My name is Myrrh and I’m a naturopathic healer in San Antonio,TX. In my practice I utilize yoga, herbs and many other healing modalities yet I had never been to a soundbath until recently.
Ever since I attended my first soundbath a couple of weeks ago, I’m totally obsessed. I’m also finding myself quite intrigued by the beautiful bowls and how they work, sound therapy and even sound in general. Utilizing sound to help us heal is very exciting and interesting. But how does it work?
Sound is defined as vibrations traveling through the air or another medium, which we perceive through our sense of hearing. Sound pressure varies quickly along with the atmosphere it moves through. Frequency is the number of pressure variations per second, measured in Hertz. The higher the frequency, the higher the pitch.
Everything in the universe has a vibration and frequency, even the human body. Vibrations streaming throughout our world can affect the vibrations of our body negatively, throwing us out of our natural rhythms and causing illness. This is where Sound Therapy comes in, for the purpose of creating a therapeutic atmosphere in which the body can better heal itself. Shamans have used sound therapy since the beginning of time to access other states of consciousness and to help others.
Sound therapy allows your brain to easily access the meditative state of theta brainwaves, triggering strong feelings of clarity and calm. Having a strong repetitive soundwave causes our brainwaves to synchronize with its vibration, and shift into altered states of consciousness. This can help the mind develop a resource state of peacefulness, from which you can cope with stressors much more easily. By repeatedly accessing a meditative state, we can rewire brainwave patterns, helping us to stop negative thought patterns, and allowing us to create and reinforce new patterns.
Sympathetic resonance tells us that when we are in close proximity to a sound, our body and mind take on the property of that sound. Which brings us to learn that sound can redress all imbalances of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of medical disorders.
The potential for sound to influence solid matter is the basis for sound healing treatments. Powerful sound wave vibrations can break up rigid matter, allowing energy to flow freely throughout the body.
The use of Himilayan or Tibetan singing bowls dates back at least 6,000years. Back then, singing bowls were made of alloy metals and were played in temples for meditation and regeneration. Following the Chinese invasion of Tibet, this practice was then introduced to Europe and America.
Quartz crystal singing bowls are much newer but just as valuable to sound healing. Quartz is often described as the ‘master healer’ of crystals. It take Quartz crystal singing bowls are much newer but just as valuable to sound healing. Quartz is often described as the ‘master healer’ of crystals. It takes your intention and infuses it with the high vibrations emanating from the crystal, sending it directly where it’s meant to go to complete the desired function.
Singing bowls send out vibrations when rung or played by striking the bowl or dragging the striker along the mouth. The pure, high frequency sounds resonate with our physical, emotional and energetic bodies. These vibrations penetrate our bodies resulting in clearing, cleansing and balancing at the cellular level. In a sound bath you are literally being ‘bathed’ in crystalline harmonics.These two very different style bowls are actually the perfect match as the Tibetan bowl sends out a harmony of frequencies that wash over you while the high vibrations of the quartz penetrate and do work on specific parts of your being(physical and astral).
Sound is an ancient form of healing that brings us back to nature. Attending a soundbath can reduce stress and pain, bring deep relaxation, eliminate toxins, develop self awareness, promote creativity, improve learning and clarify personal values and balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Meditation and sound therapy work as a tranquil and potent force to restore your body’s natural flow of energy, allowing you to breathe deeply and think more clearly, reducing stress and giving you a positive outlook on life.
Here at Transcend, we offer weekly soundbaths. To reserve your spot at the next soundbath, check out our website or book through the mind body app.