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lthough sound baths may seem like a “new age” concept, the practice of sound as a healing modality is technically thousands of years old with deep roots in cultures across the world.
A sound bath is a meditative experience where clients are “bathed” in sound waves. These waves are produced by healing instruments such as singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles and tuning forks.
The music doesn’t have a catchy melody or rhythm like you’d experience at a concert, but instead, is a carefully selected wash of instruments played by the practitioner(s).
“The general intention of a sound bath is to create a state of harmony in the listener by using sound to clear discordance from the participants’ energy fields. Among the benefits are relaxation, an increased sense of wellbeing, expanded awareness, and access to inner visionary experience,” says Seth Misterka, co-founder of the Crystal Sound Bath in Los Angeles.
In addition to helping the body relax, the sound vibrations have the ability to help heal at the physical level. Miller likens the experience to acupuncture. Tamalyn Miller, the lead sound practitioner at Naturopathica Chelsea in NYC. explains: “If you go to an acupuncturist, you likely have energy blocked somewhere that the practitioner helps unlock. The sound bath is similar, but you’re using frequency and vibration instead of needles,” Miller says. “At Naturopathica, we’ve seen people have specific areas of their body where they can feel things loosening up or they feel pain literally going away.” Similarly, Western medicine uses sound waves in the form of ultrasound technology, which is used to break up kidney stones among other things.
And the bonus….It’s relaxing and enjoyable!