Sound is proven to have enormous healing effects on the mind and body.
A sound bath experience is when we immerse into high vibrational sounds created by various instruments including sacred gongs, bowls, drums, chimes, and tuning forks.
These sounds and vibrations induce a deep meditative and relaxed state, and encourage healing at mental, emotional, and physical levels.
It’s when you can access your subconscious mind, experience mind-blowing insights, and literally re-programme patterns that no longer serve you.
This is because during the brainwave state is altered from normal waking state (beta) to relaxed state (alpha), dreamlike state (theta), and a restorative state (delta).
As you relax breathing becomes deeper, and the heart rate and blood pressure lower. It is in this state that deep healing can occur.
Improved mental health
Sound baths can help treat mental health conditions like anxiety and depression and decrease tension, boost mood, and enhance calmness.
A 2016 study with 62 adults showed anxiety, tension, and negative thoughts all decreased significantly after a meditation session with a sound bath.
And this 2018 study of 60 participants found heart rate and other vitals that indicate anxiety improved in those who listened to Tibetan singing bowl music. These are powerful wellbeing benefits!
Reduction in physical pain
The participants in the 2016 study were also asked if they were in pain and tended to rank the pain higher before a sound bath.
Similarly, this 2020 research, saw physical symptoms such as blood pressure and heart rate improve. It also showed physical symptoms such as blood pressure and heart rate saw improvement. The review concluded, however, that more research is needed to definitively say sound bath has these effects on most people.
And there is plenty of anecdotal suggestions with people saying sound baths help them make their muscles feel looser, the ability to sleep better, and being more in tune with the body.
It’s a great way to get in touch with your mind and your body, and staying in tune with your inner self is always a good thing.
Do remember a sound bath shouldn’t be considered a replacement for any medical treatments! Instead, it’s better to use it as a complementary or supplementary treatment.
Did you know sound therapy dates back over 40,000 years? Tibetans used singing bowls for meditation purposes, Australian aboriginal tribes played the didgeridoo to heal the sick, and the ancient Greeks treated digestion and mental health with lyres and flutes!