Halo Heart Yoga and Sound

About Sound Bathing

What is Sound Bathing and What to Expect

Sound bathing is the technique of playing a variety of instruments, such as singing bowls (Tibetan and crystal), gongs, chimes, various styles of drums, rattles and crystal triangles to create waves of sound that wash over the body and mind. The creation of these sounds produce tones, frequencies, and vibrations that can either help to relax the nervous system or to stimulate it, depending on the person's needs. With that being said, don't expect to hear a melody that you hear at an orchestra, but rather tones that can range from feeling soothing or make you feel uneasy. How the energy or vibration of the sound is experienced in the body may be indicative of it flowing through or being blocked within the body. Lastly, know that each sound bath is a unique experience which brings a variety of experiences as you float in and out of different states of mindfulness and as the body responds to the various sounds of the instruments. It is encouraged to pay attention to any visions your have during a sound bath because as they say in the sound industry, "Visions are how your soul speaks to the mind."

sound bath with Tibetan bowl

History and Science of Sound Healing

From time immemorial sound has been used by sages, priest, prietesses, healers, rishis,and medicine men and women from all over the world for holistic healing, for meditation and for a deeper connect with the spiritual realm. Ancient civilizations, and even today, recognize sound as that which created the universe. Psalms 33:9 captures this, "For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm." Sound has been used in rituals, ceremonies, rites of passage, meditations, celebrations and healing philosophies as far back as the dawn of man.

Everything is made up of energy, vibration and frequency producing an endless universal sea of sound. Some of the sounds are audible, others are not. Whether or not we can hear or feel sound waves doesn't matter because they produce a cause and effect, not only on us humans but in everything around us. Soundwaves are continous and ubiquitous. The sound vibrations of sound healing instruments permeate deep into the tissue. This helps to improve blood circulation, metabolism, regulates muscle tension and deeply stimulates the nerves system and muscles tissue. Also, the regeneration and repair mechanisms in the body are stimulated. Sound healing is both activating and relaxing, thus refreshing for the mind and body. Sound vibrations have an oscillating effect on the cells; alternating compression and relaxation of cell, sort of a form of massage at a cellular level.

sound bath with triangle

What to Bring to a Sound Bath

sound bath with wave drum


sound bath with chime


Reference:Sound Healing Academy

Photos by:Matthew Phillippi Photography