In these hard times, we are all looking for ways to relax and calm down such as yoga and meditation. And in this article, we are introducing you to Sound Baths; a very effective way of reducing stress and anxiety and improving your mood.
What Is A Sound Bath?
“A Sound Bath Is A Deeply-Immersive, Full-Body Listening Experience That Intentionally Uses Sound To Invite Gentle Yet Powerful Therapeutic And Restorative Processes To Nurture The Mind And Body.” As Sara Auster, sound therapist, meditation teacher and author, Defines it.
A sound bath is not meditation as you may think, but it helps your brain to slow down and your body to relax using different sounds and frequencies. Unlike meditation that requires you to sit up straight, focus on your breath, or repeating a certain mantra, all you have to do during a Sound Bath is listen.
How Is It Done?
First, your sound bath therapist will ask you to sit or lay down in a comfortable position, often with a blanket and an eye mask, as the experience will shift your brain to a dreamlike state.
Then you’ll be introduced to sounds that are created by a variety of overtone-emitting instruments including tuning forks, gongs, shruti box, Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, chimes, and voice.
When you sink into a sound bath and focus on your listening, you allow your brain waves to slow, shifting from a more active state to a more relaxed state. The sounds that are used bring your mind to a deeper state away from external stimuli which allow you to gain perspective on what’s going on with you.
How Does It Help?
A Sound Bath is very beneficial for you on physical, mental, and emotional levels. Some of these benefits are:
- Improves your mood & emotional intelligence.
- Reduces stress & anxiety.
- Enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance, and awareness.
- Strengthens your brain and it’s productivity & creativity.
- Improves the immune system, energy level, heart rates, and breathing.
- Lowers blood pressure and reduces inflammatory disorders.
How Can I Practice A Sound Bath At Home?
To do this relaxing practice at home all you need is to dress comfortably, grab a blanket, pillow for support, and an eye mask and find a distraction-free space. It is recommended to wear headphones to help block out external distractions. Then, search for an online sound bath on youtube, sit or lay down comfortably and focus on your listening.
Don’t have a lot of time to spare? No problem! You can simply practice it anywhere. Just sit in the chair comfortably at your office and close your eyes and relax. You can dip in the sound bath for 5 minutes or an hour depending on your needs.