How to Do Brain Wave Vibration

Brain Wave Vibration can take many forms, although the basic principles behind it remain the same. Listed below are some of the most popular ways to do Brain Wave Vibration. They can be done alone, simultaneously, or flowing from one to the next

One of the most basic forms of Brain Wave Vibration is moving your head and upper body to your own internal rhythm. Follow along with the video below and experience the simplicity and power of the practice yourself. As with any exercise program, consult with your physician if you have health concerns.

Although music is not necessary, using it when you practice can make it easier to get into the rhythm. Percussion music, such as that from African and Latin American cultures, or traditional Korean drumming called sa-mul-nori, is ideal. Sa-mul-nori drumming is featured on the Music for Brain Wave Vibration CD.

The Head Nod Method

This is the most simple and convenient form of Brain Wave Vibration. It can be done standing, sitting, or lying down and is designed to deliver vibrations directly to your brain stem for immediate tension release and deep relaxation. Try it anytime during the day, even while working at your desk, to refresh your brain. Just three minutes will clear your head, enhance your focus, and leave you feeling more energized.

Full-Body Vibration

The goal with this method is to create total relaxation and a calm, meditative state. It’s very similar to the body vibration and shaking medicine techniques that indigenous cultures have used for centuries. With practice, your inhibitions will loosen and you will intuitively take on postures that your body desires for its own natural healing. Most practitioners use some form of rhythmic drum music to get easily into the flow.

Chest Vibration

Variations of this method are designed to open the chest and stimulate the heart chakra. This form also helps to release pent up emotions like sadness, anger, or disappointment, which are often held in the chest and throat areas. It can be done standing or sitting, with or without vocal tones. Techniques include twisting your upper body or tapping lightly on your chest with loose fists or your palms.

Abdominal Vibration

This method is the most effective technique for stimulating blood flow and energy to the lower abdomen, which is the core of your physical and energetic being. By tapping and focusing on this area, you are balancing energy throughout the body, grounding yourself, and stimulating your intestines. If you get dizzy easily, warm up with this method before using other techniques, such as the head nod and full-body vibration.

Energy Meditation

This form of Brain Wave Vibration requires deep, relaxed concentration so it is a good idea to stretch or use another method to loosen up before beginning. It is designed to help you increase your awareness of energy between your palms and throughout your whole body. This method helps to quiet your mind and go beyond your emotions, and leads to a more relaxed state. 

Classes that include the method are also available through Dahn Yoga or Body + Brain Centers.

Tips for Practice

  1. Bigger isn’t always better. Begin with simple, subtle movements and let the sensation grow from there. Focus on your body to discover your own natural rhythm. Always warm-up with a few stretches.
  2. Practice anytime, for as long as feels appropriate. Start with several 3-5 minute sessions and work up to sessions of 10 minutes or more. To prevent dizziness, always ease to a stop with each technique.
  3. Consider your environment. You can practice anywhere. It is ideal to practice in a quiet place with few distractions. Practicing with a group can yield different results.
  4. Be confident. There is no right or wrong way to practice. Empty your mind of doubts, inhibitions, and feelings of awkwardness and just move according to the natural flow of your body.
  5. Focus inward and send a positive message to yourself. Instead of vainly trying to shut off your mind, concentrate on a single empowering thought or mantra that you can repeat to yourself, silently or aloud.
  6. Breathe well. Breathe naturally and focus on exhaling completely through your mouth, to release tension. Imagine that you are expelling negative ki from your body.
  7. Expect ups and downs. Negative energy will be expelled as fresh, new energy comes into the body. Some people experience this as body aches or psychological effects. Consult a doctor with any concerns.

Source: Brain Wave Vibration, 2nd Edition by Ilchi Lee, 2009, pg. 165-170.