No water required: Sound baths, singing bowls, and sound energy healing

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A sound bath sounds deliciously relaxing and you don’t even really have to ‘achieve’ anything. If you haven’t heard about a sound bath before, we’ll look at what it is, how they are created and how they relax and heal us.

No water required

The most important thing that you need to know is that when you do ‘take’ a sound bath, the only thing you have ‘to do’ is to hear and feel the music. Immerse yourself into the experience. It’s more than hearing, it’s listening with your whole beingness. Allow the sound to move through you and around you. Listening can bring you into a meditative state.

What is a sound bath?

It’s really quite simple, a sound bath is a variety of tones that are played live or recorded and intended usually towards relaxation and healing. They can be generated with a variety of instruments but are more commonly created using singing bowls, bells and tuning forks. They can be considered a form of meditation.

When they are intended to generate relaxing and healing tones, sound meditations are known to help with insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, and even depression. But it is not just sound baths that are known to produce therapeutic effects, other forms of music and sound equally possess healing effects. Music or more specifically the frequencies of sound have the capacity to heal and soothe.

We design musical instruments to manipulate the sound waves they produce. Even when we use our voice, we can control the sound through our tone. The vibrations that emanate from singing bowls are sound waves that vibrate and travel through matter.

What’s important here is not merely do we hear frequencies we feel them.

Benefits of a sound bath

When we are relaxed we breath more slowly and deeply. This relaxed state of beingness allows us to come into a synergistic state between our heart and brain – when they are harmonized our nervous systems can listen to our bodies internal cues and work towards restoration. In addition, the vibrations of a tuning fork or singing bowl can restore balance to distinct parts of your body.

Studies show that sounds physically enter our bodies before being processed by the brain, unlike vision which must be filtered through the centers of the brain first before we react to it physically.

Listen to this sound bath

Sound baths reduce stress and relax the body

Below you’ll find a 10-minute sound bath. This piece primarily uses crystal singing bowls to produce tones to relax and soothe the mind-body. You don’t need to know ‘how to meditate’ to experience the benefits of a sound bath meditation. You can bathe your home in this sound bath or yourself or fall asleep to it. This piece will place you in a relaxed meditative state.

Completely relax into the sound and allow it to wash over you.

Healing Meditation Music 10 Minute Sound Bath

This 10-minute healing meditation music will reduce stress as it relaxes your mind and body. Using crystal bowls and other instruments, this healing bowl meditation will reset and restore your body. This piece primarily uses crystal singing bowls to produce tones to relax and soothe the mind-body.

This musical composition was created exclusively for
Conscious Life Space by Dmitry Zhbanov

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Crystal bowls are made from quartz crystal and crystal has a variety of physical properties. It can amplify, focus, store and transform energy. Sounds emanating from them have the ability to positively shift one’s consciousness and release stagnant energy. When played together the effects are magnified. Many crystal singing bowls, the instruments themselves, are tuned to the chakras. Each chakra has a corresponding frequency.

What are sound bowls or singing bowls?

Singing bowls are essentially inverted bells without a clapper attached to its interior. They are designed to sit as and look like a bowl. They are large bowls that generate sonic waves of sound that vibrate and travel through any and all substances including your body.

Typically a clapper strikes the bell from within itself. In the case of singing bowls or standing bells, the bowl is struck from the exterior with a baton like instrument which essentially acts as a clapper and it is detached from the instrument.

The baton like piece is sometimes referred to as a mallet and can be made from a variety of materials (usually wood for metal) and it is sometimes called a wand. From my early experience with them, the mallets for the crystal bowls had suede or felt-like material on them and were more like a bass drum mallet unlike the wooden mallets used with the metal bowls where the wood was smooth and was shaped somewhat differently.

Sometimes the bowls are simply used to create an initial tone and simply vibrate sending waves of sound rippling throught the air. Other times when struck a tone is set into motion and the sound “pulled” around the bowl and amplified by manipulating the mallet. The sound vibrating and becoming more sonorous and more soothing.

Water can be placed in them, and their vibrations will produce patterns – sound vibrations transform water, sand, other matter to produce geometric patterns and shapes. (coming soon an in-depth article on cymatics)

Sound and vibration

We often hear about various universal laws and the laws of nature. One such universal law is the law of vibration which simply means everything is in motion – everything is energy. Everything you see around you is vibrating at one frequency or another including you.

Good Vibes gif by Njorg
credit: Njorg

Sound waves are generated by a sound source or object, such as your throat (speaker, string on an instrument, etc.) to create a vibration. This vibration of particles continues to increase creating sound energy that travels in the form of a sound wave. A sound wave consists of particles that move away from the source of the sound – sound waves travel.

All the particles in the universe have the properties of waves, including all the particles that we ourselves are made from. Waves transmit energy and can encode information.

Vibration and our bodies

Since water is an excellent carrier of sound (vibration) and because our bodies are in total 60-70% water – sound is able to travel through our physical bodies. We can feel vibrations.

The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are at 31%.

H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158

Healthy bodies are said to resonate in a particular range of frequencies. When we are in a state of imbalance or disease, our frequencies are misaligned. This is at the heart of why sound healing can work to bring the body back into alignment and be used as a healing modality.

If you want to learn more about resonance, vibration, and some sound science basics or you don’t remember this info from physics in high school, I’ve written a separate and more in-depth piece to help us understand how sound works.

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Read all articles in the sound series:

Sound Baths, Singing Bowls and Sound Energy Healing – you are here 🙂

Sound Energy Healing and Sound Basics

Solfeggio Scale and Frequencies

Trying to make sense of how sound energy heals and some obstacles to our understanding

Bringing sound into the body: Many methods of Sound Energy Healing (coming soon)

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