Animals are very sensitive creatures.
By that, I do not mean that they are touchy, feely, “Let’s talk about our feelings” kind of sensitive. I mean that animals are very much in tune to their surroundings and their bodies. Music therapy can be used to change the environment from stressful to calm, as well as target health concerns.
Sound therapy, Vibrational therapy, Music therapy, and Entrainment are all different words for the same concept: that the right music can heal the body, mind, and soul. As Tree McKenna Cinque, Crystal Master and Sound Practitioner says, “Sound Therapy, whether through the use of sound tools, singing bowls, or voice helps lift the issues out of tissues.”
Music therapy has ancient origins. Australian Aborigines and Native American Indians used sound to heal from within in their sacred ceremonies. The priest’s of ancient Egypt used vowel sounds to balance chakras. Chakras are energy centers located throughout all living creatures. People have seven major ones located along the axis of their bodies, while animals have eight major chakras. The Tibetans still use bells, chimes, bowls, and chanting, during their spiritual meditations and practices. Music therapy has modern applications as well. It’s used in hospitals for pain management, labor and delivery, neonatal care, pediatrics, oncology, physical rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. It is also used with Alzheimer patients and to break up kidney stones. Music therapy is used in zoos to calm agitated animals and in dairy farms to increase milk output.
What exactly is music therapy?
Music therapy is based on the premise that everything in life has a corresponding musical note or vibrational level. Some of this is instinctive knowledge. For instance, you already know that you can identify someone over the phone by the sound of his or her voice. Our understanding goes deeper than that. Nanotechnologists at UCLA discovered that the sound of yeast cells differ from that of mammalian cells. A black hole in the heart of the Perseus galaxy cluster was recorded at 57 octaves below middle C in the note of B flat. A healthy heart vibrates at F. The earth itself “hums” at 7.8 Hz, which by the way is the vibration of the alpha waves of our brains.
How does this all relate to animals?
While we hear in the 200 to 20,000 Hz range, animals can hear up to 200,000 Hz. Hence, they are far more sensitive to music than we are. Playing high-energy music can stress out a pet resulting in behavioral issues. Or on the flip side, you can calm a stressed pet with lower energy music. In addition, you can mitigate particular health concerns by choosing the corresponding musical note associated with the problem.
"Animals and pets are so tuned into vibration and sound much more so than humans. Animals have the capacity to hear more octaves and tones than humans and our profoundly affected by sound. Their emotional state or well being can be manipulated or entrained with music whether its from your ipod, your voice or a tuning fork. They seek to be in a state of natural balance not unlike us. We all can thrive harmoniously together when our intentions are continuously created from a place of love. And what better way to express our love to our pets then the most spiritual art forms ...music" Jennifer Zulli (New Age Artist/Musician, sound healer and Founder of SOUND (Center for Arts & Mindfulness) in Newtown, CT.
How do you Incorporate music therapy into your pet’s life?
The two easiest mediums to add are music and singing bowls.
Music, such as Steven Halpern’s “Chakra Suite”, uses musical notes to balance chakras that are out of alignment, closed, or overly open. Play calming music throughout the day, such as harp, easy listening, or classical. It will reduce stimuli, which in turn, lowers stress levels. Lowered stress levels may improve behavioral issues.
Singing bowls are made from either metal or crystal and vibrate when played to a particular frequency or musical note. Most common singing bowls are found in 11 different notes. A bowl that resonates at C would correspond to the root chakra. Playing this bowl would help with any concerns connected to the root chakra. Tonka, an older pet, loves when mom plays her root bowl. In fact, he places his arthritic bum as close to the bowl as he can get.
Animals with healthy, balanced chakras are more effective at self-healing. Many energetic practitioners use it as a complement to their chosen modality.Adding music therapy to your pet’s environment is easy and the benefits will extend across the board to all members of your family. It can be an effective part of your overall health maintenance plan for your pets that should also include regular veterinary visits.