What Is Sound Healing?
In short, it’s a practice that uses vibrations from instruments such as gongs, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, chimes and tuning forks in order to relax your mind and body. Some proponents also believe it can relieve anxiety and insomnia. Sound healers say that it works by lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and reducing respiratory rates. There are many of studies on the benefits of music and meditation on wellbeing.
Research Trusted Source™ has found that meditation offers a number of health benefits, including:
- Stress reduction
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Improved memory
- Reduced blood pressure
- Pain reduction
- Lower cholesterol
- Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
Why is it so trendy right now? Like a lot of other wellness practices (mindfulness meditation, crystals, etc.), sound healing is having a major moment right now, but it’s actually been used by cultures like the Aboriginal peoples in Australia and Tibetan monks for centuries.
What does it feel like? Simply put, someone can expect to feel very calm after a session, with a profound sense of wellbeing – issues which may have appeared dramatic or urgent no longer carry as much weight as before.
Professionals will use sound to elevate healing massage sessions. Once muscle tissue relaxes and the fascia gets into a semi liquid state, some professionals will place heated Tibetan singing bowls on the body. The vibration from these bowls helps the fascia to maintain that state for longer.
Look for massages that include vibration sound healing, hot stones, cupping and aromatherapy sea salt exfoliation. Sessions are typically 75 minutes and the healing effect causes a feeling of relaxation and contentment, or as many clients say, “bliss”.
Article written by By Elizabeth Ernst, Certified Massage Therapist