Sound Bath 101
Posted on September 11th, 2018
Sound baths are becoming increasingly buzzy in the wellness world. If you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about then here’s a quick Sound Bath 101.
What is a sound bath?
Sound baths didn’t pop up overnight. FYI it’s an ancient healing practice that originated in Tibet over 2000 years ago. The transcendental sounds are created via a range of Tibetan singing bowls and other instruments. Each bowl emits a different frequency that encourages the body to relax into a meditative state.
What to expect in a sound bath:
Unlike your self-care Sunday bubble bath, sound baths involve no tubs or even water. Instead, your body is immersed in sound waves and usually take place in a room with other people. You can sit or lie down and I recommend bringing eyeshades, a yoga mat, some water and a blanket. The space might provide these things but you’ll be prepared if they don’t. It is also a good idea to wear loose and comfy clothing. Take the experience to the next level by bringing some dreamy essential oils. According to an article in the Washington Post, it is advised to stay hydrated. Apparently, as sound waves carry on water, the frequencies can have a more powerful effect the more hydrated you are.
The specialist will likely welcome you into the space. They will then proceed to play the bowls, gradually increasing the volume. Unlike standard meditation which can be tedious, a wave of calmness effortlessly takes over your body. In a sound bath you can also move if you feel the need to do so.
You might feel unexpected emotions:
Some tones might conjure vivid images. I didn’t, however, expect to feel negative emotions. A particular frequency invoked the sadness of losing Louie (my dog we just put down) and my deceased grandpa. I remained very calm, however, and within moments the negative thoughts passed. If you go in with an open mind and without expectations, it can be surprising what happens.
Benefits include feeling relaxed (even days post-sound bath), decreased depression and anxiety, reduced blood pressure, better quality sleep, and an overall better mood. I don’t remember the last time I felt as zen as I did the days following the sound bath. I definitely recommend giving it a shot, especially since we live in SUCH a stressful time.
Have you tried a sound bath? What was your experience?