Updated: Jun 13
The relaxing sounds of running water, ocean waves, and a soft, acoustic guitar serve as the perfect backdrop for a relaxing bath or any restful situation. Did you know that there are other sounds that can achieve that sense of relaxation as well? Yes, they are known as binaural sounds. Binaural sounds combine two different audio frequencies that can be played through specially designed speakers to create a unique auditory experience.
The word binaurality comes from the Greek words bíos, meaning “life’ or “healing”, andaurós, meaning “of the ears”. The idea behind binaural recordings is that they help listeners who are anxious or stressed feel more relaxed or energetic. This is because both ears hear slightly different frequencies at the same time, causing them to cancel out when listening through pair of headphones.
If you’re interested in exploring binaural sounds, but don’t know where to begin, allow me to share some relaxing techniques that I have discovered. Also if you are interested you can book some of my private sessions.
What is a binaural beat?
They don’t involve “beats” in the sense of percussive rhythm, like a drum. A Binaural beat stimulates the effect of the two ears by using two slightly different frequencies of sound. This can be helpful for those who are visually impaired, as well as those who are affected by migraines and other types of chronic pain, or who experience stress and anxiety. Binaural sounds have been used for centuries in various cultures. Modern audio technology has only been around for about 100 years, and it was only in the early 2000s that binaural recording technology had advanced enough to produce sounds with sufficient quality for use in relaxation programs.
Binaural beats can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including meditation, pain management, and relaxation. There are programs that have been created to use binaural sounds for relaxation purposes, and each offers a different way of listening. Binaural sounds are often used in the same way that you might use music or white noise, but they have several other benefits that make them an especially useful tool for relaxation and sound therapy.
How Binaural Beats Work with Binaural Audio
Binaural beats can be created through a variety of audio engineering techniques. The most common method involves recording two different frequencies of sound and mixing them together. To create a binaural beat, the frequencies are slightly out of sync with one another, so that each frequency is heard by only one ear. The human brain naturally produces a series of pulsing frequencies known as brain waves. Binaural beats are created by creating frequencies that match or accentuate specific brain waves, which can then have a variety of effects on the body and mind. Binaural beats are particularly helpful for those who suffer from chronic pain and other types of physical stress. Whether you’re looking for a way to relax or relieve physical pain or reduce stress, binaural beats can be a helpful tool. The frequencies used to create binaural beats are often created to target specific areas of the brain and produce specific effects.
Benefits of Binaural Beats
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of binaural sounds is their ability to synchronize the brain waves of two people listening to the sound. This is known as “reciprocal synchronization,” and it can be used to help relieve pain in multiple ways. One way that binaural beats can relieve pain is by creating a state of “hyper-connectivity” in the brain. When the brain is hyper-connected, it can perform at a higher level and produce fewer physical stress responses. In addition, hyper-connected brains also experience less anxiety, which means that those who suffer from chronic pain can feel less stressed out.
Relaxation Techniques Using Binaural Audio
If you’re looking to use binaural audio to relax, you can try a few different techniques. The first is to simply sit quietly and focus on your breathing. When you are first trying out binaural audio, there are various Apps or soundtracks on Spotify or YouTube available for you to download and use. While you can listen to binaural sounds while you’re doing more complex tasks, it’s generally easier to focus on simple tasks while using binaural audio. Be sure to keep things as peaceful and calm as possible. This can help to reduce the amount of stress that you’re feeling. Keep your environment free of anything that could make things more stressful, such as a computer or television. You can also use calming music or white noise to help to keep things as serene as possible.
Binaural sounds are a relatively new type of sound, but they’ve received a significant amount of attention. Binaural sounds have many benefits, including the ability to relax and relieve pain and can be used to target specific parts of the brain by using frequency-based tones, which can lead to more productive and relaxed states of mind. You can find some playlists feature music added over the top of the binaural beats, while others are more straightforward. Give them a try and let me know how you feel about them.