This is what I wrote when planning my SoundBirth Presentation for the Australian Homebirth Conference in March 2016. I'm sharing this for those who couldn't be there. Enjoy :)
I LOVE entrainment! The one and only scientific term that I LOVE!
Since I started reading about entrainment, I can see it working everywhere! And can see how important it is to know about it when it comes to giving birth and being a Mother.
What is Entrainment?
In 1666 Dutch physicist Christian Huygens, the inventor of the pendulum clock noticed that the pendulums of 2 clocks mounted on the same wall had synchronised! This was the birth of the term “entrainment”.
“Entrainment involves the ability of the more powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object to change the less powerful rhythmic vibrations of another object and cause them to synchronise their rhythms with the first object. Through sound it is possible to change the rhythms of our brainwaves, as well as our heart beat and respiration.”
Jonathon Goldman, Resonant Sounds
Examples of Entrainment:
How Does Entrainment Affect YOU Before, During and After the Birth?
“When we utilize singing bowls or practice toning, the fine, harmonious vibration instantly entrains us to the frequency of our own essence.” Dr Mitchell Gaynor
Here are some examples:
Brain Waves / Sound Waves, Same Thing!
I was SO excited when I realised that that brainwaves and sound waves are both measured in cycles per second or hertz. Here is why!
Because of "entrainment", sound waves move or pull or drag our brainwaves into different states of consciousness. As Jonathon Goldman points out above, "they change the rhythms of our brainwaves, heart beat and respiration". This on it's own has huge implications! When aware of this you can start using sound in your life to alter your own state of consciousness depending on what you are needing at the time....Thinking? Doing? Sleeping? Meditating? Birthing?
Here are the four main brain wave states:
If you want to know more about the Science of Sound watch the videos or read any of these books below:
Shh Sound Health in 8 Steps...
The 4 Ways Sound Affect Us ...
Good Vibrations: The Scienc...
The Power of Sound – Jonathon Goldman
Healing at the Speed of Sound – Don Campbell
The Mozart Effect – Don Campbell
And be aware of how your brain is being entrained from now on!
This picture is of my daughter who was 10 at the time playing my bowl at my Blessingway ceremony. She also played the bowl while I was in labour with my fourth baby. She took turns with my other daughter who was 8, my Mum, my husband and my back-up midwife. If a 10 year old can do it so can you!! (or your partner or mother or older child or midwife...)
It is important for both the partner and any other support person to know how to play a crystal singing bowl so that there can always be someone there playing the bowl for you (the birthing woman) during each contraction. After all, if the sound of the bowl does indeed become the woman's favourite birthing ritual someone will NEED to be playing that bowl ... believe me!
Make sure your partner practices playing the bowl whenever he / she has a chance BEFORE the birth. It’s NOT a difficult instrument to play but it is important to feel comfortable playing it and for them to get your feedback on how loud or soft you like it.
Here are some guidelines:
That's all for now!
Share this with your birth support team and give them a go at playing the bowl so they know they can make it resonate and can control the volume.
If you would like to have a SoundBirth I'd be happy to teach you and your birth team everything I know in a private session whenever you are ready!
Nicole Lloyd B(Mus) is a mother of four girls and creator of SoundBirth. Here she shares her experiences using sound before, during and after the birth and anything else about sound or birth that she feels like writing about!