The power of humming by Jasmin Harsono

In our fast-paced world, where stress and anxiety seem to be constant companions, it can be challenging to slow down. Finding simple yet effective ways to promote relaxation, balance, stillness, resilience, and well-being is crucial. 

One powerful technique that is a profound practice of mine is humming. Beyond its melodic nature, humming has been found to offer a range of healing and sensory benefits, providing a powerful method and soothing balm physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Jonathan Goldman, author of “The Humming Effect”, a pioneer in sound healing, has extensively researched the therapeutic effects of humming. His work has shed light on the profound impact of humming on the human body and mind. 

“Humming is one of the simplest yet most profound sounds we can make. If you have a voice and can speak, you can hum. Research has shown humming to be much more than self-soothing. It affects us on a physical level, reducing stress, inducing calmness, and enhancing sleep. It also lowers heart rate and blood pressure and produces powerful neurochemicals such as oxytocin, the “love” hormone.”

Goldman’s research highlights the transformative potential of humming as a relaxation technique and a means to promote overall health and vitality. The vibrations generated during humming are seen as a dynamic tool for holistic well-being.

Incorporating Jonathan Goldman’s insights into our exploration, it becomes evident that humming is not just a casual activity but a deliberate and potent practice with far-reaching benefits. Combining scientific understanding and experiential wisdom enhances our appreciation for the healing and sensory dimensions of humming.

Here are some benefits of humming

Stress Reduction – Humming has a remarkable ability to calm the nervous system. When we hum, the vibrations stimulate the vagus nerve, which plays a key role in regulating stress. The gentle hum creates a sense of safety and relaxation, helping to alleviate the tensions accumulated throughout the day.

Enhanced Mood – Humming triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. This can lead to an uplifted mood and a reduction in feelings of anxiety or sadness. It’s a simple and accessible way to boost your emotional well-being.

Improved Breathing – Humming encourages diaphragmatic breathing, where you engage your diaphragm fully. This type of breathing is associated with relaxation and can be especially beneficial for individuals dealing with respiratory issues or those looking to enhance their overall respiratory health.

Auditory Stimulation – Humming engages the auditory senses, creating a focused and rhythmic sound. This auditory stimulation can be a form of meditation, helping to redirect attention inward.

Vibrational Therapy – The vibrations produced while humming profoundly affect the body. These vibrations can resonate through various parts of the body, promoting a sense of awareness, balance and harmony. It’s a gentle form of vibrational therapy that can be done anywhere.

Mind-Body Connection – Humming serves as a bridge between the mental and physical aspects of our being. As you hum, you become more attuned to the vibrations and sensations in your body, fostering a deeper connection between the mind and body.

Daily Humming Exercise 

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Now that we’ve explored the benefits let’s try a simple humming exercise to experience its effects firsthand:

  • You can find a quiet and comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Sit or stand in a relaxed posture, ensuring your spine is straight.
  • Safely close your eyes to enhance your focus on the humming sensation.
  • Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth to release any tension.
  • Begin to hum gently. Keep the mouth closed as you hum, allowing the sound to flow naturally, breathing through the nose. 
  • Focus on the vibrations in your body.
  • Continue humming for 3-5 minutes, maintaining a steady and comfortable rhythm.
  • As you finish, notice how you feel and any changes in your mood, stress levels, or overall sense of well-being.

Incorporating humming into your daily routine can be a simple yet powerful addition to your self-care toolkit. The healing and sensory benefits extend beyond the immediate humming moment, creating a ripple effect that enhances overall well-being. So, the next time you find yourself overwhelmed, consider embracing the harmonious hum as a gentle and accessible path to relaxation, balance and rejuvenation.

Written by

  • Jasmin Harsono

    Jasmin is a London-born entrepreneur of mixed heritage who is an influential force with an indomitable passion for music, sound, and wellness. She earned esteemed industry recognition, notably as a finalist for the Allbright BrightList Wellness Pioneer award in 2023. With a degree in Music and Media Management, she brings a wealth of experience, including roles in TV music and Fashion production. Jasmin is distinguished as a multi-sensory artist specialising in crafting captivating experiences that profoundly engage the senses. She is a meditation teacher and practitioner, specialising in energy, sound and the voice. In 2017, she founded the international wellness brand Emerald and Tiger, a trailblazer in corporate wellness and brand activations. In 2023, she founded Feels Space, which delves deeper into healing and sensory experiences by curating immersive experiences, installations, and soundscapes. Her international book, 'Self Reiki', published by DK, further solidifies her impact on the wellness landscape.

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