If you have a penchant for green juices, meditation and crystals, then you’re going to love the latest wellness trend.
If you follow Jasmine Hemsley on Instagram then you’ll be well-acquainted with sound baths.
Never heard of them in your life? We’ve called on Carly Grace, an external practitioner at 42 Acres Shoreditch, to explain exactly what a sound bath is and how indulging in one can benefit your health. Namaste.
What is a sound bath?
Sound baths are a form of sound therapy that involves laying on the floor while someone gently taps a gong against a bowl. The vibrations from the bowl will apparently envelope the body, clearing away blocked energy, releasing tension and re-aligning the body when it is ‘out of tune,’ the main cause of which is usually stress-induced. Basically, you get to lay on the floor for an hour and totally chill out – who wouldn’t want to do that?
What happens at a sound bath?
“During a sound bath, you will be taken on a meditative journey through the healing power of sound,” explains Carly. There is very little to do but to lie comfortably in a warm environment with a rug or throw wrapped around you. The evening may start with a short, guided meditation before leading into the sound bath. How lovely.
How did sound baths start?
Sound baths are no means a modern phenomenon. Pythagoras, said to be one of the greatest mathematicians and philosophers of all time, was also a keen musician and noticed the effects sound had on the emotions of his listeners; he came to call it ‘musical medicine.’
What are the benefits?
Sound baths allow the body to enter a state of deep relaxation. “The brain waves can shift into the ‘alpha state’ (relaxed consciousness), which are the brain wave frequencies associated with the meditative, clear and peaceful state of mind. These same frequencies help reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia. It can also help with people suffering from trauma or pain,” explains Carly. Talk about multiple benefits!
Things to expect
Carly says that sound healing can be a highly emotive experience and, apparently, for some participants, these emotions can rise to the surface. “They can lead to tears and giggles all at once,” she adds.
Ready to relax?
By Bianca London