The benefits of taking a sound bath

Have you heard of sound bathing yet? Immersing yourself, not in water, but musical vibrations produced by instruments such as gongs, chimes, singing bowls, or drums is fast becoming a popular form of therapy. People have listened to music as a relaxation method for a long time, and, indeed, sound bathing has probably been around since humankind began. However, despite going out of fashion for a while, it’s caught people’s attention again and is recognized as a valuable way to calm the mind.

Sessions typically involve groups of people who make themselves comfortable on bright cushions and rugs, maybe wrapping themselves in blankets, as they enjoy sound frequencies emanating from crystal bowls, or another type of instrument which a practitioner diligently plays. Sometimes, many gongs, bowls, drums and chimes are used. At others, people are invited to sit between two gongs that emit different frequencies, which can be experienced physically as vibrations move through the body. Individual healing sessions may also be available.

Gongs may be tuned to the same frequencies as the cosmos, with individual instruments in-sync with the frequency of the sun or moon. Helpful side effects include relaxation, a peaceful mind-set, and a meditative sense of calm. While listening, people can let go of stress, perhaps releasing negativity, or simply enjoying bathing in sound waves without thinking. Not having their minds constantly ticking over can provide a sense of relief and help reset their mental state. Sometimes, people focus on the sounds mindfully, which helps them stop  mind-chatter from streaming. In this way, sound bathing becomes a different way to meditate, which is more immersive than listening to music played through headphones or via speakers. You physically feel the vibrations transmitted and become part of the experience.

Certified Sound Healer, Diane Mandle, reports, “During our waking state, the normal frequency of our brain waves is that of Beta. Sound tools entrain the brain to move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies. These are the frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind and intuition. Modern medicine can now measure and thus confirm the practice of sound as a means to promote healing. Thus, sound is a type of energy medicine that creates the sacred space in which people can heal from stress disorders, pain, depression, the emotional roller coaster and more.”

The instruments used, are often those that can be struck with a beater, and are said to ‘sing.’ They are ancient instruments, the type you might imagine wise healers of the past using in caves and group gatherings, and no doubt, they did. Somewhere through time their use became less mainstream. But, their re-emergence offers people the chance to benefit from the valuable properties produced by sound bathing once again.

References: http://www.sound-gong-bath.co.uk/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/fashion/sound-baths-move-from-metaphysical-to-mainstream.html?ref=topics&_r=0
http://sound-bath.com/about-sound-baths/
http://www.soundenergyhealing.com/pages/aboutSoundEnergy.html

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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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