Good Vibrations

A therapy employs tuning forks to
strike a perfectly healthy pitch.

By Patrick Dougherty

From October, 2008

   The universe is vibrating. So says string theory, a branch of physics that says all matter is made up of tiny vibrating strings. “Everything is a vibration and a frequency,” explains Rita Louise, PhD, a Dallas-based vibrational healing practitioner. “Quantum physicists are finding that when you delve into the substance of an atom, there’s not any physical matter—it’s packets of energy. So if the basic building block of matter in the universe is a packet of energy, then everything that exists in the universe is also energy.”

Energy medicine disciplines build on this premise, promoting health by working with the body’s energy field in a number of ways. This includes vibrational therapy, in which a healthy body’s vibrating energy frequencies are viewed as a lush symphony of instruments, resonating in perfect harmony. For those in poor health, however, the body’s song is more like a grade-school orchestra stumbling and sawing its way through Beethoven’s Ninth. For those whose frequencies are discordant and cacophonous, vibrational therapy advocates say they have the solution. The theory says that “correcting, realigning and retuning” vibrations in the subtle energetic body creates effects which filter down into the physical body, boosting health, according to Louise (www.soulhealer.com).

Call a Tune
    Tuning Fork Therapy is one vibrational healing discipline. It was created by Francine Milford, a Reiki practitioner in Venice, Florida who began to explore how tuning forks might be integrated into energy medicine (www.tuningforktherapy.com). “Our energetic body has a vibration, and every organ in our body vibrates to a certain frequency,” says Milford. “When you’re healthy, all the organs vibrate in a specific way; when you become ill, it changes the vibration.”

Our vibrational frequencies can be thrown out of tune by trauma, negative emotional states, toxins and stress. The preponderance of frequencies in our modern world from cell phones, laptops, televisions and other electrical devices might further skew our natural healthy frequency. “Tuning forks help the body to remember what its healthy frequency is…and how to be healthy again,” says Milford.

Pam Booras, an Illinois-based holistic healer who emphasizes Tuning Fork Therapy for both people and animals (www.unleashed-potential.net), says the therapy is “like tuning a piano. It tunes the vibrations in the body for a total feeling of wellness.” The applications can be far-reaching; it is used for diverse conditions including stress reduction, pain management and smoking cessation. Tuning Fork Therapy is also increasingly used by chiropractors, massage therapists, reflexologists and even by acupuncturists for patients who may be afraid of needles.

Because of its non-invasive nature, Tuning Fork Therapy is particularly suited for use with children and pets. “Tuning Fork Therapy is something simple and inexpensive you can have at home to help children calm down, to help the body to rebalance and refocus,” says Milford. “You can even teach kids how to do it themselves when they’re feeling apprehensive or frustrated.”

Toning Up
    In a typical Tuning Fork Therapy session, a practitioner uses a set of forks; a basic set would include all tones from low to high C. The practitioner “activates” the fork, striking it gently, then passes it over the patient (who is generally lying on a massage table) in specific patterns and durations. Tuning forks of different tones correlate to different organs, life force channels (meridians) and energy centers (chakras) within the body. For example, one routine involves starting at the root chakra, located at the bottom of the torso, with a low-C tuning fork, then moving up to the next chakra with a D tuning fork, and so on until reaching the crown chakra at the top of the head with a high-C tuning fork.

The discipline is evolving; some techniques actually bring the tuning fork in contact with the body’s “pressure points.” “It feels very much like a vibration that moves throughout the body with different tones,” explains Booras. “Some people see many different colors or journey to different places. Tuning Fork Therapy also opens their higher consciousness by helping them to relax and get into that meditative state.”

Though metaphysical in nature, Milford asserts that Tuning Fork Therapy is rooted in fact. “It’s not coming from a ‘voodoo’ area; it’s coming from science,” she explains. Pointing to its origins, she says mathematician Barbara Hero first used sonograms to determine healthy organs’ frequencies, while acupuncturist Fabien Maman and physicist Joel Sternheimer later discover the frequencies of tissues, meridians and pressure points. As string theory further validates a vibrating universe, Tuning Fork Therapy’s vibrational healing gains even more credence.

At a subatomic level, both living beings and cold steel are humming with vibrating energy. As it turns out, the simple act of striking steel to produce a resonant tone may be a sustaining note of healing for energy medicine modalities and beyond.

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