science, art, and spirituality. The emphasis is on factual knowledge versus New Age myths. And the online model provides affordable access to anyone worldwide.

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How Sound Healing Works?

Throughout history and across all continents, sound has been an important part of healing practices, often playing a central role. However, with the rise of modern scientific medicine in the past few hundred years, the use of sound for healing was mostly abandoned, except for superstitious and "primitive" beliefs. But in recent decades, this situation has been changing rapidly. Sound is now making a comeback in health and wellness practices, both in scientific approaches like ultrasound scanning and using high-frequency resonance to break up kidney stones, as well as in "alternative" approaches such as vibroacoustic therapy and sound bath.

However, as sound is used in healing practices re-emerges, we are facing significant challenges. One of the main obstacles is the difficulty in communication between scientists and sound healers. This communication problem is mainly due to technical terms being used with different meanings. For example, when a scientist uses the word "frequency," they mean a simple and precise concept - the number of cycles in a given period. On the other hand, practitioners of sound healing may use the same word to describe various things that are not simple or precise. They might use the term "frequency" to refer to someone's demeanor or subjective state, saying things like "raise your consciousness to a higher frequency" or "that person has a high frequency."  Another well-known concept circling in the community of sound bath facilitators that means nothing to scientists is "healing frequencies".

When a sound healer tries to communicate with a scientist using the term "frequency" in their alternative sense, the scientist, who values precision and clarity, dismisses the statements and knowledge of the sound healer. They struggle to understand what the sound healer means to convey.

In the same way, when a scientist uses the term 'frequency', a sound healer might misconstrue it, leading to incorrect beliefs thought to be scientific knowledge. This misinterpretation has formed a large web of barriers slowing progress in sound healing.

What is the science behind healing frequencies?

To answer this question, we must address the 'Pharmaceutical Misconception'. Most of us, raised in the modern world, have been taught a pharmaceutical model of health and healing from a young age. We're told that specific issues require specific medications. Headache? Take aspirin or Tylenol. Infection? Use an antibiotic. Hormone imbalance? Consume the hormone. Need energy? Drink caffeine. Want to bulk up? Take protein supplements, and so on. This framework shapes our health attitudes, including alternative approaches. 

As sound healing gains popularity, the pharmaceutical mindset is evident in prevalent methods. The primary notion is that certain issues necessitate exposure to specific frequencies. Most of these 'prescriptive frequency methods' originate from the work of American inventor Royal Rife (1888- 1971). 

Rife proposed that harmful organisms could be eliminated by applying their resonance frequencies at amplitudes strong enough to dismantle them. Much like an opera singer can shatter a wine glass by hitting its primary resonance frequency, so could a cell be potentially destroyed by vibrating at its resonant frequency, provided it has adequate resonance properties. 

In 1987, Rife's overlooked work resurfaced in the book 'The Cancer Cure That Worked'. The book suggests that Rife could destroy cancer cells by applying the right resonant frequencies, shattering the cells similar to how an opera singer breaks a glass. These claims may or may not hold true. 

Indeed, future research may shed more light. Regrettably, Rife's theories were misinterpreted by the public. Without grasping his actual assertions, people started believing that using certain frequencies could cure specific health conditions: one frequency for one issue, another for a different one. In reality, Rife suggested using resonance to eliminate undesired cells, not to heal specific health conditions. 

In some situations, like viruses or cancer, cell destruction could be a viable healing method. However, this isn't how Rife's ideas infiltrated popular sound healing theory. Amidst the pharmaceutical mindset, his principles of using certain frequencies to destroy cells were misinterpreted as the belief that applying specific frequencies is essential for sound healing. As it turns out, this frequency-based approach is not well-aligned with either science or tradition.

The "healing frequency approach" does not fit neatly into a scientific framework mainly due to two reasons. First, it would need a vast specific understanding of how certain frequencies impact all body systems, a knowledge we currently don't have. The human body is incredibly complex, and it will be a while before we can accurately foresee the effects of particular frequencies on the body as a whole. Second, each person's body is vastly different in composition and structure. My cells and organs differ significantly from yours. While there are undoubtedly many similarities, there are also substantial differences, influenced by factors such as diet, genetics, history, age, and environmental conditions.

Changes in composition and structure can significantly affect the vibrational properties of any entity. So, it's unlikely that a specific frequency would impact my body in the same way it impacts yours. Therefore, the frequency approach does not align well with science, except perhaps as a technique for destroying internal structures using resonance frequencies at high amplitudes, as Rife proposed. 

Techniques of destruction by resonance are indeed successfully used in current medical practices, like the obliteration of kidney stones using high-intensity sound waves. Regrettably, due to communication issues between scientists and sound healers, many sound healers misinterpret the frequency-based approach as being endorsed by both modern science and Rife's work. This is a misconception. 

Is sound healing legit?

As we have discussed, the frequency-based approach to sound healing doesn't align well with science or Rife's work, which it's believed to be largely based upon. However, even those practicing sound healing using this approach are experiencing many positive outcomes. The practice works, even though the theory is flawed. 

Here, we'll introduce a sound healing framework that isn't based on the pharmaceutical frequency approach. This framework aligns well with science, tradition, and most contemporary sound healing practices. We present this framework through three primary effects of sound: unifying, expanding spatial awareness, and mesmerizing/relaxing. 

This view of health and illness is integral to most traditional healing systems and many modern scientific methods, especially modern psychotherapy. In psychotherapy, our issues are thought to stem from the disintegration of our psyche. Mental health is reclaimed by discovering and reintegrating suppressed and disconnected subsets of our psyche. The idea of illness arising from fragmentation is also quite apparent in traditional Eastern approaches, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Yogic/Ayurvedic practices. In both these remarkably similar approaches, health is seen as the holistic interconnection and collaboration of all parts of body, mind, and spirit. 

Medical treatments aim to spot fragmentation and regain health by reinstating harmony, connection, and collaboration among all parts of oneself. This is most clearly seen in the Eastern concepts of the body's "energy system". The body is believed to contain a fundamental life-force energy (qi in TCM and prana in Yoga) that courses through primary pathways known as meridians or nadis, respectively. 

The unhindered flow and balanced distribution of this "energy" across the body network is associated with health and well-being. Obstructions in its flow lead to excess accumulation and deficiencies, which in turn cause all forms of illness. Many practices aim to restore the free flow of this energy and thereby eliminate the blockages causing fragmentation.

The above models of illness-as-fragmentation suggest a primary use of sound for healing practices. Sound, in its essence, unifies. 

Sound is essentially unification and coordination, particularly coordinating particle motions into spread-out wave patterns. 

Consequently, sound provides a highly useful medium for treating fragmentation in both the body and mind. Here are three apparent unifying actions of sound on the whole person:

* When a sound wave reaches the human body, it prompts distant body parts to vibrate in harmony.

* When we hear a sound, especially a mesmerizing one, it captures our attention, bringing our mind into a unified whole.

In the unique case of sound immersion, where the whole body is exposed to the same sound field, both heard with the ears and felt with the body, the body, and mind are unified in the simultaneous, coordinated experience of the same phenomenon.

These simple and accessible unifying actions of sound can be easily used to reduce fragmentation and, consequently, illness. A review of most sound healing practices, both modern and traditional, reveals that this unifying property of sound is generally being employed. Comparing this with the defragmentation-based healing practices of modern psychotherapy, TCM, and Yoga elucidates why this wide-ranging unifying effect is likely to yield healing results.

Humans evolved in complex, interconnected environments filled with danger and surprises. Picture an ancient human strolling through a forest. Their survival depended on a broad spatial awareness, mostly maintained through listening, such as hearing predators behind them or in the trees above. Today, with the security of modern conveniences, humans mostly operate in environments that don't demand such expansive spatial awareness. Apart from specialized scenarios like sports, martial arts, hunting, etc., most human activities require awareness of a relatively small, rectangular portion of the surrounding space.

Every day, we fixate on our cell phones, computers, televisions, and car windshields — a continuous array of rectangles. This confinement of our attention has a cumulative effect, much of which is still not fully understood. But massage therapists can attest to the specific negative results of this confinement, including chronic neck, shoulder, and facial tension, and a general lack of lower-body awareness.

Sound is an exceptionally helpful tool for expanding one's spatial awareness. Indeed, a review of most sound healing practices, both traditional and modern, shows that expanding spatial awareness is a key component. Imagine the quintessential medicine man, shaking his rattles all around a patient. The patient's attention is quickly drawn to the sound of the rattles and naturally follows it around, thereby expanding their spatial awareness. Similarly, in modern sound healing practices, like sound baths with gongs or singing bowls, the listener, with eyes closed, is mesmerized by the ever-changing 3D motion of sound surrounding them. Their usual spatial awareness box is essentially burst open to including the entire 3D environment. This spatial-awareness-expanding effect of sound is a critical, yet often overlooked, feature of sound healing.

One of the most widely accepted facts in modern medicine is the correlation between stress and illness. Stress is the most common correlate with cancer. Given the strong relationship between stress and illness, reducing stress indirectly reduces illness.

Sound can relieve stress through two primary mechanisms: mesmerization and relaxation. These effects are among the main reasons we derive such pleasure from music. Certain sounds naturally and spontaneously induce relaxation in us. While the reasons for this are not entirely clear, it is an effect that is universally recognized, and relaxation is the opposite of stress.

Sound can also be mesmerizing, with a somewhat more mysterious effect. It can capture our attention and take us on a mental journey, effectively inducing a meditative state. This state naturally interrupts our habitual thought patterns that contribute to stress.

The application of the mesmerizing and relaxing effects of sound, compared to the unifying and spatial-awareness-expanding effects, is truly an art form and typically requires skill, training, and practice. Musicians endeavor to learn to produce sounds that induce these desirable effects. To use the mesmerizing and relaxing effects of sound effectively, one must become proficient with their sonic tools and instruments, essentially developing into a skilled musical performer.

Upon examining sound healing practices, both modern and traditional, we find that the mesmerizing and relaxing effects of sound are universally employed. Since these effects naturally counteract stress, they can be readily utilized for healing.

Text credits to Thomas Orr Anders