The Power of Sound Baths

How do you experience the healing qualities of sound?

Regardless of your lifestyle, chances are you could benefit from a bit of self-care and stress relief. And if you’re one of those who likes to kick back and listen to music after a long, hard day, a sound bath may be the missing ingredient you didn’t know you needed in your wellness routine. 

The practice of healing bodies through sound is thousands of years old and presents differently from chanting an om following your yoga session or an hour-long practice with a sound practitioner. In this article, we will discuss what sound baths are, the benefits sound baths provide, and if you should experience one yourself.

WHAT IS A SOUND BATH?

Typically, a sound bath involves lying in a reclining position after participating in yoga or meditation exercises. Next, a provider trained in sound bath musical techniques will use one or several instruments to create soothing, overlapping vibrations. These vibrations theoretically lead you deeper into contemplation or relaxation, shutting off your body’s fight-or-flight reflex. At the end of a session, your provider will guide you back to a feeling of awareness before concluding the sound bath and wishing you well on your journey.

BENEFITS OF A SOUND BATH?

Some studies have found that they can positively affect mental health and physical pain. The overall intention of the sound bath is to foster a state of harmony in the listener by using sound to clear negative feelings from their energy fields. Among the benefits are relaxation, an increased sense of well-being, expanded awareness, and access to an inner visionary experience.

In addition to helping the body relax, some healing sound practitioners claim that sound baths can foster physical healing, much like acupuncture.

ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A SOUND BATH?

Sound baths are great for any person who’s interested in experiencing one. It can be easier than other meditative practices because it doesn’t require a lot of discipline or patience to learn how to do it — all you have to do is listen. Sound baths are a great option if you have difficulty connecting with traditional meditation or yoga but still yearn to experience similar benefits. This is especially true if you overthink or have excessive thoughts that make it challenging to meditate more traditionally.

RESOURCES + TOOLS

  • Sound baths exist in brick-and-mortar locations across the country: yoga and meditation studios often host these events regularly and are a great place to start your search!
  • Follow @soundbathworld on Instagram
  • You can create a sound bath at home. HERE’s is how!
  • Watch (and listen) to this Purity Sound Bath.

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