A tuning fork is an acoustic resonator in the form of a two-pronged fork made of calibrated metal. Tuning forks have been around since 1700’s, created by John Shore, a British musician and Sergeant Trumpeter and lutenist to the court. Sound therapy are one of the most therapeutic applications that we have and has been used for thousands of years by many cultures.
Many have researched its benefit to the human body including Dr. John Beaulieu, who spent hours in a soundproof room listening to the sounds of his body under rest and stress. He determined that indeed the nervous system has a pitch or hum to it and when under stress that pitch changes. He was immediately able to tune his body and therefore his nervous system with the tuning forks.
How does it work?
The tuning fork is struck and then applied to specific acupressure point or areas of concern. It is much like acupuncture, without the needles, and helps to release tension move stagnant energy and promote emotional balance. Attuning the nervous system through point stimulation can be very grounding and a great adjunct to other therapy services.
The world is sonic. Our bodies are fluid, sonic, emotional and yes, vibrational. By listening and feeling the vibration and sound of the tuning fork you bring it into your body and healing can happen, change can happen.
The tuning forks of C and G for example, are known as the Perfect Fifth, or the sound of “Universal Harmony” and the force between Yin and Yang, the space between two notes. C and G are known to connect the Root Chakra with the Throat Chakra energy centers.
The Root Chakra is an expression of grounding, safety, foundation, survival, basic needs and self-identity. Whereas the Throat Chakra is an expression of communication, creativity, expression, projecting ideas, and realizing ones potential.
So for example, fear can resonates with a pulse overtones and a jagged feel or even pain in the root chakra. When tuning forks are applied above this area, this is corrected and the sound is more orderly.
The benefits of tuning forks can be numerous, but here are some highlights; balances the nervous system, enhances relaxation, stimulates chi, brings tranquility, reduces stress, inspires calm.
There is so much more that could be said about the practice and use but you really just have to give it a try for yourself. It may just be something you are missing in your healing that is calling to you. I integrate them into massage and hope you will stop in to see me soon!
Julie Haufe, LMT, Reiki Master Practitioner