WHAT IS A SOUND BATH?
A sound bath is like a concert with gongs and crystal singing bowls. I work with gongs tuned to the orbital properties of the planets, sun, moon, and other celestial bodies so the energy of the cosmos are brought into the experience. Generally participants lay in savasana and just receive the sounds. The resonance of the instruments is strong and it’s not just an auditory experience – it’s also like receiving a sound massage. Most people experience deep states of relaxation and altered states of consciousness….some people fall asleep. You can also treat the sound bath as a meditation and focus your mind on the sounds. When doing this the experience can greatly expand consciousness, increase mental focus and awareness, and give you all the benefits of meditation. Generally people leave sound baths feeling relaxed, balanced, and re-tuned (and sometimes ready for a nap!)
WHAT KIND OF SOUNDS DO YOU CREATE, WHAT INSTRUMENTS DO YOU USE AND WHAT ARE THE HEALING ASPECTS OF THE SOUND, IF ANY?
In sound baths I use primarily gongs and crystal bowls. In private sessions I use my voice, tuning forks, gongs, bowls, drums, rattles, and other sound instruments. I work with many types of sound as they all bring a different flavor to the session and can offer a different healing experience. Sound has been used for healing, increasing awareness, altering states of consciousness and more since the dawn of the human race. Chanting, singing, drumming are all important parts of indigenous cultures. There are many ways in which sound can create healing and a lot of research is being conducted now as interest in sound healing grows. One way sound can help create deep states of relaxation is through altering our brainwave states. When our brainwave state moves from the normal waking state (Beta) down to Alpha (conscious relaxed state), Theta (dreamlike state), and sometimes even delta (deep sleep) we experience a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, our bodies relax, our breath deepens, and we move into a receptive state where deep healing can occur.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Sound has profound affects on our nervous system – helping to turn on our parasympathetic nervous system which is our relaxation response. Many of us spend too much time with an active sympathetic nervous system, which is our fight or flight response….when we can active our parasympathetic nervous system we give our bodies a chance to relax and heal. Through all of the various tones of the gongs and bowls the body is offered an opportunity to resonate with a healing frequency as opposed to entraining with a harmful one. You are in essence giving your body, mind, and energy an opportunity to shift to a higher frequency and let go of lower vibrational thoughts, emotions, and other issues.
Source – OneDownDog