What is a Sound Bath?

What is a Sound Bath?

Sound baths became popular when the wellness movement “sound healing” rose as another meditative method that can purportedly help heal the mind, body, and spirit.  

To do a sound bath, you will need the following tools:  

  • Crystal bowls  
  • Tibetan singing bowls  
  • Bells  
  • Gongs  

 

The vibrations from the instruments are claimed to lead you to a deeper concentration, and relaxation, and shutting down your body’s fight-or-flight reflex.  

 

What Are The Purported Benefits?  

Some of the findings about written studies about sound baths noted that they can help with depression, anxiety, and other negative moods.  

2016 study found tension, anxiety, and other negative moods decreased significantly after sound bath therapy.  

However, the study also recommended more randomized control trials to further look at the effects of the meditative practice.  

Another 2020 study also noted there were improvements when it comes to the distressed mood of participants, which included tension, anger, and confusion after a sound bath therapy with Tibetan singing bowls.  

The same study also discovered there were improvements in the blood pressure and heart rate of the participants. However, the researchers went on to say that more studies are needed to solidify the health benefits of sound baths to every individual.  

 

Should You Try It?  

There is no concrete evidence that sound baths can be a scientific method to treat mental health disorders. It should not be used in place of the proper treatments for corresponding illnesses.  

However, it can still be done as a meditative practice for relaxation and could be worth a try to help with stress management.  

 

SOURCE:  
https://www.healthline.com/health/sound-bath#takeaway  

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32507429/  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5871151/ 

 

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