The psychological technique known as Autosuggestion works by using self-induced affirmations that make it possible for individuals to steer their thoughts, feelings, or behaviour. They will subconsciously adopt a new attitude that will enable them to make a positive change and improve their quality of life.

Autosuggestion can be seen as a sort of pep-talk that you have with yourself. Repeating certain words silently in your mind can make you change your attitude towards something. It can give you the confidence to manage the things that you are nervous about, or give you the power to overcome your fears.

Autogenic training

This relaxation technique was developed in 1926 by the Berlin psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz. Today, autogenic training is a widely used and medically recognized psychotherapy method that works very well. It is understood as a form of self-hypnosis where the user repeats specific suggestions, such as “I am very calm” to influence his or her mind and body. These formulas involve imagining weight, temperature, heart regulation, respiratory regulation, abdominal warmth and forehead cooling.

Autogenic training is used in SonicTonic for creating a state of calm and peace in the categories “De-Stress” and “Change”.


Hypnosis involve a psychologist or psychotherapist giving specific instructions to a patient that will cause a trance state in which influence can be exerted on the patient’s unconscious mind. The therapy uses various methods that are all designed to positively influence the subconscious. These include thought journeys, metaphors, stories and goal projection. Subsequently, the patient can also be taught to use certain exercises in self-hypnosis.


Unlike in autogenic training, imagination does not just repeat sentences; it creates a place of relaxation and fantasy. It should be manifested as detailed as possible, and with all senses. This place serves to recharge the patient’s batteries.

Bottom Line

Ultimately, autosuggestion can positively influence the patient’s thoughts and create a permanent optimistic attitude that will result in more life satisfaction.

What makes SonicTonic unique is its expertly crafted tonics. All you need to do is sit back, relax, plug in your headphones and let the relaxing sounds take you on a journey. You don’t need to learn anything, there’s no meditation involved, instead each and every tonic administers a good strong dose of Receptive Sound Therapy to help you manage stress, sleep better and focus more.

So, what is Receptive Sound Therapy and how can it help you to manage your stress, sleep better and put you into a better state of mind. We’re here to tell you all about it.

What is Receptive Sound Therapy?

Receptive Sound Therapy is the clinical use of recorded sound, music, or spoken word, or combination thereof which, when listened to, has beneficial physiological, psychological or social effects. There are also studies that show that Receptive Sound Therapy can improve concentration, boost motivation and increase energy.

SonicTonic uses 5 special ingredients in the various tonics: binaural beats, Isochronic tones, Solfeggio frequencies, ASMR, autosuggestion and music. Each blend has been carefully crafted to help reduce stress, improve sleep and ease psychological problems.

The history of Receptive Sound Therapy

Receptive Sound Therapy is nothing new, healing with sound is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man and has been used for hundreds of thousands of years as a way of soothing the mind and emotions.

In the ancient societies of Egypt, Greece and India, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed science, and the Aboriginal people of Australia have used the didgeridoo as a healing tool for at least 40,000 years.

In the past 70 years there has been extensive research done on the phenomenon, including the study conducted by Dr. David Trudeau in 1998. He used 18 Hz frequencies to treat patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) which resulted in patients reporting reduced depression and impulsivity along with increased energy and improved sleep.

Michael Hutchison also mentions this frequency in his book “MegaBrain”, which he says can be used for the purpose of increasing energy and motivation. Dr. Cary Howard also got similar results in his study in 1986, in which 12 students reported significantly reduced symptoms fatigue at the end of a seven-week course.

The techniques used in Receptive Sound Therapy, and in SonicTonic, have been created to bring about quick and long-lasting positive changes. With SonicTonic we address the two main aspects of Receptive Sound Therapy: psychological and neurological. Managing stress, burnout, depression and other conditions often requires a combination of these two approaches. Depression, for example, can be treated most effectively by increasing the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin.

The Neurological Aspect: Brainwave Entrainment

Reading brainwave patterns can tell you a lot about our everyday lives. For example, a person’s brainwave pattern can show if they are tired, full of energy, or feeling focused. Brainwave patterns can also show if someone is suffering with depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders.

Brainwave Entrainment is a technique whereby the brain is coaxed into a certain state through use of pulsing light, sound or electromagnetic fields. Through simple changes and the optimisation of specific frequencies, a huge range of problems can be dramatically reduced or eliminated. For example, memory, concentration, and mental speed can be all improved dramatically thanks to brainwave stimulation. What’s more, sleep and deep stages of meditation can be initiated and headaches can be reduced through brainwave entrainment and it can release helpful chemicals such as growth hormone and serotonin.

The Psychological Aspect: Suggestions, Visualisations and Hypnosis

For problems that can’t be solved by Brainwave Entrainment alone, there are a number of other proven sound-based psychological techniques that can be used. Suggestions (affirmations) and visualisation techniques are great for overcoming anxiety, quitting smoking, losing weight, boosting self-esteem, performance and motivation – and much more.

Hypnosis, for example, is a well-known psychological technique. The task of the hypnotist is primarily to relax the patient to bring his mind into a receptive state (the so-called hypnotic trance). The hypnotist then uses a series of suggestions in the form of sentences or commands, such as, “You are self-confident and self-determined!. When your mind is in a receptive state, suggestions and other psychological techniques (such as visualisations) can have a quick and dramatic effect on your thinking, behaviour and emotional state.

SonicTonic combines sounds that influence brainwaves to help you manage stress, sleep better and focus more, along with autosuggestion that can help put your mind into a receptive state. Why not try out our tonics next time you’re feeling stressed. You’ll be surprised what Receptive Sound Therapy can do for you.

Disclaimer: Whilst the Receptive Sound Therapy methods used in SonicTonic have provided many people with a tool to control, reduce and even eliminate mind-based problems, SonicTonic does not claim to be a legally approved medical intervention or a replacement for a therapy or medication.

Further Reading

Frederick, J. A., Lubar, J. F., Rasey, H. W., Brim, S. A., & Blackburn, J. (1999). Effects of 18.5 Hz auditory and visual stimulation on EEG amplitude at the vertex. Journal of Neurotherapy, 3(3-4), 23-28.

Gontkovsky, S. T., & Montgomery, D. D. (1999, June). The physiological response to” beta sweep” entrainment. In APPLIED PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND BIOFEEDBACK (Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 133-133).

Hammond, D. C. (2001). Treatment of chronic fatigue with neurofeedback and self-hypnosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 16(4), 295-300.

Howard CE, Graham LE, 2nd, Wycoff SJ. A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students. J Dent Educ. 1986;50(9):542-544

Hutchison, M. (1986). Megabrain: New tools and techniques for brain growth and mind expansion. New York: Beech Tree Books.

Trudeu, D. (1999). A trial of 18 Hz Audio-Visual Stimulation (AVS) on Attention and Concentration in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.




Matthew Schulkind compares declarative and procedural memory with regard to music. Songs that people have a special relationship with need just the first few notes of a song transport the listener back to that particular time and place. Music can help dementia patients to bring back lost informations stored in longterm memory. In a clinical study, listening to music increased the likelihood of patients’ remembering faces or the names associated with those faces.


The 528Hz tone is widely known as the ‘Miracle’ tone and associated with ‘DNA Repair’ as part of the original Solfeggio musical scale. Dr. Leonard Horowitz refers to the 528 Hertz frequency as the “LOVE frequency”. “It resonates at the heart of everything. It connects your heart, your spiritual essence, to the spiraling reality of heaven and earth.” In this video, Dr. Leonard Horowitz tells that 528 Hertz is a frequency that is central to the “musical mathematical matrix of creation more than any sound previously discovered.”

Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Or wake up too early and spend hours staring at the ceiling unable to fall asleep again? Well, the good news is that ASMR, could help you.

ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, is a relatively new phenomenon. It describes a feeling of euphoric tingling and relaxation that can be triggered by listening to certain sounds. Not only does this sensation feel nice, it can also help you to fall asleep and stay asleep, here we tell you how.

ASMR has become a big trend in recent years, especially on YouTube, where thousands of ASMR artists are producing videos every day designed to help viewers to fall asleep or relax. Many of the sounds that trigger ASMR include brushing, soft whispering, mic scratching, tapping and positive affirmations. Typing in ASMR  also brings up clips from a 1980s US television series in which the artist Bob Ross teaches the viewer how to paint. It’s said that the sounds of dabbing paint onto canvas along with his calming voice make for a great ASMR experience. At first glance, watching someone scratch a mic, whisper or tap repeatedly might seem strange, but these videos have millions of views and ASMR has attracted a huge following, especially among those who suffer from anxiety and insomnia.

How does ASMR help with sleep?

Although not everyone feels the tingling, listening to sounds such as whispering or scratching, which are associated with massage and calm moments, can help you to fall asleep and sleep better. ASMR is known for causing bliss followed by sleepiness, so it offers a way to overcome the stress of the day as it helps you to push out thoughts that make it difficult for you to sleep, helping you to fall into a deep sleep without being interrupted.

How does it work?


Researchers think that ASMR comes from the need to bond with other human beings. A lot of the noises, i.e. whispering, scratching etc. are noises that are usually only heard when you’re close to someone. And the feelings that many report as an effect of ASMR are feelings that come from close relationships, i.e. feelings of security, happiness, euphoria and relaxation. It’s also been linked to feelings from childhood. Lullabies, soft voices and whispers might remind us of happier moments when we were comforted by our parents or family. So why not try it out tonight?

SonicTonic uses ASMR in its tonics to help you to relax, the tonics are also long, so that you can drift off whilst listening. With ASMR you don’t need to learn anything, so just download our app on the App Store or Google Play store and try out our sleep tonics for yourself. Sweet dreams.

Braincells, also called neurons use electricity to communicate with each other. Medical equipment like an EEG are able to measure these electric brainwaves.
Those graphs shown by the EEG are called Brain Waves Patterns because of its cyclic,wave-like nature.There are 4 different Categories of Brain Wave Patterns.

“Most of us live the majority of our lives in a state of primarily beta brain waves – aroused, alert, concentrated, but also somewhat stressed.”

The Alpha Brain Wave Pattern is an ideal condition for us to learn new Information like new languages, analyze complex situations or for example improve focus and performance in athletics. The “decreased electrical activity in the brain can lead to significant increases in feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins, noroepinephrine and dopamine.”

When you focus on something like meditation, your breath or a prayer the electrical patterns in your brain slow down and relax “and the amplitude of your brain-waves generally stabilizes in the alpha wave range.”
To get the same effect you can use the Brainwave entrainment method that causes your brainwaves to change its EGG frequency towards the frequency of a dominant external stimulus, such as binaural beats.
“The way that these work is that two tones close in frequency generate a beat frequency at the difference of the frequencies.”
For example: a 315 Hz audio tone and 325 Hz will produce a 10 Hz binaural beat, which is in the middle of the alpha brain wave range.

Interview with expert Dr. Jeffrey Thompson: Transcript

Writer: Gerald Oster
Source: The Scientific American (Source

Despite the many that state Gerald Oster invented binaural beat brainwave entrainment, this document (painstakingly recreated by Brainisohertz) puts the record right. It gives a pretty good explanation of the basic concept of binaural beats before it goes into detail.

Writer: Welz, Karl Hans
Source: HSCTI

When someone uses words that boost your confidence, surpass your fears and get you to do the unthinkable, you have been “pep-talked”. This approach of motivating someone and soothing their nervousness is widely known and is used successfully by all sorts of people – from sportsmen, to students, businessmen and public speakers. But did you know that you can also pep-talk yourself? Yes you can! Autosuggestion is a self-inflicted pep-talk that focuses your mind on specific situations in the future by creating visions of success.

A practical guide in six easy steps
People (mostly men) are often scared of their emotions and try to suppress the negative ones like sadness or loneliness. Musicians on the other hand know, that there is beauty in melancholy. A sort of anchor and preparation of hard times to come. But music can serve so many more functions – helping one concentrate better, act as language or bridge back to past experiences. It is truly a useful and versatile gift.

ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a phenomena that, despite being used for relaxation daily by millions of people, has been researched very little. ASMR, could be described as a sort of mind massage that is administered through the ears. It provides a pleasant sensation of goosebumps and chills caused by stereo sounds having a binaural effect, which many find pleasing.

The sounds, which can be anything from scratching, whispering and tapping, give the effect of being three-dimensional as they move from ear to ear. Live sounds are recorded with special 3-D binaural microphones whereas the electronic sounds are produced using special software.