Updated: May 4
Out of the five elements sound [ether] is the highest frequency. Therefore sound healing helps you to relax so you can allow your deepest healing to take place. The body wants to heal and can heal if we get out of our own way. Perhaps you might drift off to sleep during your session and that's ok.
Benefits of a sound bath:
Sound clears energy. Sound is primordial and precedes light. And sound can be used as a tool in energy medicine. When we allow ourselves to be still and listen, during for instance a sound bath you can reach deep meditative states. As the sound touches every part of your body, penetrating your skin, cells and every layer of your subtle bodies the resonance pulls everything back together. And in that way healing can occur. As you relax and your stress levels decrease your immune system can focus on repair. Multiple sessions and other opportunities for restoration will provide optimal results.
The brain is very responsive to particular sounds. Sound can balance both hemispheres of the brain. Sound affects the body through altering brain waves. Brain waves are oscillation [up 7 down or back & forth motion] that carry energy. Brain waves or these electrical pulses change with your thoughts and behaviors. The number of waves that pass a fixed point is called frequency is measured in hertz - Hz. There are 5 brain waves states that are measured in speed called hertz and are as follows:
Gamma: 31-100 Hz - are the fastest and used for activities such as problem solving, high level activities such as joy and excitement
Beta: 16-30 Hz- active brain waves that dominate the normal activities during wakefulness
Alpha: 8-15 Hz -calm, relaxed yet alert state- daydreaming; first stage of meditation
Theta: 4-7 Hz -deep meditation state/ relaxation and, REM sleep
Delta: 0.1-3 Hz- deep, dreamless sleep; suspended awareness, healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, contact with universal and divine energy
Each organ in your body resonates at a specific frequency. Similarly, the chakras, the subtle energy centers of the body help to absorb energy as well as be an interface for communicating energy to others and the environment. Each chakra attunes to a specific note as follows:
During a sound bath:
I invite you to experience the benefits of a sound bath. You can visit a local studio, practitioner or listen in the comfort of your home.
Set your intention to listen with awareness
Lay on a mat or a flat surface
Cover yourself with a blanket. The weight of the blanket helps to ground you even more.
Close your eyes (optional- place a light blindfold over your eye) and immerse yourself in the sound
Follow the sound as it travels
Notice where you feel the notes resonating within your chakras focus on your breath
If possible tune out distractions and stay with the musical notes
If you own sound healing tools, optional ways to enhance your sound bath experience are:
Hold crystals in each palm and or place crystals on your body or near your body along your chakras or in grids
Place a singing bowl preferably one that will not shatter if it falls on your abdomen
Have a practitioner hold a bowl over your body from feet to crown and back down
Place your feet in a large singing bowl
Charge your water with your singing bowl
Himalayan singing bowls are often used for sound healing and sound baths. Smaller singing bowls are generally less expensive and can be kept on a small nightstand or travel with you. Larger bowls depending on material can cost hundreds of dollars and can be placed on various parts of your body during a sound bath. However you do not need to place the bowls on your body to experience the magic.
Other soothing sound healing tools include: