What Is Shamanic Sound Healing?

The sounds of our voices are powerful medicine.

Long before the discovery of modern medical equipment and drugs. Ancient civilizations use different techniques to heal various ailments, and one of this technique is the use of sound.

In Egypt around 4000 BC, ancient Egyptian high priest chants the seven vowel sounds in their rituals, to lift the spirit and enhance the healing process.

In Greek circa 500 BC, Pythagoras – the father of music therapy, built the Pythagoras Mystery School in the island of Crotona to spread the use of flute and lyre as the primary healing instruments. And with the invention of his monochord—a single-stringed musical instrument that uses a fixed weight to provide tension—Pythagoras was able to unravel the mysteries of musical intervals and taught that healing could occur using sound and harmonic frequencies, performed to what he called “soul-adjustments”.

In Australia 40,000 years ago, it’s oldest known cultural group Aboriginal is believed to be using an enigmatic musical instrument called Didgeridoo or Yidaki to speed up the healing of broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses of every kind. Interestingly, the sounds emitted by the Didgeridoo are in alignment with modern sound healing technology.

In 1945, United States forces use sound healing to help with the healing of the soldier of World War 2.

These days, though science has not proven yet how sound can truly benefit the body, people who experienced passive sound healing and guided shamanic sound healing praised the method for its benefit in their mood and everyday life.

What is Shamanic Sound Healing?

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For shamans, all disease is ultimately the result of problems with the energy in our body: mental energy, spiritual energy, and physical energy.

They use different techniques and tools like sacred plant medicines, medicine songs, and retreats to send you through an altered state of consciousness and healing.

Shamanic sound healing or shamanic sound bath commonly incorporates musical instruments like the gong, tuning forks, and a Tibetan singing bowl to bathed or flood a participant, usually in a lying or sitting position, with resonant vibrations to relieve anxieties, stress, and unblock energy to help you live a higher purpose in life.

Shamanic sound healing sessions can be active or passive and the person being treated partakes in the experience with a trained shaman.

Passive Session

  • Vibrational re-alignment sessions, where shamans sound healing directs energy through voice to help you clear blocked energy and harmonize with your Soul.

Active Session

  • Shamanic sound healing sessions, where extensive vocal, shamanic, and therapeutic skill help you access the healing power of your own voice through interactively guided voice and movement journeys.

The ultimate intention of shamanic sound healing is to direct vibration toward the chakras and aura which are the energy centers and the electromagnetic fields of the body to improve your physical and emotional health and well-being.

Shamanic sound healing can also help people with:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Promote movement
  • Calm patients
  • Ease muscle tension.
  • ADD or Inattentive ADHD


Art by Andrew Ostrovsky

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