Daniel Coates who works a our recording studio is a Sound Healer and has put together this interesting information about the power of sound. This is Part VI. You can find our more about Daniel and his Sound Healing work and music at www.suntaramusic.com
Recording Studio: Sound Healing Drumming
Repetitive drumming slows down our brain rhythm helping us to experience trance like states. These techniques, prominent in shamanic practices, allow the healer or client to leave normal conscious awareness in order to journey to other realms of consciousness. Here, healing can take place. Drumming recorded in a recording studio can have the same effect.
Barbara J.Crowe says that from a physiological perspective, drumming creates this affect in the listener because of the action of the reticular activating system (RAS) located in the brainstem. This structure alerts the brain to incoming sensory stimulation. Loud, repetitive sound such as drumming floods the brain with input and overrides the other sensory channels. Normal brain activity is suppressed, and the consciousness is freed to explore other forms of perception. This can be demonstrated in a recording studio.
Recording Studio: Everything in Nature is Vibrating
Our body has a whole number of rhythms: –
Heartbeat – normally between 60 and 75 beats per minute (Resting 60 / Average activity 72)
Breath – normally 14 to 16 breaths per minute
Cranio-sacral pulse – 8 to12 times per minute
Gastrointestinal tract – contracts once a minute
Stomach – contracts every three minutes
Brain waves – waking state 18 to 22 cycles per second (see earlier in the book)
Body temperature – changes from day to night
All these rhythms will be affected by the drumbeat. Even drumbeats recorded ina recording studio
When we are in a state of stress our heart beat can increase to 87 beats per minute. When we are deeply relaxed this rate will fall to around 57 beats per minute.
The regular rhythm of the drumbeat will entrain our heartbeat to its rhythm. In a healing session we may take a person’s pulse to determine their heart rate then begin playing at that rate. Over a period of ten minutes we can gradually reduce the drum beat rate to help the person to relax. We can watch their breathing rhythm to gauge how quickly their heart rate and breathing rate has entrained to our beat. The Recording studio has a great part to play in all of this.