A quartet becoming a quintet becoming a sextet.
On and on, wider and wider - all sounds multiplying and rising together
- and the together creating a sound entirely new!
I bet you that's how God hears the world:
millions of sounds ascending at once and mixing in His ear
to become an unending music, unimaginable to us!
–From Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
“Enjoy your voyage.”
This is what I’m told as I settle into the new NeuroVoyager chair for my 20-minute recharge. Designed around years of published research data, this “vibroacoustic” chair takes you on a multimedia experience that plays YOU as the musical instrument. Indeed, sitting there felt like being inside a piano (or at least what I imagine that would be like), hence my inspiration for the quote above from one of my favorite plays.
These not-inexpensive chairs restore the body and mind through a mix of whole body vibration, light, music, and visual cues. And anecdotal written accounts from NFL athletes, boxers and wrestlers say that benefits are obvious in a short amount of time. For example, the aftereffects of my 20-minute session were:
- Deep relaxation
- No more achy lower back from my long train ride
- Headache disappearance
- Reduction of stress
It may help decrease the experience of pain – from headaches, muscle spasms, and the like – in minutes and speed post-workout recovery. Other research points to reducing PTSD, fatigue, and depression. I know it sounds too good to be true, so here are a few of the studies I’ve found over the last years on how sound, light, and movement may affect all types of healing.
- Vibroacoustic music on challenging behaviors in individuals
with autism and developmental disabilities
- The effects of vibroacoustic therapy and music
on anxiety in patients undergoing breast biopsy
- Vibrational chairs improve Parkinson’s tremor
The sessions incorporate whole body vibration with LED glasses and headphones to create brain-wave entrainment. If you want to dive deeper into the future, check out NeuroEntrain Sciences’ website, which explains more about hemispheric synchronization using isotones, monaural, and binaural beats. http://www.neuroentrainsciences.com
If this is the future - welcome aboard!
A few other studies on effectiveness of pulsed light and sound waves
The use of 'virtual reality' sound technology in psychophysiological sleep enhancement training
Therapeutic ultrasound: Recent trends and future perspectives
Effect of therapeutic pulsed ultrasound on lipid peroxidation and fibrogenesis in an animal model of wound healing