Do Why You Should Swap Your Bubble Bath For a Sound Bath
Step into restorative bath experience— sans tub and bubbles. A “sound bath” is an ancient, healing practice where you can expect to stay dry, as the only thing you will be soaking in is healing sound frequencies. During this form of restorative meditation, I use various combinations of singing bowls, gongs and tuning forks to address different physical, emotional or mental levels. For example, a singing bowl tuned to the F note is traditionally known to affect the heart chakra, and might be used as a healing tool connecting to love and compassion. Regardless of the practice’s focus, sound therapy works to restore and heal by encouraging the body’s “relaxation response.” Coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, the “relaxation response” is defined as our body’s ability to return to pre-stress levels. Prepare to let go of stress and tension, and enhance the ability to connect with your inner state of wellbeing.
While many people want to meditate, many find it difficult. Using sound to facilitate healing processes in the body is an accessible way for people who don’t have prior meditation experience to participate in the benefits— that’s one of the the aspects I love most about sound therapy. Take humming, for instance. Something as simple as mumbling a tune can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, significantly slow and deepen our breath, aid the digestive system, and stimulate the vagus nerve. You might remember turning to humming as a kid, as it is incredible self-soothing.