Two techniques to kickstart whole-body healing

Your body has been healing and regenerating for your entire life. In fact, Stanford researchers estimate that your body replaces a majority of its cells every seven to 10 years.

You are constantly experiencing cycles of re-growth in nearly every region of your body.

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The problem is, if you’re under constant stress, your body diverts its resources toward resolving this inner turmoil–-and away from the vital regenerative work that makes, and keeps, you healthy.

Of course, in this current global health climate, stress is more rampant than ever.

Fortunately, there are two simple, natural, sound-based strategies that can alleviate stress and help prime your body for healing once again.

Jumpstart healing using sound

The first sound-based strategy is passive sound healing. This includes listening activities like turning on nature sounds to relax at bedtime and prepare for deep, restorative sleep.

Or you can use up-tempo music to get your body moving and burn off the damaging stress hormone cortisol that has built up in your system. (Of course, with the many gym closings around the country, you may want to rethink how you get your physical activity. Opt for a rhythm-focused walk outside or take this time to deep clean your home instead.)

The second sound-based strategy is active sound healing. This technique utilizes the sound of your own voice to activate your body’s natural healing abilities. You can reap these benefits through singing or humming, which stimulates your vagus nerve.

Stimulating the vagus nerve also serves two other important purposes:

  1. It releases your body’s natural stores of “feel-good” hormones (dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin), boosting your mood and easing feelings of stress and anxiety.

  2. It activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which brings about a state of calm, priming your body for healing.

An active sound healing exercise

Here’s a quick active sound healing exercise you can use to stimulate your vagus nerve and activate the built-in healing benefits I mentioned above.

  1. Begin by gently placing your hands on the sides of your neck.

  2. Take a slow, deep breath in and then exhale while vocalizing the word “I’m.”

    You should feel a slight vibration in your hands. The more you’re able to increase the volume of your voice (without straining or pain), the better.

  3. Repeat this sequence for about three minutes or for however long feels comfortable for you. You can perform the exercise for longer if you’d like.

    But be sure to listen to your body and take breaks when you need to. If you feel light-headed or short of breath, stop immediately.

  4. After you’re finished, take a few minutes to check in with yourself. You should feel calm and clear-headed.

  5. To see this technique in action, or to discover video tutorials for over 30 active sound healing exercises, I encourage you to check out my Whole Body Sound Healing System. Click here to learn more about it, or to get started right away.

While many of us are spending more time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new––especially if it can benefit your health or help you better navigate these uncertain times. So I encourage you to give both the active and passive sound healing techniques a try. The key is to do them regularly. Because the more frequently you do them, the more you’ll help your body reach its full healing potential.

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About the author

Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a professional musician and educator. He's an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University where he teaches music and how the power of sound can help you experience a healthier life.