Sound meditation is a popular form of meditative therapy. It uses sound vibrations from Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, or other instruments to induce relaxation and stress relief.
This type of sound meditation has been used for centuries by Native American tribes and by Tibetan monks. It has also been studied by scientists, who are beginning to understand the healing powers of sounds.
The science behind sound healers suggests that vibrations interact with our body's cells to bring about specific results, including reducing pain, anxiety, and depression. The practice is a natural complement to other meditative practices, like yoga and breathing exercises.
When selecting a sound practitioner, look for one with a formal sound healing certification. A good sound healer should have a background in metaphysics, energetic anatomy, mantra, music and tones, and epigenetics.
Before your session, arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Create a comfortable, reclining or laying down position that supports your body.
You can use blankets, pillows, yoga blocks or bolsters to make yourself more relaxed. You can also place an eye pillow under your eyes to help you focus on the sounds.
During your sound meditation, take slow, deep breaths and relax your body. Then, listen to the sounds and guided words carefully.
Studies have shown that this meditative technique can reduce tension, improve sleep, and relieve stress and mental health issues such as depression. In addition, it can increase a person's spiritual well-being.