Who knew humming had such therapeutic attributes?
Before I show you how, consider this:
All the activities of the brain and the nervous system depend on the full functionality of the lungs. Wow. Have you ever given that much thought to the lungs? I hadn’t until I was forced to when 19 years ago I was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disorder that affected my lungs. Prior to that, I think–like most people–I took my lungs, and breathing, for granted.
It is for this reason, we should make breathing more of a conscious effort and in the process take back control of our health. Our Creator gave us dominion over all “things” in the Earth; our health being one of those things –a MAJOR THING at that.
So humming, scientists have found, is an effective tool for managing the breath; hence, our overall health. For instance, to keep the sinuses healthy and free from infection, there must be smooth air flow between the sinus and nasal cavity. Studies have shown that while humming, nitric oxides, a gas produced in the sinuses, rose 15-fold. At proper levels, nitric oxide helps boost the flow of oxygenated blood to the muscle and reduces the amount of lactic acid in the body.
Here’s a short video I made a couple years ago after learning about humming for health. Pretty funny how I wasn’t able to do the simpliest of tasks.
The Proper Way To Hum To Reap The Benefits
Audrey Hunt, professional singer and voice coach, says there is a correct way to hum to reap its benefits. Put your lips together gently and hum a sound. Now, check for the following:
- Make sure the lips are barely touching to help you to feel light vibrations.
- The teeth should be apart.
- The tongue must lay flat in the bed of the mouth and relaxed.
- The vibrations will be felt mostly in the upper lip. You may also experience a buzzing feeling in areas around the mouth. (Teeth, hard palate, forehead or top of the head.) This is what you want.
- If the vibrations extend throughout the nasal area and even in the cheeks give yourself a pat-on-the-back.
You are humming correctly. Continue humming and notice how the busy self-talk stops.
If you fail to feel any buzzing or vibrations, you are holding too much tension in your lips. Relax the neck head and shoulder areas.
Feels good, right? Now, try it again.
As I mentioned before, God gave us control over our health. We tend to make managing it such a difficult task when it doesn’t have to be. Just start one breath at a time.
Terri, The Friendly Ghostwriter, aka t-RAW
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