If you are somebody who is struggling with anxiety, stress or other related disorders it may be time to consider ‘binaural beat therapy’. A self-help treatment that is incredibly easy to do (you literally listen to a specialized audio through your headphones) it is a form of sound therapy which is making waves in the therapy world for all the right reasons.
But what does it actually entail and how can it help me? Read on to find out more…
Firstly, what is it?
To put it simply, ‘A binaural beat’ is the frequency difference between the waves entering the left and right ear. This difference in frequency means your brain processes a beat at the difference of the frequencies.
The tones need to be at frequencies lower than 1,000 hertz for the brain to detect the binaural beat and the difference between the two tones can’t be more than 30 Hz.
So how do I listen to them?
You need to listen to them separately- i.e one through each ear. Luckily, there are many pre recorded options guiding you through the process, and as a result binaural beats are influential in music as well as health- sometimes even being used by musicians to tune instruments.
But what are the health benefits?
As mentioned above, binaural beats are influential in helping decreasing feelings of stress and anxiety as well as aiding concentration. Also, due to the beats ability to induce the same mental state associated with meditation, research has also concluded binaural beats can increase the state of relaxation and help create a positive energy.
Meditation is especially important for those struggling with stress and anxiety as it aids the calming of the mind and controls the random thoughts processing through the brain that trigger these negative feelings. In theory, binaural beats help create the ideal frequency for your brain to create the same waves we experience when meditating.
Sounds good! How do I give it a try?
It is very simple to give it a go! All you need is a pair of headphones, a phone or other MP3 player/ music device. Choices Personalized Retreats has created a ‘Binaural Beat’ recording you can listen to for free here: https://choicesretreats.com/guided-meditations/
This binaural beat audio recording is designed to help you achieve a calmer state in your everyday life through a guided sleep meditation conducted by Dr Jeremy Alford.
The page also features series of audio and video recordings to support anxiety relief and relaxation as well as further guided sleep meditations for you to try at your disposal.
Some simple tips to get the most out of your experience:
- Find a time in your day when you can really commit to the listening experience- you need to be distraction and interruption free, much the same as when practicing mediation.
- Follow the instructions on the audio carefully.
- Avoid using binaural beats therapy while undertaking tasks that require your full attention (such as driving) since it is likely you will enter a relaxed state of mind.
- Make binaural beats a part of your weekly routine. The more you practice, the better results you will see.
If you would like to find out more about how Dr Jeremy Alford incorporates binaural beats and the other techniques used in his effective approach to therapy, you can visit his Choices Personalized Retreats Program.