How Sound Baths Heal You
My first sound bath was at the Integratron in Landers, CA and it was a magical experience — I knew I needed to learn more. Admittedly, I was nervous. I am a tarot-reading, crystal-loving, magic-oil-using kinda girl but still, being subdued by way of bathing in sound was intimidating for me! So here is the 411 on sound baths for the curious or hesitant among us.
Using crystal bowls (or sometimes metal singing bowls) that are specifically attuned to healing frequencies, an instructor plays ambient music while you lie on a comfortable cushion and allow the sound and vibration wash over your body. It is a form of meditation and healing based on scientific and ancient principles that the cells in your body vibrate to a precise frequency when healthy and aligned and to a dissonant frequency when in disharmony. The resonant vibration, rhythms, and tones can recalibrate your vibration, leaving you with a sense of well-being, pain relief, and harmony.
It is not uncommon to fall asleep or drop into a deep meditative state during a sound bath. The cool thing is, you don’t need to do anything besides allow the sound to wash over you. My husband falls asleep in almost every guided mediation situation I drag him to and the sound bath was no exception (It is 100% fine to fall asleep during meditation by the way. It means you are deeply relaxed and your body takes over and you need sleep—so I am all for accidental napping as self-care). He mentioned feeling groggy afterwards and a little disoriented but later that day he admitted his back pain was gone and his anxiety eased.
My favorite way I’ve heard the HOW of the vibrational healing explained is that any restriction to the natural vibration of your baseline life force changes the specific tone you naturally resonate, in a way that is similar to holding down a guitar string. It can be forced to play a different note, but energy must be used to hold down that note. Vibrational energy from the crystal bowls acts as a resonant guide back to your natural, whole state that lost its natural state through stress. Excessive energy is toned down and deficient energy is made full. The sound bath balances the system and allows you to reestablish your natural, fully, healthy vibration.
For me, I felt reconstituted. My anxiety persisted 10 minutes into the session, but I could feel colors in my body (and I wasn’t on drugs). I remember entering a dream-like meditative state and feeling rainbows going through my muscles and bones, feeling my body temperature drop, and feeling that my insides were being washed over by this color and the displaced pieces magically placed back where they belonged. Serious magic.
I am overjoyed to be able to host monthly sound baths at my studio now (next one is July 12 7-8:30p) and honored to continue to make space for this kind of healing in the world. In our sound baths, we use quartz crystal singing bowls, encouraging clarity and purpose to one's heart and mind. It works on all levels of the energetic and physical bodies and resonates with all chakras. If you are a major crystal fanatic, we also offer crystal healing facials., and welcome walk-ins on Saturdays 11a-4pm, or Tuesday - Friday by appt.