Sound Healing with Tuning Forks
Human beings have been using sound as a healing tool since time immemorial. Sound Healing as we know it today is the natural evolution of this sacred relationship, enriched by our ever growing understanding and technological advancement. Tuning Forks well represent this technological aid.
Amongst the many techniques and instruments I have acquired over the years, I feel a special affinity with tuning forks, a relatively new generation of sound healing tools that have become popular as of the 1970’s.
Tuning fork therapy can help with a variety of symptoms like:
- Insomnia or low-quality sleep
- Chronic pain
- Physical and mental tension
- Digestive problems
- Pain caused by physical trauma
- Joints problems
- Hypersensitive nervous system.
Tuning fork therapy
The most common use of tuning forks until recent times was to provide a specific frequency in order to tune musical instruments. Tuning forks were invented in the 18th century to accurately measure frequencies of vibration and to provide a reliable tuning device.
Tuning forks have also found application in the medical field and are used to test the hearing, to examine the peripheral nervous system (vibration sense) and to detect fractured bones.
In recent years they have become more and more popular as sound healing tools, finding their place alongside Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, ritual drums, etc.
What makes tuning forks special, and particularly suitable for sound healing, compared to those other instruments, is their ability to produce exact frequencies and very pure tones (with very few overtones). This means that when a tuning fork is manufactured to produce a specific frequency, let’s say 256 cycles per second (or Hertz), when we tap it the sound we hear is vibrating almost only at 256 Hz. Normally the sound of a musical instrument or voice has a fundamental tone and a series of overtones that resonate above the fundamental, lending the sound a specific “timbre” that will be unique to that instrument or voice.
Tuning forks have the advantage of producing very faint overtones that will fade very rapidly, leaving only the fundamental tone to resonate. If we tap a tuning fork on a soft surface, like the palm of a hand or a rubber activator, the sound produced will be almost only the fundamental frequency, resembling very closely a “sine wave”, a pure tone with no overtones.
However, it is possible to hear this fundamental tone only by placing the tuning forks close to the ears or touching a resonator with the stem of the fork, like a wooden box or even just the surface of a table.
There are two kinds of tuning forks: weighted and un-weighted.
The weighted tuning forks can produce a stronger vibration in the stem of the fork and this can be transferred to the body simply by touching the body with the stem (preferably on a bone). This way the sound will be experienced very deeply in the body and it will reach bones and tissues very effectively.
The un-weighted tuning forks are used mainly off the body, either close to the ears so that it is possible to hear the tones or around the body, in the energy field. They are used to work with “intervals”. In music, an interval is the distance between two notes. When two different notes are played, the combination of the two tones creates a third tone which can be perceived as a pulse and its frequency will be the arithmetic difference of the frequencies of the two notes that have been played.
With a whole set of tuning forks, like the Harmonic Spectrum, it is possible to create several different intervals each one having a different effect on the body, emotions and mind.
Several set of tuning forks are available on the market, each one allowing to create different kind of intervals (or ratios as they are also called).
The Otto 128 Hz
is used for pain management, muscle spasms, or circulation. It promotes relaxation, enhanced memory, and enhanced sexual function by stimulating the nervous system and release of nitric oxide, a gas in our blood vessels known to relieve pain and promote relaxation and health.
The Otto (osteophonic) tuners are placed on joints, muscle and nerve groups which in turn resonate throughout the body providing relief from arthritis, knee or back pain, surgery or a strenuous workout.
The Otto 64 Hz
This Tuner is especially effective when placed on the lower lumbar vertebrae, sacrum and coccyx. Its vibration helps loosen the sacral ligaments as well as stimulating and balancing the ganglion of impar, a center for controlling the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
The Otto 32 Hz
This weighted tuning fork is used near the skin to regenerate and stimulate nerves. It is often used around the cranium for headaches and eye strain. It is moved around the head and skin to assist in regenerating nerve damage.It is also effective in stimulating the cranial sacral pulse when used on the feet and ankles.
It helps stimulate and balance peripheral nerves, lymphatic flow and cranial suture mobility.
OM 136,1 Hz
The OM 136,1 Hz is tuned to the 32nd octave of the frequency of one complete Earth’s revolution around the sun. This is the second cosmic rhythm of our planet. As the frequency of the day infuences the body, the frequency of the year infuences the soul.
It has a grounding, soothing and relaxing effect.
Pythagorean Tuning Forks.
With this set of eight tuners, you achieve fast, instantaneous relaxation as well as develop and refine your sonic abilities. This set, also known as Solar Harmonic Spectrum, helps you re-proportions your body through a process of cellular memory based on the natural ratios of the tuning forks.
The notes of this full octave of tuning forks (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C), when played together, create a series of overtones to help you relax and center yourself. Each interval relates to a different state of consciousness and body posture. Each interval affects your nervous system in a different way by activating specific elemental qualities.
The Lemurian Tuning Forks
This extraordinary sacred harmony forms a Sonic Merkaba which will open the gateway to profound journeys of consciousness.
What is sound healing?
Ultimately, Sound Healing is the art of using vibration to help the body restore its innate harmonic state.
Sound Healing is based on two basic concepts: Vibration and Entrainment.
“Everything is vibration”.
Surely this is a statement we are all familiar with and it refers to the fact that solid matter does not exist as such. Our senses perceive a high density of molecules as something solid. But at the core of each atom, that forms the elements that things are made of, is a number of spinning electrons. Deeper down in the scale of magnitude it is said that things are made of vibrating “strings”. So everything is in constant movement, therefore vibrating, vibration being the measurement of movement in time.
In the context of sound healing, entrainment is a term that denotes the synchronization of an organism to an external rhythm, given enough proximity and time of exposure. Practical examples of entrainment can be found in the way music can influence our heartbeat and respiratory rates or simply in the way we start tapping our hand or foot to the external beat of a piece of music.
The phenomenon is more complex than that of course, but we can simplify the concept by thinking that Nature tends to save energy. Entrainment occurs because small amounts of energy are exchanged between two systems that are not synchronized (i.e. out of phase or pulsing at different paces). The amount of energy exchanged in this negative feedback relationship is progressively decreased as the two organisms assume a more similar pace and it is reduced to zero when they finally synchronize.
The key word here is rhythm. Every process in life is a rhythmical one: the heartbeat and breathing are rhythmical, the cycles of day and night and the seasons are rhythmical, the expansion of the universe itself is going to reverse to a contraction in a distant future. All different rhythms on different scales.
Vibration and Entrainment play together in sound healing. Given that all the molecules and atoms in our bodies are vibrating at all times we can expose the internal oscillation of energies in our bodies to an external oscillation that will influence the internal vibration.
The human body/mind system has often been compared to an orchestra. Think oh how many parts we are made of and imagine that each part has its own sound. After all, sound is a vibration too. We call sound all the vibration that occur within the range that our ears are capable of hearing and processing. But all the vibrations outside of that range are also sounds, even if we cannot hear them. So our body is made of all these different sounding parts and they all need to be in tune with each other, much like the instruments and players of an orchestra. If one section of the orchestra is playing out of tune then the music is disharmonious. Even if only one player is out of tune this will make it difficult for the musicians around to play correctly because they will be led astray by the disharmonious sound. In the same way, if one part of our body is not vibrating in harmony with all the others then the overall music emanating from our bodies will be disharmonious.
That’s one way of looking at disease.