A sound bath is an immersive, meditative experience where sounds and vibrations wash over you, relieving stress, fatigue, and depression. Instruments such as crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and bells that make deep, resonating vibrations are used in sound bath sessions.
Since stress is linked to many chronic diseases such as heart problems, stress-relieving exercises like breathwork and meditation are good for overall health. The same goes true for sound baths. The relaxing effect of sound baths is good for physical and psychological health.
The body of research regarding the health benefits of sound baths is not extensive. However, several studies show that sound baths help improve mental health and reduce physical pain. Participants in these studies have reported reduced tension, anxiety, anger and confusion.
The instruments used in sound bath sessions stimulate alpha and theta brainwaves, which are typically linked to relaxation, rest, reflection, and meditation. You disengage from your thoughts, especially in the theta state, and are prone to a free flow of ideas. This meditative, peaceful state also reduces the heart rate and breathing rate, all of which have therapeutic and restorative effects.
While sound bath sessions are deeply relaxing, just like with meditation, each person’s sound bath experience will differ. You may emerge with a clear mind; you may feel gloomy, drowsy, or peaceful. After a sound bath, it is advised to drink water, write about your experience, reflect on it to reap the full benefits of the session.
You can find sound baths and other deeply relaxing sessions on Breath Hub to ease your mind and relax your body.