Music is a powerful force that can evoke all kinds of feelings and responses within our bodies. Scientists are only just starting to understand how our brains process these melodic sounds, with numerous studies looking into music’s capabilities in treating human ailments. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that in many ancient societies – such as Tibetan, Aboriginal, and ancient Egyptian traditions – sound played an important role.
Sound baths have been growing in popularity in recent years, as many report them bringing balance and harmony into their lives. Healing practitioners, like Susy Markoe Schieffelin, explain that sound frequencies can slow down brain waves to a deeply restorative state which activates the body’s system of self-healing.
Singing bowls, gongs, Tibetan bowls, drums, and tuning forks are used in typical sessions, with each instrument serving a different purpose to stimulate a particular part of the body. Schieffelin says that gongs are usually used to release tension in the body and to stimulate the glandular and nervous systems.
Not sold on the century-old practice? Here are three benefits of sound healing.
It’s very relaxing
If you’ve ever been to a sound healing session, you will know how relaxed you come out feeling. With our fast-paced culture, we all deserve a little chill time.
It improves your health
More and more studies are uncovering the healing benefits of sound therapy. Research has shown its benefits in easing menopause, strokes, autism ADHD, and more. Your mental health can also benefit from these practices. “Sound healing helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression,” Schieffelin says. “It balances and clears the mind, and leads to a renewed sense of purpose, well-being, calm, and happiness.”
It clears energetic blockages
Some people have reported deep healing through sound therapy, helping them find release and calm and recover from trauma or day-to-day stresses.
Some describe physical sensations during these sessions like tingling in your hands and feet, or a feeling of being cold or hot. Schieffelin says: “Breathe into the sensations without attaching to them or labeling them. Instead, focus on your breath as you allow them to pass.”