A sound bath is very relaxing and nurturing experience using finely tuned ancient instruments.
These ancient instruments have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. This energy medicine can promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression, and most forms of dis-ease.
Sound is the vessel and it allows one to explore and identify what a meditative state is and how it feels. Because of this, a sound bath is not only beneficial for beginners of meditation, a seasoned meditator will find as many benefits.
Sound not only helps with inducing relaxation, but also has a way of moving through blockages in both the physical body, the subtle body, or both.
Sound baths are meant to help facilitate a shift in your brainwave state. Through frequency and entrainment with sound, it’s possible – and very easy – to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), with the majority of people able to reach theta (meditative state) and even delta (where internal healing can occur). This experience is helpful for anyone who wants to give themselves a moment of relaxation or gain the benefits from meditation, but has not yet learned how to access on their own.
With the increase of everyday stress and demands of the modern world, it is imperative that we become aware of more holistic approaches for relaxation and healing, to assist in with our everyday stresses of modern life—a sound bath can offer the perfect solution. It gives you the opportunity to go inward on your own terms.
Lindy uses Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, biosonic tuning forks, shamanic drumming, Native American flute and chanting. Participants lay on the floor in supported savasana (corpse pose) and allow the waves of sound to wash over them.
Lindy has been providing Sound Baths since her trip to India, March 2017. Along her journey through healing and using sound to bring harmony to her body and mind, it made sense to offer Sound Baths to assist those seeking alternate ways to meditate, calm, heal and connect with their true essence.
The Science behind Sound Healing
Brain waves are categorized into four groups: Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta.
Alpha waves (7 to 12 Hz) arise when the eyes are closed and the mind is in a relaxed state. In the deeper states associated with Alpha waves (5 to 7 Hertz) there is a loss of awareness of the environment as one drifts in a profound state of relaxation.
Beta waves (13-30 Hertz) reflect a state of alertness, attention, arousal and anxiety. High Beta waves cause high energy levels and even hypertension.
Theta waves (4-7 Hertz) are responsible for a state of drowsiness and dreaming. It is a twilight state which we normally only experience as we wake up or fall asleep.
Delta waves (0-4Hertz) are related to the deepest, most relaxed state of sleep.
How do brain waves fit in with singing bowls?
Alfred Tomatis, a French surgeon, did experiments on the relation between the ear, the brain and the nervous system. He discovered that sound actually charges the brain. The little known reason for this is that the first function of the ear is to make sure the cortex receives sufficient neural energy through the “charging” effect of sounds.
This is often overlooked because doctors are misguided by the generally accepted idea attributing a primarily auditory function to the ear. Actually, hearing is a secondary function. It is a well-known fact in zoology that the auditory apparatus acts as a charging or energizing dynamo. It furnishes current to feed the brain.
Tomatis goes even further and explains that the chain of small bones in the ear does not simply carry sound from the outer to the inner ear. This sequence of bones has the function of putting the entire cranium into resonance. Sound picked up by the eardrum circulates by means of this chain of small bones throughout the cranium which as a result is made to vibrate. The sound is distributed and regulated by a constant pressure in the labyrinth.
The listening function does not only affect the ear, it mobilizes the entire nervous system. This activation of neurons regulates muscle tensions and the position of the body. Tomatis explains that higher frequency sounds generally resonate in the brain and affect cognitive functions, such as thinking, spatial perception, and memory. Middle frequency sounds tend to stimulate the heart, lungs, and the emotions. Lower sounds affect physical movement.
This explains the link between the sounds of the singing bowls and the effects they produce.
Brain waves are rhythmic changes in electrical energy, receding and swelling again and again like waves of the ocean. The sounds of the singing bowls are likewise rhythmic, and it is easy to hear waves of low, medium and high frequency in each bowl. Sound waves that correspond to the four kinds of brain waves can be heard when playing a bowl.
Singing bowls seem to have a well balanced amount of each of the four kinds of waves; listening to the bowls is like listening to brain waves. Knowing that sound has such a profound effect on the brain, the bones of the skull, and the entire nervous system, it is no wonder that singing bowls can have such a profound effect on people. It explains why participants in a session are so relaxed and happy afterwards, and how the sounds work to create positive changes on physical and psychological levels.
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Author: Lindy Romez – Original Article