Friends making a party with a guitar and good mood.

Music is a universal language. It is one thing that has touched everyone at some point in time.

Whether you have sung along at a concert with hundreds of other people or listened to a sad song alone and cried, chances are you have had an “experience” with music and sound.

Music can have a profound impact on your emotional and physical state.

For many years scientists have been conscious of the effect of sound on the human body. Using sound to heal and comfort is one of the oldest forms of healing. But how does it work?

We hear music with our ears but more importantly the resonance is felt at the cellular level. It permeates our entire being. That is why some music is described as being “soulful,” as you feel it in your soul. 

Our body is made up of vibration and energy, and sound waves are an integral part of resetting our personal vibration for optimal wellness. The vagus nerve (the longest cranial nerve) starts in the brain and runs through all the major organs in your body. It is part of your nervous system that is responsible for rest, digestion and rejuvenation.

It controls your heart rate, respirations, and immune response. It is measured indirectly by heart rate variability test. The vagus nerve can be overstimulated by constantly being in a state of “fight or flight.” This can be from the busy lifestyles we lead, being overworked, sitting in traffic, or any other stressors in your life.

This overstimulation of the nervous system causes the body to release stress hormones that can leave you feeling depleted. In this state the body is unable to repair itself.

Keeping your body in tune vibrationally is one way to repair an overstimulated vagus nerve. Bringing our energy and vibration back to where it should be through the use of music, sound and healing frequencies is a non-invasive way to soothe the nervous system, decrease your heart rate, and increase circulation.

This reduces stress and anxiety, boosts your immune system, and opens you up to feelings of peace and well-being. By activating stress-reducing pathways, the right vibrations will bring harmony back into your mind, body and soul.

Shembra Carter, RN is the owner of Lowcountry Harmonic Egg Sound and Light Chamber. or