In recent years the importance of holistic health has become a popular topic of conversation and through greater acceptance of alternative treatments a number of ancient and traditional methods of healing have been revived. One such ancient practice is sound bath healing which has become a sought after service amongst those with issues such as stress and a lack of focus.
But what is it?
For those that aren’t aware, sound bath healing doesn’t actually have anything to do with water or bathtubs! It is a form of meditation done under the supervision of certified and therapy professionals. With sound bath therapy, you are ‘bathed’ and immersed into sounds, connecting with you and relaxing your body and mind.
What are the ‘sounds’?
A common misconception about sound bath therapy is that it is assumed you will be listening to music. Music is formed with musical instruments and rhythms by musicians. Whereas audio for sound bath therapy is created by an experienced Sound Healing Therapist that will use various, unusual tools to build the sounds.
- Shruti box
- Himalayan and Crystal singing bowls
Where can you find it?
You can check into your nearest yoga and meditation studios. As sound therapy is a form of meditation, any therapy place may have them, however they are more common with holistic and alternative health practitioners.
The known benefits:
As sound bath healing has grown in popularity a number of studies have looked into the benefits and have found that they can include:
- Considerable decrease in stress
- Helps improve depressive conditions
- Increase in focus and attention span
- More emotional stability
- Strengthening the immune system
How does it work?
By now we're sure you want to know the procedure of sound bath healing, and so this is what happens usually:
- You are invited into a dimly lit room
- You will find here some mats, sleeping masks and pillows
- You will be asked to lie down and unwind
- Then a professional will guide you with intentional breathing
- The sound starts to play
- Slowly your thoughts will drown into the sound, and you will submerge into relaxation
- After the session is over you would be asked to do a little stretch to relax your body, too.