Good, good, good, Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys wrote and sang the song in the mid sixties and we all liked it and still remember the feeling vividly.
The idea that sound affects the health of the mind and body is not new. … Using the human voice and objects that resonate to stimulate healing (think tuning forks and Tibetan singing bowls), sound therapy is one of a growing number of subtle-energy therapies that make up the field of vibrational medicine.
Tuning fork therapy uses calibrated metal tuning forks to apply specific vibrations to different parts of the body. This can help release tension and energy and promote emotional balance. It supposedly works similarly to acupuncture, using sound frequencies for point stimulation instead of needles.
Tuning forks are a gentle, non-invasive vibrational therapy. Everything in the universe has it’s own unique vibrational pattern, including your body. Each fork vibrates at a specific healing frequency and is designed to bring you into a deeper state of balance.
Tuning forks are used in sound therapy which helps induce a deeper state of relaxation. The soundwaves the fork produces restores the balance in the body’s chakras, keeping the muscles, nervous system and organs in perfect harmony. Using a tuning fork for sound therapy is one of the best techniques to achieve total relaxation. The tuning fork is a great and non-invasive healing tool.
What happens when you strike a tuning fork
Every time you strike a tuning fork, you’re setting off a tiny, invisible hurricane . Thrashing back and forth at tremendous speeds, the two prongs of the fork, known as “tines,” are smashing against nearby air molecules, kicking off a chain of impacts that echo through the air. When these violent, microscopic collisions hit your eardrum, your brain processes them as a gentle hum.
By hitting a tuning fork, you’re causing its tines to vibrate back and forth several hundred times per second. Often, the vibrations are so fast that they’re not visible to the human eye. If you need proof, simply dip a humming tuning fork into a cup of water — it’ll kick up a surprisingly large jet of water. In scientific terms, the speed of a tuning fork’s vibrations is known as its frequency, a quantity measured in hertz (Hz), or vibrations per second.
Most tuning forks are made to vibrate at 440 Hz, a tone known to musicians as “concert A.” To tune a piano, you would start by playing a guitar’s or piano’s “A” key while ringing an “A” tuning fork.
If you’re looking for scientific evidence of the healing power of tuning fork therapy, you may fall short. As with most alternative treatments, traditional healing takes decades to catch up on what was the norm in ancient times.
Over the last 15 years, tuning forks have been getting a fair bit of attention in the world of alternative medicine. In this practice known as tuning fork therapy, a patient lies motionless on a table while the healer passes vibrating tuning forks over their body — the idea being that the vibrations improve mental clarity and physical energy. There’s no evidence for this, but hanging out in a room filled with gently-humming tuning forks should put anyone in a good mood.
Our own Susan Caples at Amelia Massage Associates recently completed a course in Tuning Fork Therapy to complement her healing and relaxation therapies.