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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.

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The beauty of crystal singing bowls and why they’re so special

Since I started studying Integral Sound Healing I’ve become fascinated by how different sound frequencies can clear deep-rooted and long-standing energy blockages in the body as well as promote general health and well-being. In that time I’ve loved expanding the range of tools or instruments that I bring to my sound journeys.

Recently I invested in a chakra set of 7 beautiful white frosted crystal singing bowls which I really love: I frequently set them out in the living room and get totally lost in their exquisite sounds.

So what is it that makes crystal singing bowls so special? And what can they add to a sound journey?

Well firstly, crystal singing bowls have beautiful pure, clear sounds. They have an angelic quality to them which creates a feeling of peace and harmony. Nothing scratches or grates. They have a long sustain and amazing harmonic tones.

Crystal singing bowls are a by-product of the electronics industry. They were originally used to make components for microchips as they could withstand very high temperatures. Somewhere along the line, sound healers found that they created beautiful healing sounds and they are now made specifically for sound healing. They are made of 99.9% quartz and so contain all the qualities of quartz crystals. Quartz has the innate ability to amplify, transform, store, focus and transfer energy which is why it is used in the electronics industry. Likewise, the human body is said to contain crystalline structures which will transmit the sounds received from the bowls through our organs, tissues and cells. Hence, having a strong positive intention is very important when working with crystal singing bowls.

Because they produce exact notes and pure tones, they are very effective in chakra balancing and can be used on and off the body. Placed directly on the body they give the client a direct experience of the vibrations moving through blocked chakras removing deep, ingrained physical, emotional and mental imbalances and getting to the root of issues. Long standing pain can be alleviated as the emotional blocks behind the pain are removed. If you have a long-standing back problem for example, you may not even be aware of the fact that you are creating tension through the way you stand or hold yourself – you may be protecting your back from further injury and so creating tension. Once you become aware of this, the pattern can be released, the natural energy flow restored and the back pain vanishes as if by magic.

Finally the frequencies of crystal singing bowls have the abilities to affect our brainwaves slowing them down from our daily waking state of beta into the relaxed meditative state of alpha or even deeper into the theta state where we can change our subconscious beliefs and activate our bodies’ own healing. The most common feedback that I receive from participants at my regular sound events is that they have never felt so relaxed. And it feels effortless – like meditation without the work it usually takes to get there. There is a very special silence at the end of a sound bath as people slowly start to become present again.

So crystal singing bowls can bring us back to our natural state of balance returning our chakras, aura and physical body to its natural vibration and flow.

I love playing my crystal bowls as they allow me to enter totally into the present moment. Absorbed in their sounds I feel at one with my bowls.

If you’ve never experienced the wonders of crystal singing bowls, I’ll be doing a special meditation with them at my next sound bath – to help you relax into the sound bath and connect with your emotions.  There will also be Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, some Shamanic drumming, koshi chimes and healing voice. I’m so looking forward to sharing my beautiful bowls with you.

Next sound journey: Friday 10th June