The Healing Power of Sound Vibration
By Asya Haikin
Babies are soothed by the sound of mother’s heartbeat or a lullaby. We find certain sounds relaxing, like gentle sound of rain or ocean surf. We soothe ourselves with music, or we go out in nature to hear the birds singing.
Sound has long been an accompaniment to spiritual practices, with church bells in the West and bowls and gongs in the East. We are learning now that by soothing the mind sound vibrations also enhance healing in the body. A modern-day practice of sound bath is a way to have some respite from the stresses of daily life. When you participate in a sound bath you rest in a reclined position, while being immersed in the sounds of singing bowls, gongs, or other traditional wind and percussion instruments. Recent research has shown that sound, and specifically Tibetan (Himalayan) singing bowls, benefits both the mind and the body by reducing anxiety, depression and pain, and increasing spiritual wellbeing
Sound affects the brain, and we now know that the brain is neuroplastic - meaning that it can change. It used to be a given that our brain is formed by the end of our teenage years, and there is little we can do to change the way we are, but, good news, now we know that we can change! New research on neuroplasticity shows that the brain is constantly adapting and creating new wiring in response to stimulation. So, if your mind is often racing and you are experiencing negative effects of stress, immersing yourself in the sound of singing bowls will actually change your brain and make it less reactive to stress.
Healing qualities of sound are enhanced when we can experience its vibrations in a more immediate way. In Tibetan Tones ® Vibrational Sound Healing singing bowls are placed directly on the body, so vibration can penetrate the body without being overwhelming for our sense of hearing. Learn more about Tibetan Tones ®
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