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What Are Sound Baths? Experts Discuss The Latest Wellness Trend

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In your quest for relaxation or to boost your mental health, you may have heard that “sound baths” can help. But what are sound baths? In essence, they’re a form of meditation and relaxation where the listener is “bathed” in sound, Sarah Herrington, a yoga teacher and writer explains to TZR. “They’re effective and accessible,” she says. “Basically, you lie back, get comfortable and still, and the practitioner plays a variety of gongs, singing bowls, and chimes to create layers of sound waves and vibrations that help relax the nervous system, calm the mind, and take you on a bit of an inner journey. The effect is restorative and therapeutic.”

So when it comes to reducing stress, sound baths might be the new method to try this year. “They guide participants not only into physical healing, but mental and energetic rest, as well,” adds Herrington. The instruments used down-shift the beta brainwaves we use day-to-day to alpha (relaxed) and theta brainwaves (a meditative state). “You’ll notice the sound waves help you both still your thoughts and expand consciousness while encouraging healing,” she explains.

Dominca Fisher, BIAN Chicago’s director of creative and meditative exploration, says all things in our universe are constantly in motion, vibrating. “Every part of you creates a frequency, and sometimes these frequencies become out of sync,” she tells TZR in an email. “Sound baths allow for synchronicity of our personal vibrations.” In a sound bath, an instrument is played not to create a melody, but to create a frequency that washes over your body. “Because there is no melody to follow, the mind lets go of getting it right,” she adds. “You get lulled into a thrum: a non-thinking mind. You may find yourself in a lucid dream or enjoying a full-body relaxation.”


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