Humming is a natural activity that we all do from time to time, even if we are not aware that we are doing it. It is an innate ability that our bodies know is valuable to our health.
Ancient religions and indigenous cultures use chanting and humming in their healing practices. Today, humming is recognized as a self-tuning practice which has many physical and emotional benefits.
Humming at various pitches sends vibrations through the entire body that help “retune” the body parts at a molecular level. Humming vibrates the cells in muscles and organs and those vibrations act as an internal massage to relieve stress and revitalize the tired and over worked body systems that are difficult to reach and often ignored in other activities. The result of intentional humming is a general feeling of wellness, calm and joy.
We teach and lead a variety of humming meditations which enable the participants to experience the power and impact of these amazing self produced vibrations. Humming is also based on healthy breathing. Humming can be done almost any time or anywhere. When used on a regular basis, humming is a great tool to use to calm oneself, clarify your mind and improve your mood and help you think more clearly. Plus it has many other benefits as listed below.
Our voice is one of the most extraordinary instruments on the planet. With this, we can become maestros at facilitating our own health, healing, and happiness. Humming balances the nervous system just as a tuning fork does. No gadgets or expensive technology is required.
In the book “The Humming Effect” by Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman, they write that “Humming is one of the simplest and yet most profound sounds we can make. If you have a voice and can speak, you can hum.
Research has shown humming to be much more than a self-soothing sound: it affects us on a physical level, reducing stress, inducing calmness, and enhancing sleep as well as lowering heart rate and blood pressure and producing powerful neurochemicals such as oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone.
You do not need to be a musician or singer to benefit from sound healing practices – all you need to do is hum.