What is binaural music?
Binaural Music is music that utilizes an audio technology known as “binaural beats”. Binaural beats or “binaural tones” are an auditory effect that is created in the brain when two tones of slightly different frequencies are played separately into each ear. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and is now commonly used with great effect to create audio technology that enhances relaxation. When played with headphones, you may be able to hear the binaural beats as a subtle pulsing sound beneath the music.
Binaural beats can be used to bring about desirable changes in brainwave activity, thereby helping to induce a state of deep relaxation. For example, by playing a tone of 175 Hertz into the left ear, and a tone of 180 Hertz in the right, the brain detects a frequency of 5 Hertz (the difference between the two frequencies) and is entrained towards a frequency of 5 Hertz.
This technology has tremendous practical benefits for practitioners who wish to guide their listeners into a deeply relaxed state.
Binaural beats cause the brain of the listener to adjust its dominant frequency to match the frequency of the binaural beat. This is what is known as the “frequency following response”. It’s also commonly referred to as “brainwave entrainment”.
Please note that binaural music is most effective when experienced through headphones so that each ear receives a specific frequency. If played on an open stereo system, the music will sound different and may not be as effective.
Common uses for binaural music
Binaural music is an appropriate choice whenever deep relaxation is your goal. Here are some additional ways in which binaural music may be of use to you…
1. They make fantastic background tracks for guided relaxations to cure insomnia (delta frequencies recommended for this purpose).
2. Binaural music can be of great benefit to hypnotherapists who are working with clients who are particularly resistant to relaxation.
3. Binaural music can really enhance instructional guided meditations. If you are creating guided meditations for beginner, intermediate or advanced meditation, binaural music can help to guide your listeners mind into an appropriate state of meditation.
4. Binaural music can also be used for more esoteric spiritual meditations, especially those in which very deep states of relaxation are required.
Do binaural beats work?
Absolutely. Binaural beats were first discovered over 150 years ago, and have been the subject of a great deal of technical exploration over the last 35 years in particular. Millions of people use binaural music to enhance their quality of life and to experience deep relaxation. In fact, binaural music technology is now used for more than just meditation. It is also used by a variety of practitioners and private users for improving self-confidence, stress relief, pain management, relaxation, improving and concentration and improving the quality of one’s sleep. If you would like to read an objective third party report on binaural beats, please refer to this Wikipedia article.
What binaural frequencies are used in our royalty free binaural music?
The Royalty Free Brainwave Entrainment Music on this site is available with three optional binaural beat frequencies:
1. Alpha. Contains a continuous binaural beat of 10 Hertz.
2. Theta. Contains a continuous binaural beat of 5 Hertz.
3. Delta. Contains a continuous binaural beat of 2 Hertz.
4. Gamma. Contains a continuous binaural beat of 40 Hz.
What’s the right frequency for you?
This music encourages a state of alpha relaxation. The alpha state is a pleasant state of relaxed alertness. It’s a state that many people experience when they are waking up in the morning or when they are just beginning to drift off to sleep at night. While in a state of alpha relaxation, the mind is quite clear and receptive to information, learning is accelerated and one’s sense of creativity is enhanced. The mind is also very open to positive suggestions during this state.
This is probably the most popular choice of frequency. The theta state is a state of tremendous stress relief. The benefits associated with theta level relaxation include improved concentration, reduced hyperactivity and improved memory. While in a state of theta relaxation, one’s blood pressure, breathing and heart rate all slow to a much more restful and healthy level that promotes natural healing. During theta relaxation one may also experience vivid flashes of mental imagery as the mind opens to memories or subconscious information that is not available to the conscious mind during the normal waking state. The theta state is a very deep state of relaxation that is excellent for deep hypnosis and mental programming.
This music encourages a state of delta relaxation. Delta brainwaves are most prevalent during deep, dreamless sleep. The delta state is a mostly unconscious state that is essential to one’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. People who are able to achieve a state of delta relaxation through meditation will sometimes describe spiritual encounters and out of body experiences. The delta state is perfect for inducing profound spiritual experiences, healing and deep subconscious repatterning. Delta frequency brainwave entrainment music is also a fantastic cure for insomnia.
Gamma waves are the fastest brainwave frequency range. Gamma brain waves are believed to link and process information from all other parts of the brain. A high amount of gamma wave activity in the brain is associated with intelligence, compassion, focus and feelings of happiness. High levels of gamma brain waves have also been linked to improved memory and an increased sensitivity to sensory input. Low amounts of gamma brainwave activity have been linked to learning difficulties, poor memory and impaired mental processing.