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Not all sound baths are the same

If you’ve never been to a sound bath, you might be unsure what to expect as there are so many different ways of working with sound.  Sound baths are definitely not all the same!

  • Some sound baths involve loud gongs
  • Some have crystal bowls played really loudly
  • Others might have only 1 or 2 instruments (mostly Tibetan bowls or most crystal bowls)
  • While others might feature a range of instruments.
  • Other sound baths are more gentle focusing on relaxation.

There are sound baths out there to suit everyone but not all sound baths will be suitable for everyone. There are a number of contraindications you should be aware of. I list these on my booking site.

So how do I know what to expect?

Check out the person’s website. What level of training do they have? Many people say they are sound healing practitioners after only a few days training while others have completed a 1-year or a 2-year diploma course with one of the main British sound healing schools.

Contact them and ask them how loudly they play their instruments. Some people love loud gongs. Others just find them too much.

Some people are very sensitive to sound and can be triggered by the intensity of crystal bowls which are very powerful.

Is the practitioner well trained or someone who has just bought a set of bowls? Would they know what to do if you started to feel emotional?

Does the person have a background as a musician or are they an experienced therapist? Both may have completely different approaches to how they run a sound bath. It shouldn’t be a performance but a therapeutic, relaxing experience.

A good practitioner will play for their audience (not to their audience). They will keep an eye on the reactions of their participants. I always let people know that if any sounds make them feel uncomfortable, they can give me a wave and I will change them. I watch people as I play. I watch for restlessness or people looking uncomfortable. Hands over the ears are a sure sign they’re not happy. I placed my hands over my ears recently at a sound bath – the crystal bowls were causing me physical pain. The person leading the sound bath didn’t notice.

As a teacher I hear many stories of people being traumatised by sound baths with sounds played too loudly and insensitively. Recently someone reported feeling physically sick and dizzy. They approached the practitioner and were met with a shrug of the shoulders.

As sound healing becomes more well-known, many people are setting themselves up without proper training. Do your research, ask them questions, get referrals from friends. All these will ensure you book with the right person for you and have a good experience. Stay safe. Sound baths, when handled sensitively, can be a wonderful therapeutic, relaxing experience allowing the body to really let go and sink into deep rest.