The following information is in reference to Chapter 16, page 198 of The Power Of Sound.
Psychoacoustic Applications for Health Care Practitioners
Now let’s look at a range of five circumstances in which soundwork would be applicable.
Intention: Relax patients, soothe apprehension, calm harried staff.
Resonance: Midrange sounds bring calm. Think of sound as a nutrient in which high sounds charge and low sounds discharge the nervous system. In this instance, consider medium-speed harp music, acoustic guitar music, chamber ensemble classical music—music that breathes and has a lot of space.
Entrainment: Music at fifty to seventy beats per minute. This is the ideal relaxed heart rate. You don’t want it to be too slow or people will get groggy and uncomfortable in your waiting room. Too fast, and they will get impatient and anxious.
Pattern Identification: You are looking to calm and relax people. Therefore pick soundtracks with easily identifiable forms that don’t change too much.
Sonic Neurotechnologies: Not necessary unless your waiting room is equipped with headphones. If that is the case, use material created with binaural frequencies for relaxation or music created with Progressive Entrainment techniques heading from 100 bpm to 60 bpm.
Listen to tracks 2 and 5 on the CD. See “Sound Remedies Catalog.”
Treatment Room Ambience (bodyworkers, acupuncturists, and the like—anyone whose patients will spend thirty to sixty minutes having a treatment)
Intention: Deeply relax patients, facilitate release, encourage sleep.
Resonance: Do you want to charge or discharge the system? In this instance I suggest slow acoustic music or nature sounds—music that breathes and has a lot of space. Midrange to low-range sounds aid the slowing process.
Entrainment: Music at thirty to sixty beats per minute. Look for music that has little or no definable pulse or rhythm. This will help your patient leave the structures of time and move into the alpha and theta zones.
Pattern Identification: Simple and easily identifiable patterns help with relaxation.
Sonic Neurotechnologies: If you are using a sound table, headphones, or speakers placed on either side of the patient’s head, material created with binaural frequencies is very effective for deep relaxation.
Notes: Look for music that ramps down, settles at a bottom point, and then ramps back up. Your patients will entrain to the music. They will slow easily and gradually, stay deeply relaxed for the middle section, and come back up into gentle awakening and integration of your therapeutic services. You don’t want to “pull” patients out of a deep state without their own normal reacclimation to faster brainwave states.
Listen to tracks 4, 6, and 10 on the CD. See “Sound Remedies Catalog.”
Intention: Deep relaxation. Brainwave state: alpha and theta.
Resonance: Midrange sounds bring calm. Choose music that breathes and has a lot of space.
Entrainment: Music at thirty to sixty beats per minute.
Pattern Identification: Easily identifiable. You want habituation.
Sonic Neurotechnologies: Using headphones, binaural frequencies focused at alpha and theta. The accompaniment of guided visualizations can be very effective.
Notes: Is the pain control for an acute or chronic situation? Determine the length of time to be managed and adjust your sound protocol accordingly. This is a tricky area. It is best to teach patients the concepts of resonance and entrainment so they can determine how and what sound works best and for which part of the day.
Listen to track 6 on the CD. See “Sound Remedies Catalog.”
Correction of Auditory Tonal Processing
Intention: Tonify muscles of the middle ear that counterlever the three tiny bones (hammer, anvil, and stirrup).
Resonance: High-range, up-tempo sounds. Look at Mozart, then Gregorian chant later in the program.
Entrainment: Music at 100 to 130 beats per minute.
Pattern Identification: We want random sonic events galore! We want to keep the middle ear function in radar mode–without an easily identified pattern so the ear, if it could talk, would be saying, “What’s that?”
Sonic Neurotechnologies: Tomatis-oriented filtration and gating programs, headphones.
Notes: As discussed in chapter 12, this is a very sophisticated application of sound. Training is necessary. You could become a certified Tomatis practitioner or be trained in less intensive methods. Programs consist of sound processors to achieve the F/G effect; in the case of next-generation applications, prerecorded material may be all that is necessary. Auditory testing helps assess dosage and frequency of sound applications. Depending on the goal, the application may change as the effect evolves.
Listen to track 1 on the CD. See “Sound Remedies Catalog.”
Musical Thanatology (Music for the Dying)
Intention: Help the patient to unbind, to gently release and separate.
Resonance: To be determined by a trained therapist. Mostly harp and voice.
Entrainment: Probably on the slow side.
Pattern Identification: Easily identifiable. We want the listener to go into passive hearing.
Sonic Neurotechnologies: Lots of pure love.
These examples should help you see a simple checklist for sonic assessment. Your primary questions should be: What is called for and needed? What does the client prefer? What are my tools?
In sound, everything keeps coming around to resonance and entrainment. All the tools—special recordings, vibroacoustic sound tables, filtration devices—are based on the psycho- and physiological effect of resonance and entrainment. (If you have questions about these two basic concepts, revisit part 1.) Even the simplest concept has a layer of complexity. In whatever ways you need to perceive and mentally file resonance and entrainment, I urge you to take the time to do so. These basic concepts will be the “filtering” mechanism used in your assessment of simple and advanced sound employments.