Frequently Asked Questions
The sound of your nervous system is an indicator of your current internal state and carries a lot of information. If you’re very stressed, for example, it will sound more shrill and intense. If you’re relaxed, it will sound more flowing and soft. Once you become used to the sound of your nervous system, you can use tuning forks to help you retune your body. More advanced users are able to open the gateway to different states of consciousness. It’s a tool to help you get in touch with your inner landscape and live with more awareness and richness. If you have health issues, the application of tuning forks to pressure points stimulates the release of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is made inside the vascular, nerve and immune cells and is rhythmically released into the surrounding tissues as a gas. It participates in the healthy functioning of all main organ systems and acts as a signaling molecule and attacking molecule neutralizing viruses, bacteria, and other free radicals. We’ve even tested it in laboratory experiments demonstrating the healing power of sound.
As part of his research into sound, Dr John Beaulieu spent 500 hours investigating what happens to the body from exposure to different sounds. In an anechoic chamber, or soundproof booth, he ‘tuned in’ to the sounds of his body and observed high-pitched ringing (that corresponds to the nervous system) and lower-pitched ringing (that corresponds to blood circulation). A trained musician, he began experimenting with tuning forks to test the effects of different notes on his body. To his delight, he realized the intensity of the ringing sounds could be altered and stabilized through the application of different tuning fork notes. He also experimented with different note combinations. After rigorous testing, he was able to demonstrate the powerful healing potential of tuning forks. They are now successfully used across the globe as a tool for healing and health.
The best place to start is with two tuning forks, C and G, that together create the “perfect fifth”. Simply chime the forks together, place them on either side of your ears and hear the sound and vibrations. It’s as simple as that. You’ll also hear what’s known as overtones. If you have the complete set of eight tuning forks, all you need to do is lay out the tuning forks in order and count from one to eight. The number one fork is C256 and number eight is C512. The forks can be used over the body wherever you need awareness or healing. Just ensure you hold the tuning fork at the stem rather than the prong to allow the vibration to happen.
]Tuning forks are heard and felt differently. On one level, it’s a chiming sound in your ears. Some people also feel vibrations in their bones and body. We encourage what’s known as “reception” creating a relaxed state so the sound of the tuning fork is better received. You can take deep breaths and calm yourself. If using the tuning forks as part of bodywork, the practitioner can hold the patient’s forehead in one hand and the back of the head in the other hand. For around three minutes, imagine energy pulsing between your hands. After this process, the tuning forks will work more powerfully.
No. It is completely safe. You will not damage your hearing or psyche using tuning forks. [/collapse] [collapse title=”I am feeling anxious. Which tuning forks do I use?”]We have established a series of protocols to help users with different conditions. These are outlined in the book “Human Tuning: sound healing with tuning forks” by John Beaulieu. In the case of anxiety, we suggest this sequence: octave (C-C512), 4th (C-F), 5th (C-G), 4th (C-F) and unison (Otto 128 or hum). The octave creates an ether space allowing thoughts to become more detached. The 4th balances daily thoughts. The 5th changes the thought pattern. And the unison earth tone brings a sense of security and safety. The book covers nervous system balance and wellbeing, motivation, increasing creativity, life direction, dreaming, quality sleep, digestive balance, loss/grief, and grounding.
We devised Otto (osteophonic) tuning forks that have weights placed on the prongs. The weights create a stronger vibration that is transferred through the tuning fork stem directly into tissue. You can feel bones and tissue vibrate when the stem is held to a point on the body. Otto tuning forks are not tapped together to create overtones but can be used to create a pure sound. There are three Otto tuning forks: Otto 32, Otto 64, and Otto 128. The numbers stand for cycles per second. The Otto 128 vibrates a perfect fifth pulse that can be placed on the body and transmitted directly into joints, bones, tissues, acupuncture points, and trigger points. Using the Otto 128 two times on any one point is adequate. Too much stimulation can cause a decrease in nitric oxide.
Tuning forks are an ideal adjunct to acupuncture, reflexology and trigger point therapy. The Otto 128 can sonically stimulate acupuncture points, ear, hand and foot reflex points and trigger points. We have a lot of material to assist health practitioners in the use of tuning forks in healing.
The emphasis on testing frequency is interesting. I have no idea of how the NIOSON tested — the environment, equipment, etc. etc.
I want to be clear — if you want a precise tuning fork you should go to a very small science based crystal tuning fork — these are micro forks made of crystals that have to activated by lasers. And even these tuning forks will vary. If you want to use normal tuning forks they are going to vary based on conditions outside a lab. If you test a tuning fork under proper conditions at 20 C with good instruments there should be a minor variation from base freq. This is the starting point. You also want to test the harmonics created by the tuning fork. I cannot tell you how important these harmonics are. BioSOnic Tuning forks are designed with an aluminum alloy formula that makes them a hardness that will ring the harmonic series without dropping harmonics.
When I first began using tuning forks in 1973 the companies thought only in the terms you are thinking — fundamental frequency — and when I asked for a tuning fork that would ring the harmonics they thought this was in inferior tuning fork. It took me years to design and create a tuning fork that would do what I wanted for healing and all the time the industry thought I was creating an inferior tuning fork.
You ask me about variance. Once the fork comes out of the lab and rings the harmonics then frequency will vary depending on conditions, touch, how one taps, etc. etc. The modulation of frequency is desirable. In fact the modulation of frequency creates brain wave entraining beats that are embedded in the harmonics. This is all very interesting to the ear and good for the hair of the inner ear. And these harmonics are bouncing off the skin — and the skin actually hears better then our ears. The list of the benefits goes on and on.
So if there a variation of more then 1 Hz outside a lab — my answers is probably yes and this modulation is in fact good for healing. It might even be that the modulation is a result of the therapeutic alliance — which I am sure influences the nature of the sound in space.
Also steel tuning forks do not ring harmonics. They were considered in 1973 the gold standard of tuning forks. And I have some wonderful Shefield tuning forks that are amazing for precision. However they are terrible for human tuning but very good for physics classes. For me the gold standard of healing is much different and little by little research is showing demonstrating this via vagal tone, limbic oscillation, etc. etc. For example we know with vagal implant tuning devices that they work best when frequency is slightly modulated. We know that music is best when slightly out of tune and modulating.
The challenge is understanding human tuning and getting away from the idea of precise tuning — with tuning we get near precise in a lab. This is the best we can do. And from there the overtones will ring in precision regardless of base freq modulation. And they will contain precise intervals and it is really the intervals that are most important.