BRAINWAVES & MUSIC
THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT
Sound creates a vibration that shifts the frequency of our brainwaves.
The sound literally syncs with our brainwaves to the frequency it is vibrating to. Our daily experiences and our brainwaves are connected - there is never a separation.
For example: If a fast sound vibration is created, the brainwaves increase. When you walk into that crowded airport during the holidays and you feel ‘highly agitated’, it's because of all the noise around you, and it's effecting what's happening in your head.
The opposite is true to...
When a slow sound vibration is created, the brainwaves slow down. When you walk through the calm and peaceful park and you feel more relaxed, and a sense of calmness, it is your brainwaves slowing down to a slower frequency.
What Are Our Brainwaves? What do they mean? What can I do about it?
Our natural awake state is Beta
Often Beta brainwaves are associated with a ‘frenzy, to do list’ awake state. Using tools such as listening to Sound Healing music will create a slower vibration and recalibrate your brainwaves to Alpha, a more relaxed state of consciousness. As your brainwaves continue to slow in vibration, the Theta brainwave can be reached which is meditative. It is from here that you are able to reach a much deeper and slower vibration of the Delta brainwave, which represents sleep state, where profound healing can take place.
When your brainwaves are out of balance, there will be corresponding problems in your emotional or physical health. Research has identified brainwave patterns associated with all sorts of emotional and neurological and physical conditions.
By rule of thumb, any process that changes your perception changes your brainwaves.
The brain does not operate in just one single frequency; the full spectrum of brainwave frequencies are always running, all the time. The dominant frequency determines our mental state – and your activities briefly shift your mental state by boosting one frequency to be louder than another.
Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz (cycles per second) and they are divided into bands delineating slow, moderate, and fast waves; just like music. Music is measured in Hertz.
During slower brainwave states, the nervous system naturally becomes balanced as the overactive sympathetic nervous system (fight & flight) relaxes through deep breathing. It is during these slower frequencies that the under-active parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) is strengthened and nourished.
With repetitive exposure to sound healing, the neuroplasticity in your brain, can learn new behavioral patterns and create permanent body and lifestyle changes for optimum health and well-being. Neuroplasticity - brain plasticity and neural plasticity, is the ability of the brain to change – yes your grey matter can change and your synapsis can strengthen or weaken.
gamma, beta, alpha, theta & delta brainwaves
Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.
Chemical interventions such as medications or recreational drugs are the most common methods to alter brain function; however brainwave training is my method of choice. Over the long term, traditional eastern methods (such as meditation and yoga and sound healing) train your brainwaves into balance.
Think of brainwaves as musical notes - the low frequency waves are like a deeply penetrating drum beat, while the higher frequency brainwaves are more like a subtle high pitched flute. Like a symphony, the higher and lower frequencies link and cohere with each other through harmonics.
Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling.
Detailed Information about the different Brainwaves
Gamma Waves 38 Hz to 42 Hz
Gamma brainwaves are the fastest of brain waves (high frequency, like a flute), and relate to simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas.
Gamma brainwaves pass information rapidly and quietly.
The most subtle of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access gamma.
Gamma was dismissed as 'spare brain noise' until researchers discovered it was highly active when in states of universal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues’.
Gamma is also above the frequency of neuronal firing, so how it is generated remains a mystery.
It is speculated that gamma rhythms modulate perception and consciousness, and that a greater presence of gamma relates to expanded consciousness and spiritual emergence
Beta Waves 12 Hz to 38 Hz
Beta brainwaves dominate your normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world.
Beta is a ‘fast’ activity, present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, or focused mental activity.
Beta brainwaves are further divided into three bands; Lo-Beta (Beta1, 12-15Hz) can be thought of as a 'fast idle', or musing. Beta (Beta2, 15-22Hz) is high engagement or actively figuring something out. Hi-Beta (Beta3, 22-38Hz) is highly complex thought, integrating new experiences, high anxiety, or excitement.
Continual high frequency processing is not a very efficient way to run the brain, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy.
Alpha Waves 8 Hz to 12 Hz
Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.
Alpha is the resting state for the brain. Alpha is ‘the power of now’.
Relaxes your body, lowers stress levels, and activates your Parasympathetic Nervous System (also known as the “Rest and Digest” parts of the brain). This state impacts the entire system reducing it to a calmer state, it is helpful for areas associated with stress: often resulting in bringing in balance to the immune system, respiratory system, metabolic system, sleep patterns and areas with long-lasting pain.
Theta Waves 3 Hz to 8 Hz
Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation. Theta is our gateway to learning, memory, and intuition.
In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness. It’s where we hold your ‘stuff’, your fears, troubled history, and nightmares.
This state impacts functional areas such as: intuition becomes clear, inner wisdom available, emotions can be metabolized and processed, spontaneous insight can be readily received, and individuals can create long-term changes.
Delta Waves .5 Hz to 3 Hz
Delta brainwaves are slow, loud brainwaves (low frequency and deeply penetrating, like a drum beat).
Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, and that is why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.
Deep dreamless sleep where all systems are reduced to a bare minimum. In this state, the body is in hibernation mode with a lowered heart rate, respiratory rate, and metabolic rate. Your body can then utilize the extra energy available to create optimal health and healing. Research shows the Delta brainwave has diminished and is no longer a part of your everyday sleep cycle which has led to consistent energy depletion, insomnia, and strain on the entire system.