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  • Writer's pictureSara

Soothing Anxiety with Sound Bath

As some of you know, I have recently started offering sound healing baths in my studio. I am still exploring the many benefits this fast-growing practice has on human mind and overall wellbeing, but it is safe to say that so far, the feedback has been splendid!

Now... for those of you may be asking - what is sound healing? - let me explain!

Sound healing is a holistic therapeutic practice that utilises the vibrations and frequencies of sound to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This approach is based on the belief that certain sounds and frequencies can positively influence the body and mind, restoring balance and harmony. There are various methods and tools employed in sound healing, and one common instrument is the singing bowl (Tibetan or crystal). Other instruments can also include gongs, tuning forks, drums, hand pans and even the human voice!

The practice often involves creating and experiencing sound in a deliberate and mindful way, either through listening to specific tones, rhythms, or melodies, or by actively producing sound through instruments or vocalisations.

Sound healing sessions, also known as sound baths, may take place in group settings or individual sessions. In my studio, this is always in the form of one on one session, but I am looking into potential group sessions in summer 2024!

Fans of sound healing propose several potential benefits - including stress reduction, relaxation, improved sleep, enhanced mood, and a sense of overall well-being. While there is currently limited scientific research on the efficacy the sound baths have on human psyche, the research that has so far been conducted, combined with wonderful feedback from people all around the world, speaks for itself! Many people report their anxiety improving and their stress levels going down after attending sound baths.

It is important to note, however, that sound healing is often used as a complementary practice and is not a substitute for conventional medical treatments when needed.

Here are some potential mechanisms and findings related to sound and mental health:

Stress Reduction and Relaxation:

Research suggests that exposure to certain types of sounds, including soothing and harmonic sounds, can lead to relaxation responses in the body. This may involve a reduction in stress hormones like cortisol and an activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting a state of calm.

(a GIF of a sound healing practitioner playing their crystal healing bowl. source: Viceland)

Brainwave Entrainment:

Some studies propose that exposure to specific frequencies of sound may influence brainwave patterns. For example, entrainment is the synchronisation of neural oscillations with an external rhythmic stimulus, such as sound. Different brainwave frequencies are associated with various states of consciousness, and sound baths are theorised to potentially influence these frequencies.

Mindfulness and Meditation:

Sound baths often involve elements of mindfulness and meditation, which have been studied extensively for their positive effects on mental health. These practices can contribute to stress reduction, improved mood, and increased overall well-being. Yay!

Get in touch if you want to get to know my Tibetan bowls and gongs and we can discuss further!



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