Sound therapy has many benefits. Our culture has become more aware and accepting of holistic approaches for relaxation and healing, as a way to reduce the everyday stresses of modern life. Sound therapy can offer the perfect solution. It gives you the opportunity to go inward on your own terms.
Through frequency, entrainment and vibration, Sound therapy is used to facilitate a shift in your brainwave state. Sound can help down-shift our normal beta state or normal waking consciousness a more relaxed consciousness or alpha state. Most people are able to reach theta (meditative state) and even delta (where internal healing can occur). This experience is helpful for anyone who wants to give themselves a moment of relaxation or gain the benefits from meditation, but has not yet learned how to access it on their own.
For beginners, meditation requires a verbally guided experience, i.e- go to a quiet place and find a stream or repeat a mantra... The sound bath experience is about letting the sound take you to a deeper place making it easier to arrive in a relaxed state without complicating how to get there. Sound is the vessel and it allows you to explore and identify what a meditative state is and how it feels. Because of this, a sound bath is not only beneficial for beginners of meditation, a seasoned meditator will find as many benefits.
The sounds are created by a wide range of instruments with different frequencies which can include pulse drumming, tuning forks, gongs, shruti box, Himalayan singing bowl, various percussion, chimes, and overtone singing.
Sound treatments are private sessions and may be combined with massage or bodywork for the ultimate experience. The treatment is done with the client fully clothed or with proper covering if combined with massage. Himalayan singing bowls designed specifically for therapeutic use can be place either on or around the body. A soft mallet is used to strike the bowls creating sound and vibration.
A Sound bath or sound immersion is for groups of people where each person has their own personal space. The experience begins with each person lying down on a comfortable mat often with cushioning and an eye mask. After a brig the remainder of the experience is filled with different sounds and frequencies being introduced in succession.