The effect that the sound of Himalayan singing bowls have in the body is something that has to be experienced to be understood. Sound travels better in water, and we mostly made of water so you feel the waves go deep within your body and your brain. It’s extremely pleasant and immidately induces a state of relaxation.
WHAT IS SOUND THERAPY?
Sound Therapy is a practice that uses the sound and its vibration to treat the body. The sound produced by the Himalayan singing bowls is complex and incredibly pleasant. It makes the patient into a state of deep relaxation that enables the body to restore and heal itself.
The practice or mindfulness or meditation deactivates the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for our survival fight it flight instincts) and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for rest and digestion, but it takes time to train the mind to not hold on to thoughts. Sound therapy induces that state without you having to train or make an effort. The wound waves synchronise with your brain waves.
This alternative therapy is mainly based on two principles:
- ENTRAINMENT: Physics teach us that waves that oscillate near each other eventually coordinate and sync to each other. This is what the sound waves do to the brain. The noise at 450hrzt syncs with the brain waves. Reduces the brain waves to a lower frequency that deactivates the parasympathetic system. That’s how the state of meditation is induces. An aware resting state where no thoughts are present, only sound, without you putting any effort. You just need to relax and be receptive.
- HOMEASTASIS: When a bone breaks im half doctors first align both pieces and then put a cast on to make sure it stays put. They do not heal your broken ar, Your body heals. They just provide the circumstances for that to happen. That’s how meditation switches off the energy from the brain so that it goes to the rest of the body to perform its usual maintenance duties.
The monkey mind needs constantly something to fidget with. In this case we give it the sound. When the mind is calm the body is at rest.
On a mental level Singing Bowls produce really unique sounds with the tone and the frequency, makes the brain sink into a deep state of consciousness.
At 7-8 (Hertz) cycles per second, musical tones cause our deeper intelligence, creativity, and self-healing mechanisms of the body to become activated.
This is supposed to happen naturally in sleep but unfortunately this is difficult to obtain nowadays. We live in a world that’s constantly bombarding the senses and exciting the mind. We simply don’t get enough good quality, restorative rest.
Rest is the key. When the mind is busy, stressed, even in our sleep, the breath automatically becomes shallow. Less enough oxygen gets to the cells, and our natural healing becomes more difficult. Mediation is more restful that sleep.
On a physical level sound is a non invasive tool to penetrate inside the tissues and massage the muscles, nerves etc. from inside. The sound of the bowls is indeed very pleasant but it’s the vibration that matters in this occasion. It’s penetrates deep, helping to release tension and to ease pain.
On an energetic level, the chakras along the body vibrate at different frequencies. When sound is matched to the optimal vibration of a chakra, it balances it . Our energetic body responds to match this vibration either slowing down an overactive chakra or accelerating a slow one. It match the vibration of the bowl and you can feel it happening.
HISTORY OF TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS
The sound of the bowls is revered by Tibetans as sacred, and it’s believed to have healing properties.
According to Tibetan tradition, the existence and use of these bowls has been around for almost 2600 years. This would put the singing bowls right around the time of the living Buddha, suggesting that maybe he had something to do with the practice. But while Buddhism in general uses these bowls, it’s Tibetan Buddhism that made it popular.
It’s said the tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D. So while it’s not an exclusive tradition to Tibet, it certainly is one of their primary religious artifacts and one of their greatest
A group session is what we call a sound bath, which is a guided meditation playing singing bowls. Sound Therapists play different techniques in a specific sequence to relax the body and the mind but also to bring awareness to your body and your problem areas. I these sessions it’s likely that the therapist mixes sound with other meditation techniques.
Individual therapy sessions last about 90min and are fully customized to the student. There will be a small briefing about how sound works as a therapy, then chakra readings will be performed followed by a discussion between therapist and patient before the actual treatment. The chakra readings can bring up things that are quite personal so this is only done in one to one and they are strictly confidential.
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