Tibetan Sound Healing
''Sound carries your thoughts and prayers to the Divine" - Suren Shrestha
Everything begins with sound and vibration
Everyone has a vibration that is a signature of their health and well be-ing. This is a natural result of the processes that run our physical, mental, emotional and subtle bodies. Very similar to musical instruments, our bodies can fall out of vibrational harmony. When we are out of tune, we are very susceptible to any potential illness. Stress and negativity create blockages in our chakras and interrupt the healthy flow of energy.
Sound and vibration can bring harmony back to the body and spirit. Dating back thousands of years, sound therapy is the use of both sound and vibrations at varying frequencies to achieve a soothing effect on the mind, body and spirit.
Sound healing is one of the most easily accessible and inexpensive forms of therapy and healing, and that its benefits can include improved sleep, elimination of toxins, stimulated circulation, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and improved recovery from trauma or illness.
While everything from recorded music and traditional instruments to gongs and tuning forks are used in these types of treatments, Tibetan Singing Bowls (also called Himalayan Singing Bowls) have become among the most popular.
Singing Bowl History
Related to the bell, singing bowls originated thousands of years ago in the Himalayas and were mostly used in monasteries and temples for spiritual ceremonies, meditation and sound healing therapy. Today, they are still primarily made in India and Nepal, and are available as both pure singing bowls or hand-hammered versions made from an alloy of seven metals, symbolizing the seven planets, days of the week, primary colors and musical notes.
How do Singing Bowls Work
Singing bowls resonate with a pure, healing sound, while hammered bowls create a special vibration when struck or strummed. The vibrations are similar to those of the brain’s alpha waves, and they oscillate with an energetically high frequency, like that of the “Om” mantra.
The sound of the singing and hammered bowls has an effect on brain-wave frequencies and can help bring the brain into a Theta state within minutes. (Theta waves occur during REM sleep, hypnosis and deep meditation.) At the same time, the vibrations that emit from the bowls provide a cellular massage.
Healing Benefits of Sound Therapy
Sound therapy can affect blood pressure, heart rate, thought patterns, and state of mind.
Gently massages and harmonizes each one of your cells
Removes blockages and encourages free flow
Promotes homeostasis and enhances the body’s own self-healing response
Activates self-healing mechanisms within the body
Relief from pain, headache, fatigue, insomnia, digestive disorders, menstrual disorders, emotional imbalances
Stress Reduction through deep relaxation and endorphin release
Meditative, purifying, rebalancing, and rejuvenating
Liberates emotional traumas locked within the subconscious mind and physical body
Promotes deeper sleep
Promotes positivity, helps depression
Harmonizes the energy field
Relax your mind to soothing sounds specially chosen to engage the parasympathetic nervous system by allowing the mind to let go of stress and unnecessary chatter.
This activates the healing responses of the central nervous system and balances communications, including neurotransmitters and hormones to enhance homeostasis.
Rejuvenate the body with soothing vibrations that massage each cell individually. Organized vibratory patterns send rippling movements that relieve pain, inflammation, trauma, fatigue, stagnancy, oxidative stress, cell deformation, and restoring lost vitality.
Resonate to the sound of your soul. Just as musicians and conductors work in harmony to orchestrate beautiful music, the rhythmic processes of the brain, body, and mind synchronize to into a symphony of multidimensional health. Well-being on the subtlest level.
How to Use Your Singing Bowl
Simply strike or strum the bowl clockwise, using a mallet; in order to get the full benefit, aim to be totally present and have positive intention. The sound itself helps to center the mind, as all attention becomes focused on the bowl. In spa treatments, bowls are placed on and around the body (typically on the main chakras) and gently struck to bring on the sound and vibrations.
Use Everyday in Your Home and Practice
Try it for at least an hour before going to bed: Practice chanting, singing and vocal toning while being aware of the vibrations in the body, which can have a healing effect. For a deep sleep, place a bowl on your solar plexus or heart chakra and strike for about 10 minutes.
What Kind of Bowl Should I Buy?
It depends on what the bowls will be used for. There are concert-grade bowls for group sound sessions (these are usually heavy and have a thick rim), while spas tend to use therapeutic grade bowls, which are slightly thinner and more refined, and emit a longer vibration than the concert grade.
We recommend bowls made of seven metals (instead of three) and hand-hammered ones over those made from a mold or cast, as the hand-hammered ones emit stronger therapeutic vibrations.