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A study by Clinton Rubin, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, found that standing on a gently vibrating platform for 15 minutes a day can build bone mass and reduce fat in mice. Testing has begun in humans, and the modality could have important implications in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

“People think of sound as an energy that goes into our ears,” says Goldman, author of several books including Healing Sounds and The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing. “It does indeed go into our ears, but then it enters our brain and our nervous system, affecting our heart rate and respiration.”

And sometimes the vibrations are directed through your skin, as with tuning forks. I realize this when I visit Lisa Warner, a licensed massage therapist at Hippocrates, who uses the high-tech cutlery during massages. Applying the vibrating forks to meridians and acupuncture points rebalances and reboots the body, she says. As I lay face down on a massage table in a room of flickering candles and soft music, she clinks the forks together, then places them on my trapezoids. The sound waves penetrate my skin, sending tiny currents down my spine.

Visit www.hippocratesinst.org to learn more about the Hippocrates Health Institute.

Visit www.soundhealersassociation.org to learn more about the Sound Healers Association.

Visit www.vibroacousticharp.com to learn more about Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy.


Afterward, I feel, well … buzzed.

If all of this sounds a bit new age-y, consider that sound waves are the science behind ultrasounds. Now, doctors and researchers are using high-intensity ultrasonic waves to treat brain tumors, tremors, uterine fibroids, breast and bone tumors and many other conditions. The military is also using sound waves in the development of technology.

It’s a fact that sound alters matter, says Regina Murphy, a sound therapist in Las Vegas, who specializes in harmonic massage. It’s been proven that a human voice can shatter glass, if it’s the right resonant frequency. Murphy got into the field after noticing that vibrations mellowed her son, who had transitional anxiety. “He was always calmer after he played guitar,” she says. “It never dawned on me early in that he was self-soothing.”

She now has her own company, www.soundsforselftreatment.com, where she sells sound prescriptions, CDs and videos that she created from different frequencies to treat anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD and other ailments. She also pioneered Baby Heart Songs (www.babyheartsongs.com), which uses a mother’s recorded voice and heartbeat to soothe premature newborns restricted to an incubator and unable to be held.