Tibetan Singing Bowls
The soothing sounds of Tibetan bowls are a very powerful tool for wellness and can be used jointly with massage techniques to enhance and prolong the effects of physical treatments.
The bowls used are a great tool to tune the body and bring balance where it is needed ,both at cellular and physical level.
They also bring a deep state of relaxation to mind body and spirit by relaxing the system responsible for the production of cortisol (stress hormone).
The Influence Of Sound On Our Bodies And Minds
One theory supposes sound bowls calm the mind by entraining the brain’s electrical impulses to mimic those we find in states of meditation, deep concentration, or relaxation. Can sound vibrations “re-tune” the vibrations of our minds?
The idea that music can influence brain waves began with Alfred A. Tomatis, a 20th-century French otolaryngologist, and was later made popular by Don Campbell’s 1997 book, the Mozart Effect, which focused on music’s power to make us smarter and better able to concentrate.
- 0.1-4 Hertz Delta patterns are found during deep sleep, coma or while under anesthesia
- 4-8 Hertz Theta patterns occur during REM sleep, creativity, and meditation
- 8-13 Hertz Alpha patterns appear during moments of alertness, attention, or movement
- 13 Hertz or greater Beta patterns occur when we’re awake with increased alertness, or involved in cognitive processes
Some hypothesize that listening to singing bowls guides the mind toward theta brain wave activity, specifically, the frontal midline theta that’s observed when we’re in deep concentration or meditation.
Studies support the theory that music, especially that which is “personally liked by the subjects,” indeed alters the brain’s bio-electrical oscillations, although this effect is most apparent in the range of alpha and beta frequencies. While sound bowls help us relax and feel good, more work needs to be done to demonstrate they specifically target the same regions of the mind that meditation does.
The Beneficial Joy Of Of Singing Bowl Meditation
While it’s possible that sound increases alpha and beta wave activity and reduces the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, it may simply be that participants enter a state of quietude by being distracted from their every day unpleasant feelings.
Anyone who’s had their mood lifted by a song on the radio innately knows that music indeed has the power to change how we think and feel. The unique sound quality of singing bowls draws us in because it’s different and new.
Therapists and scientists point to the benefits of stress-reduction and relaxation techniques that do not require the effort and discipline that learning meditation entails. In fact, participants are often welcome to fall asleep during sound bath practices, which in itself is beneficial for those of us who live hurried and stressful lives.
Regardless of the underlying mechanisms of how it all works, there’s no doubt that for those who perceive singing bowl sounds as relaxing, spending time in stillness listening to the bowls is a joyful activity with the power to bring us to a deep state of relaxation. This alone makes a sound bath or treatment worthy of our time.