This week’s edition of Hood Health 101 goes into the healing benefits of sound therapy

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It’s that feeling that you get when your song comes on and you feel like its time to turn up. You know that inescapable feeling that gets you energized and makes you feel like you just have to move? Well, there is an explanation for that. Melanin responds to rhythm. Simple, right? Well let me give you the science behind the statement. Scientifically speaking, melanin dominant individuals can become energized or charged by the right type of musical sound or vibration. Carol Barnes, author of Melanin: The Chemical Key To Black Greatness states,


Melanin can rearrange its chemical structure to absorb all energy across the radiant energy spectrum… This includes sound be it music and ultrasonic, visible light, electromagnetic energy, Earth’s magnetic energy…

Now that we understand that melanin responds to sound I want you think about using sound as a form of therapy. In truth, many of us already do so in various ways. I know I am not the only one that had a break up record back in the day. Aside from that, there are various types of sound therapies that you can use to help relieve stress, encourage emotional balance and assist in healing other diseases and issues within the body.  Scientific studies show that sound waves can produce changes in the autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems of the physical body. There are several different types of sound therapies that you or you alternative health care professional can try:


Tuning Forks

These are used to create resonance. Resonance is the when the primary vibration can initiate the secondary vibration which becomes sympathetic to it so they both start resonating at the same frequency. This assists with relaxation and bringing about balance within the body.



Combines sound, breath, and rhythm to produce a state of well being in the mind and the body. You can chant long drawn out vowel sounds or mantras.  When enunciating mantras, the tongue taps certain points along the roof of the mouth sending signals to the hypothalamus, which in turn, adjusts the chemical activity streaming into all of the parts of the brain and the body.



There are also compact discs that you can buy that play music on certain frequencies as well. This will help if you do not readily have a sound therapy professional in close proximity. YouTube also has some great sound therapy videos as well.


Sound therapy can prove to be a relaxing and rejuvenating tool that is easily accessible. Over the years I have collected and still have quite a few albums dedicated to sound therapy. I have also added a Tibetan singing bowl and tuning forks to my collection as well. Ultimately, we are all energetic beings, so I think it is only natural to explore natural methods of healing that deal with the body’s subtle energy fields. I would love to hear about the forms of sound therapy that some of you are using or about your successes with it. Check me out on my social media sites and let me know. Show me love on Twitter @NakeashaJ and on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty


– Nakeasha Johnson (@NakeashaJ)