I saw a feature on the news about how singing appears to help symptoms of Parkinsons disease and Altzeimers as well. So sound and breathing can strengthen the body and promote healing? Would it surprise you to know that Yoga and Chinese Shamanic practises of sound and breathing were recorded as far back as 3000BC in the East?
Look beneath the surface
Typical of “Western Science”, it looks at the surface i.e. reporting an effect of a certain action but never seeming to looking at the cause of the effect. So do you have any idea how singing can improve our health?
Everything is vibrational
I’ll keep this simple…because I am a pretty simple kind of guy. Often when someone makes something complicated, either they don’t understand it themselves and/or they really do not see passing on practical knowledge to you as necessary….. after all you are only a pleb. Okay, here we go.
1. Everything is made up of atoms.
2. Atoms are held together by energy…… energy vibrate and has frequency and amplitude. Example- if you clap your hands, the number of times you clap per minute is the frequency, and how hard you clap is the amplitude.
3. So looking behind the physical manifestation of our physical world we see energy. When you massage someone, you are expressing that action with frequency and amplitude , coupled with your intention……. these are the energetics behind the body. When you breathe, there is frequency and amplitude depending on how you breathe .A body absent of energy is………a corpse. This is where the age old debate of God is about. Is the energy that powers the Universe just an impersonal source or is it a super sentient being up there somewhere?
How singing improves health
Therefore when you sing, the vibrational and energetic effect will specifically affect body structure through the thorax and abdomen, increasing oxygenation and stimulating all vital organs and systems. The physiological effect of healing normally includes an increase in neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin, increase in immune function by increase in red,and white blood cells, optimising blood biochemistry and absorption and assimilation into body cells and optimising healing.When our body feels stronger, normally we are emotionally stronger and able to effect positive changes in our lives. This is not rocket science, when we remove as much negative influences from our live….such as eating crap, smoking, destroying our liver with alcohol and watching Eastenders; implement more positive support systems in our lives (check out www.shiningtree.co.uk ) , and the described positive cascade will take place. The structure of our bodies, the physiological processes, our emotions and our perception of spirituality, combines and defines who we are – body, mind and spirit.
Applying the science
Yoga, Taoism and Buddhism all have comprehensive and powerful systems of breathing and meditation techniques. Whether you practice the stillness or dynamic aspects of these arts, you body will be vibrating and pulsing, balancing itself energetically and optimising itself physiologically. We also practise a Taoist system called the Six healing sounds. We teach this in relations to the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, this incorporates the seasons and emotions as well. Really cool! So come over to Shining Tree and check it out.
However, I do believe though that there are some of us, myself included, who should never, never, never be allowed to sing in public.