Sound bath

Human beings have an intimate connection with sound – and more specifically sound vibrations – from as early as the womb. Experiencing goose bumps from hearing a certain tune, for instance, is a tangible sign that we are affected by sound waves. Sound has the power to change moods and energy levels, and even effect physical healing when used regularly and in a certain way.

Although it is known that sound had special significance for prehistoric humans, the process of actually manipulating sound for healing can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who utilised it as a form of medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Our body, mind and spirit hold the energetic imprints of all of our experiences, and sound vibrations have a way of shaking things up and promoting a release. A sound bath is not a musical performance though - it’s an opportunity to unplug from our hyperactive modern lives and to gain perspective on what's going on within. Various instruments such as the Tibetan singing bowl, shamanic drum, sansula, chimes and rainstick are utilised to slow down the brainwaves, shifting the brain from a more active state (beta) to a more relaxed dreamlike state (alpha).  

What's so remarkable about sound baths is that they have a direct and immediate impact on our whole being. You don't have to be a well-practiced yogi or self-care practitioner in order to have a profound experience with sound. It is a great way for people to experience the positive effects of calming the mind for optimal wellbeing, and as such can be a gateway to other meditative practices such as meditation and Yoga Nidra.

I trained in the art of sound healing with Anne Malone and include sound in most of my classes, from physical classes to Yoga Nidra and 1:1 sessions. I run occasional sound baths for relaxation and wellbeing.

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