So, I know you must be asking yourself, ‘what is a sound bath?’ Let me first say that, no, you cannot substitute a sound bath for an actual shower. Wash yourself you nasty! Anywho, if you get past the shower step, you’re in for an overwhelming and enriching experience. I tried a sound bath for the first time when I was in college, I had no idea what to expect, but the leaders made me feel welcome as a newcomer. No one really spoke to me, it was a bit somber, like we were walking into a catholic mass or some sh*t, minus the burning scent of Palo Santo hitting you in the face with the might of Christ. Btw, Palo Santo is GREAT for cleansing, they were on to something. We all lay on the carpeted floor face up, the room was big enough so that we all had our own space. We had to take our shoes off, and some individuals received blankets that you can lay over yourself. I opted for a blanket since the room was kind of cold and I could feel the goosebumps on my skin screaming “Free us! Free us!” The facilitator, sat in the middle of the room towards the front with large white instruments called Tibetan Sound bowls ( I have a little one at home, it’s literally my favorite thing ever.) He invited us to close our eyes and we started with a meditation. He started playing the bowls and before long, I could feel this immense energy in my stomach, like, I was going down a roller coaster. It was honestly one of the most powerful experiences I have ever been through. (Yes child! It beat out sex!) That was before I knew about chakras, but, knowing what I know now, I’ve been attempting to include sound bathing as a way to cleanse my energy regularly, even if it’s once a year.
Sound baths are an ancient healing practice hailing from Eastern medical cultures that focuses on sound and acoustics to heal the body. The use of relaxing music in some form for health is a practice which predates Christ (who is old as hell) and have been scientifically linked to reductions in stress and anxiety, are becoming more popular in the United States, likely linked to the country’s increased interest in health, wellness, meditation and mindfulness. The same principle of binaural beats applies here, which I happen to use all the time.
Most times you are in an enclosed intimate space with low lighting, a few others and the practitioner. Sound bath practitioners are not performers. Rather, they work to utilize various instruments as tools to facilitate a shift in the participant’s consciousness. They strip away the structural elements of music like rhythm and arrangement. When properly executed, the result is a slowdown of your brainwaves, shifting from a more active state (beta) to a more relaxed dreamlike state (alpha).
Our body, mind, and spirit hold the energetic imprints of all of our experiences, and sound vibrations have a way of shaking things up. Because of this, they can induce a sense of bliss one minute and a feeling of unease the next. If these feelings do arise it’s happening because the environment is promoting a release, so just breathe through it rather than letting yourself be submerged in it. Bring your attention to the rhythm of your breathing. Tune into your deep inhales and deep exhales.
So what are your thoughts tribe? Would you give one a try? Have you experienced one before? Sound of below and share with a friend!
Until next time,