Singing Bowl Therapy
"There is no organ system in the body that's not affected by sound, music, and vibration." ~Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.
Sound has a tremendous influence over human functionality as it touches and influences our emotions like no other source of input or expression.
Himalayan singing bowls, also sometimes erroneously referred to as Tibetan singing bowls, have been handcrafted in the Himalayas for centuries. Metalworkers use ancient techniques, the highest quality virgin metals (bronze), and modern science to formulate what is known as “the perfect singing bowl." The therapeutic bowls used in our practice feature a unique production process engineered to create the most precise singing bowls available in the world. Each is carefully designed and then hand created by the most skilled metal artisans. Himalayan singing bowls are used professionally in the fields of music therapy, health care, meditation, massage, yoga therapy, counseling, and most notably, sound therapy.
Singing Bowl Therapy helps us move from a place of imbalance to a place of balance, relaxation, peace, and harmony. Our body, mind, and spirit constantly search for equilibrium, yet we often have too much outer stimulus and noise, and not enough time to dedicate to ourselves, which can prevent us from achieving deep levels of relaxation and overall well-being. The bowls support us in obtaining this balance by facilitating shifts in our brainwave state through a process called entrainment.
Singing Bowl Therapy is offered to a fully clothed recipient lying comfortably on a therapy table. The bowls are placed directly on and around the body and gently struck with a felt mallet to produce their unique vibration and sound. The ambient tones lull us into deep relaxation, while the subtle vibrations from the bowls offer a gentle “massage” to the cellular tissues of the body. Singing Bowl Therapy is physically less intrusive than a traditional hands-on massage. The therapy bowl does most of the physical work therefore contact is kept to an absolute minimum. Most recipients start to relax as soon as the session begins with the bowls quickly easing us into a nurturing state of mindfulness and well-being. Results vary of course, but Singing Bowl Therapy can have a profound effect on the body and mind. The modality is above all a method of complete relaxation, and most recipients will reach this state quite quickly, even during their first session; many even fall asleep.
Some of the additional benefits of Singing Bowl Therapy can include:
• Ease of muscles tension
• Slowing of respiration
• Deep relaxation
• Reduction of stress and anxiety
• Lessening feelings of anger and fear
• Increased feelings of happiness, joy, and tranquility
• Ease of chronic pain and inflammation
• Improvement of the human immune function
• Lowering of heart rate and blood pressure
• Stimulation of deeper sleep
• Reduction in chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
• Increased mental and emotional clarity
• Support in working through past physical and emotional traumas
Clients who experience a deep state of relaxation through Singing Bowl Therapy often report a feeling of mental freshness that they carry with them after the session is over. Relaxation and meditative states of mind have also been shown to increase the threshold for emotional response, meaning they can help us manage our emotional reactions to outside influences. Like other kinds of meditation, Singing Bowl Therapy can help us be more internally aware while being more present in the moment and connected with our surroundings. (Note: regretfully, Singing Bowl Therapy is not suitable for clients with pacemakers.)
About our Therapy Bowls
Gentle Earth uses 16 precisely-engineered therapy bowls for client care. Click the play button below to hear a sample of what a few of our instruments sound like. Headphones are recommended for optimal listening.
This bowl is used as a call to attention at the beginning of your session to help transition you from a place of thinking and doing to a place of being and feeling. Thanks to the nature of its small size, this bowl can also be used on the head and neck. It is additionally utilized at the end of your session to call you back into full awareness of the studio room.
Size: 4.75” x 1.75” (12cm x 4cm), Weight: 0lbs 11oz (300g)
This bowl is used as a lightweight replacement for the heavier 1300H which makes it perfect for use on joints, such as the elbow, or knees. This bowl offers a great amount of vibration for its size and is optimal for also using off the body around the head.
Size: 6.75" x 3.5" (17cm x 9cm), Weight: 1lbs 8oz (700g)
This medium-sized bowl is an integral part of the session. It provides intermediate vibrations perfect for use on the legs, feet, arms, and hands. It is also used on the back, shoulders, or chest.
Size: 8.5” x 3.5” (22cm x 9cm), Weight: 2lbs 0oz (900g)
This bowl has a diameter similar to the 900 but is quite a bit heavier. The thicker walls of this bowl sustain stronger vibrations for a longer time, making it ideal for use on the back and shoulders.
Size: 9” x 3.25” (23cm x 8cm), Weight: 2lbs 14oz (1300g)
This bowl provides strong and deep vibrations that resonate deep into the core of your body. This bowl is mainly used on the back, chest, and stomach.
Size: 11.5” x 4.5” (29cm x 11cm), Weight: 4lbs 7oz (2000g)
This large bowl brings deep vibrations that are excellent for grounding, thus, the origin of its name. In a session, this bowl is used off the body at the feet or under the table. As a stand-alone experience, the grounding bowl can be used in a brief session to bring a sense of calm, relaxation and profound grounding to the client.
Size: 22” x 7” (56cm x 18cm), Weight: 24bs 12oz (11,225g)
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and Honored Member in Good Standing with the Vibrational Sound Association