To those that do not know, a sound bath may… well… sound like just sitting in your bath at home listening to some tunes on your waterproof radio, but naturally, things are never as simple as they seem.
Sound baths are in fact the newest restorative things to enjoy – not in the privacy of your own home, but actually in a room full of other people! It already sounds like fun. But what actually is a sound bath. Let me enlighten you.
Also known as sound healing, this is, in fact, a meditative and restorative experience, which has been around for thousands of years, and the idea is that you immerse yourself in these healing sounds, and in doing so, you are able to clear your mind of stress and all those million thoughts running through your brain at any one time and find some much needed inner peace.
You usually sit, or lie in a group, and let the sounds wash over you, and so the premise is you are bathed in sound waves, which can have a therapeutic effect on the mind and body
HOW ARE THE SOUNDS MADE
The sounds are made via singing bowls or gongs, often both.
The singing bowls are large cylindrical shapes, made of metal, sometimes quartz. A mallet is knocked against the edges it makes a humming sound, which is calming to the brain.
The gongs are large orb instruments, and when these are struck, it makes a deep exotic sound, which reverberates through your body, using various rhythms, and highs and lows. Other sounds can be added by the person taking the class such as drums, tambourines, and rattles.
WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND SOUND BATHS
Essentially we are made up of energy and vibrations and our body operates on a frequency. When that energy and frequency get distorted or out of synch, our energy gets low, and illness strikes.
The singing and gong bowls produce such a pure sound, each one with a different frequency, which travels through our body into our bones and blood and restores the balance, and gets our energy back on track again.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
When our energy is stabilised, our whole body benefits from a better quality of sleep, reduced anxiety, and relief from pain. Depression eases and we generally feel better able to cope with day-to-day life. Brain fog somehow lifts, and the mind feels cleaner, clearer, and calmer.
Sessions can be found online and can be from as little as 5 minutes up to 20 minutes, and there are nationwide live sessions that last up to 30 minutes at a time with a qualified practitioner.
It may ‘sound’ a little bit wee, a little bit woo, but with taster sessions usually available, what have you got to lose. You’ll meet new people, and share a new experience, which may make you feel amazing. You won’t know unless you try!