OTO means sound in Japanese and represents the space between sound and silence. Sound is a very important part of OTO & how we help others discover the power of CBD. We work closely with sound therapist, Michelle Cade from Mind Like Water Wellbeing so we thought we’d have a chat with her about the powerful combination of sound & CBD and how we can use sound to amplify the effect of CBD on our health and wellbeing.
We all know a hot bath is a relaxing and nourishing experience on its own, however, adding essential oils, Epsom salts and candles can amplify the therapeutic effect, taking your bath to a whole new level of relaxation - that ́s how I see the benefits of adding CBD into the sound healing mix.
Both sound and CBD work to bring the body back into balance, triggering its healing response. Our incredible and intelligent bodies naturally want to repair themselves and are always prioritising bodily tasks for the sake of healing, if given the optimal conditions.
How Does Sound Healing Work?
Everything has a sound and its own unique vibration, even if we can’t hear it. The frequency at which something naturally vibrates is called resonance, and each part of our body has its own unique resonance. Vibrational medicine is based on the idea that disease is a result of those natural resonances becoming out of tune – whether due to stress, illness or environmental factors, trauma etc.
Sound and music have the power to instantly change your state of being – physically, emotionally and mentally. If you listen to one of your favourite high energy songs just before doing some exercise or during, you’ll instantly feel more energised, or if you listen to a particularly sad song when you’re at a low ebb, your emotions will feel amplified. Music can unlock memories, be used to create new ones and heighten learning. Listening to Binaural beats, which is two beats one after the other that slightly differ in frequency and makes use of the fact that the right and left ear each receive a slightly different frequency tone, yet the brain perceives these as a single tone, can help create whole brain synchronization, which makes it easier to focus and take in new information.
The body is almost a giant sound conductor: skin, bones, ears, as well as the water that makes up around 70% of the adult body, all pick up & conduct sound waves, so it is logical that both audible and inaudible vibrations would have a profound effect on us.
“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 bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”
- Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York.
Sound can help you to relax deeply, restoring harmony and bringing balance to the body’s biological rhythms and processes. It can also re-establish correct functioning of the Endocrine system (the glands), helping to release powerful healing and feel good hormones such as endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin. It also helps to lower Cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
What is Sympathetic Resonance?
When exposed to external overtones/sounds, your brain waves start to slow down and synchronise, due to something called Sympathetic Resonance. This is when one vibrating object causes another to vibrate in harmony with it or match its rate of vibration. Sympathetic resonance can also induce a meditative state helping to calm busy, anxious minds & the stressed shut down for brief respites. Dr Bruce Lipton explains how sound can change physiological processes.
Receptor antennas can also read vibrational energy fields such as light, sound, and radio frequencies. The antennas on these energy receptors vibrate like tuning forks. If an energy vibration in the environment resonates with a receptor’s antenna, it will alter the proteins charge, causing the receptor to change shape. Because these receptors can read energy fields, the notion that only physical molecules can impact cell physiology is outmoded. Biological behaviour can be controlled by invisible forces as well as it can be controlled by physical molecules like penicillin, a fact that provides the scientific underpinning for pharmaceutical free energy medicine.”
- Bruce Lipton
The sympatico between sound therapy & CBD is too great to ignore – and is an extremely powerful tool when used in tandem – keep an eye out for our next CBD Soundbath so you can feel the power for yourself.
Here are my top ways to incorporate sound into your daily life to tackle stress and anxiety:
Taking time out to listen to your favourite song and just listen, dance or sing along. Give it your full attention - it can transform your mood.
Binaural Beats can help create whole brain synchronisation which makes it easier to focus and take in new information or enter meditative states. You can listen to my Binaural' beats here: www.mindlikewatermusic.bandcamp.com
Vocal Toning and Chanting
This can even mean singing your favourite song or free styling and being silly. We sing when we are happy so we can influence & change our moods.
Take a moment to breath and hum to connect and centre yourself. Some people find it helps to calm them down, slows down your breathing rate which helps to manage stress levels.
Sound Journeys and Gong Baths
One of the best ways to experience sound healing is on one of our virtual sound meditations. Our next one is on: Sunday 20th September, 8pm
It's free - simply sign up below and we'll send you details on how to join in.
All the best