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How does Vibroacoustic Therapy work?

Vibroacoustic therapy

Vibroacoustic therapy is based on the principle that life is vibration. Matter, including the human body, vibrates all the time, at various frequencies. Sound and music also vary in frequency. Therefore, when the various frequencies of sound and/or music are converted to vibration which is introduced to the human body, it can be utilized to bring the body into a state of healthy resonance.

Because our bodies are composed mainly of water – approximately 70% for an older person and about 90% for a newborn baby, all of this water is set into motion when the body is exposed to these sound vibrations. As this water is moved by the vibration, its molecules are reacting and communicating with each other. As this communication occurs, harmony and a healthy resonance are restored in the body.

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Vibroacoustic therapy session with harp

In order for the body to receive and be able to understand and respond to the vibrations, specific frequencies are used to obtain a specific effect. This is pure vibroacoustic therapy, or VAT. For example, according to the more than 40 years of research done by Olav Skille of Norway, we know that low frequencies from 40 hz to 86 hz can be utilized with success to treat conditions ranging from circulatory problems to asthma. Research by Dr. Suzanne Jonas of the USA has shown that frequencies as low as 30 hz have a tremendous positive impact on patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Thus, for therapeutic purposes, specific frequencies can be used, normally by a trained therapist such as Kate Kunkel.

Vibroacoustics can also be utilized with music, where frequencies are laid under music which is composed to complement the frequencies. While this is the most popular form of vibroacoustics for the general public, and is often used for stress reduction, relaxation and meditation, it can also be utilized in therapeutic situations including for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s patients and for children with ADHD. Called VAM, or Vibroacoustic music, when it is used with recorded music, or VAHT when it is used with live harp music, this is also popular with patients who use the modality as they recover from surgeries, undergo cancer treatments, or deal with emotional issues.


VIEW VIDEO for a demonstration of vibroacoustic therapy.