A warm soak in the tub can be relaxing, but that isn’t the only kind of bath that can relieve stress. Another variety, a sound bath, harness the power of sound waves to produce a unique and meditative experience.
How it’s practiced
Practitioners of sound baths manipulate sounds from various sources, such as Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, and bells, to produce gentle sound waves at different pitches. During this process, you may be seated or lying down with your eyes closed.
Why it works
Essentially, the sounds you hear during a sound bath result in deeper, slower brain-wave patterns that allow your body to access its natural healing abilities. Today’s digital noise of news, social media, and the like overstimulates your brain waves, which can provoke your body’s stress responses. Sound baths expose you to frequencies that can invoke feelings of calm.
The rising popularity and results
When quarantining was a new concept at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people turned to new hobbies to find relief from the added stress and tension. As it turns out, people of all ages find comfort in sound therapy. The soothing, echoing sounds produced by the instruments are intended to help relieve stress, fatigue, and symptoms of depression.
This simple but beautiful craft is making its way into mainstream holistic treatment services, so consider trying it for the potential benefits to your overall well-being.