Sound Frequencies for Health

by | Nov 12, 2022 | Effects of Music, Music Therapy | 8 comments

by Steve Rees, Ret. RN, Harpist

This article continues to explore the subject of Serenity and some of the scientific reasons for surrounding ourselves with the wonders of the natural world.

John Stuart Reid from the Shift Network provided a class on the subject of Sound Therapy. As this subject was close to my area of interest, I decided to pay for the course and learn from John’s knowledge. I’m glad I did because he is providing information that confirms what I have understood for some time now. Also, he presents it in a very scientific way.

One of the recommendations that I presented in my last article was to take the time and enrich your senses to the wonders of the natural world. These are the places and times when you will find rejuvenating energy for your body, mind, and soul.

As I listened to one of John’s modules, he explained that when we sit and listen to a waterfall, creek, or river, we expose ourselves to ultrasound frequencies that are not audible but are present as documented by instrumentation. A walk by the ocean will produce the same effect. He had a meter that recorded the presence of ultrasound frequencies and played a recording of a waterfall, and it lit up. Amazing! At the same time, it did not light up when a voice spoke into it.

John also observed that there are many sources of these ultrasounds in the natural world instead of the artificial environment that most people live within. The sounds of the wind in the trees, the birds chirping, and many other sounds one encounters on a walk in the woods produce these frequencies that are so beneficial.

What is even more amazing about this phenomenon is the biological function that occurs within our nasal passage.  When exposed to these ultrasound frequencies, special cells stimulate the production of nitric oxide which is responsible for reducing our blood pressure and slowing our heart rate. Other producers of these ultrasounds are full sound spectrum musical instruments such as the harp! This explains why so many people are positively affected by the music I present on CDs, on YouTube, and at live concerts.

A look at the properties of nitric oxide reveals that the endothelium (inner lining) of blood vessels uses nitric oxide to signal the surrounding smooth muscle to relax, resulting in vasodilation and increasing blood flow. It also results in reducing blood pressure. Interestingly, breathing through the nose produces nitric oxide, but breathing through the mouth does not have the same effect.

I recommend John’s work to you if you were interested in sound therapy. His website is:                                                    

He has also developed a Cyma Scope that can display beautiful geometric patterns of different sounds that are sampled or spoken into a microphone.

One of the pieces of information that started me on my whole journey with understanding the healing qualities of the harp and its music was when a friend shared the concept of cymatics. He had shown me an article on geometric designs produced on a metal plate sprinkled with sand that had sound conducted to the plate. Different sounds result in different patterns. As I considered this, it suggested there were material properties to sound.

This inspired me to investigate if the physical letters of the Psalms of David might have clues to connections with musical notes or sound frequencies. I wondered if I could decipher those notes into musical compositions. This understanding has led me to produce the Calming Harp music that I present today at:                                                                  

John’s research takes this concept well beyond my original understanding. Through the images produced by the Cyma Scope, he demonstrates how structured sound is, and how beautiful it is to be able to “see” sound. For example, he experimented with a dolphin research group in Florida, which demonstrated that the sonar signals a dolphin sends out can be used by the dolphin to produce an image of what the sonar signals are bouncing off. This ability enables it to “see” with sound, even in murky water.

Experiments are underway to find out if the sound from a heart beating could be used to help diagnose any pathologies that might exist. Another area of possibility is the ability to hear cells and determine if they are cancerous or healthy. John even showed a Cyma Gram of a healthy body cell compared to a cancerous cell. This ability leads to the possibility of a surgeon being able to use the Cyma Scope to be able to tell if they were able to excise all of a tumor during an operation.

The medical world is embracing music and sound therapy more and more as studies reveal the abilities of sound and music to address disease. As we come to understand more about the properties of sound that can be applied, additional applications will be developed.

My hat’s off to John and the work that he has been doing over the past few decades. Fascinating discoveries have been made about the benefits of sound frequencies for health, and no doubt there are more to come.


  1. Craig Miller

    Mr. Rees- I have been a Christian therapist for many years (44) working with the emotional frequencies that are connected to the body part frequencies- finding amazing healing as Holy Spirit leads the release. I am very interested in adding the sound frequencies during the healing sessions to see how the shift in release takes place. Can you tell me which CD would be best for physical and emotional healing of the person?
    My book regarding the emotional connection to body function is, Breaking Emotional Barriers to Healing. I would be happy to send you a copy. Many blessings with your work.

    • Grace Bridges

      Michael Tyrrell has a book about the different Solfeggio frequencies, and he named them “nicknames” based on their properties
      All of these have physical applications for organs, but I don’t know all of them. The book is really interesting and scientific at the same time and I recommend it or Dr Leonard Horowitz’ work to find out more.
      396 – “The Open Door” dark red
      This one to me is kind of like the open arms of God.
      417 – “Desert Sojourn” red (I think)
      This one is good for overcoming addiction/breaking negative cycles
      444 – Key of David (King David)
      528 – Transformation (Love) green
      In the book he says the most work has been done studying 528 and increasing telomere length
      639 – “The Bridge”/Frequency of Fellowship, blue
      Good for drawing people closer together/reconciliation
      741 – “The Great Awakening”, indigo
      I think this one is about seeing God working through nature and our circumstances
      852 “The Majestic”, royal purple
      Worshipping God🤗🙌🏻

      I hope this helps you figure out which frequency(ies) would help!

  2. Cynthia Ramos Martinez

    Which CD would be best for insomnia?
    Do you have “Peaceful Harp Music Ambience” CD music for sale?

    • Lesley O’Hern

      Do you have a Harpist CD suitable for a 56 yo man who has had chronic insomnia for over 30 years?
      He is very much against taking drugs, gets plenty of exercise in the open air, most of his work is outdoors & he lives on acreage. He is cautious with his diet & likes organic.


      I’m sorry I didn’t read this earlier. The CD Tabernacle Prayer has all 6 frequencies so that might be what you are looking for. Call me – 707-373-0976 if you have questions

  3. Wes Bayers

    Steve- God bless you! I was listening to a number of your recordings- especially enjoyed the Calming selections! I love it that you understand about 444 tuning! I noticed that the scenery on the “Calming” music was at the Bellengrath Gardens near Mobile- I live in Daphne, AL. Would love to have some conversation with you some time. I play keys and percussion and have led worship for many years. If you are interested, please let me know. Again, many thanks for sharing your gift!


    I’m sorry I didn’t read this earlier. The CD Tabernacle Prayer has all 6 frequencies so that might be what you are looking for. Call me – 707-373-0976

  5. Michelle

    Any suggestions for someone wanting to bring the feeling of love to their surroundings?

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