What Is A Sound Bath & Can It Help You Start Meditating?

By Isadora Baum

You might thinking, "What's a sound bath?" and "Does it involve water?" but believe it or not, no bathtub is required, here. Plus, if you're skeptical, you can always work on bettering your meditation skills, as a way to get used to the idea of stillness, focus, and breath.

How It Works

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A sound bath is a type of meditation where the leader makes continuous sounds using Tibetan or crystal bowls as instruments. Other sounds might be tuning forks, bells, didgeridoo, or drums, among others.

"Sound bath practitioners can use gongs or crystal singing bowls (that are composed almost entirely of silica sand or quartz) or both together. Some practitioners also sing in combination with a gong and crystal bowls. The goal is to create a concert of sounds, a symphony of vibrations that provide balance and serenity for the mind, body heart, and soul," say Nick Marrufo and Susan Marrufo, co-founders Samarasa Center, a yoga Pilates community in Los Angeles, CA.

"Participants most often lay on their backs on a mat or find a comfortable seated position that allows for a deep state of relaxation for the body and mind. Some participants will cover themselves in a blanket or use an eye mask to block out light," they say. Eyes are closed and the healing begins. The brain gets still, and you can be with yourself, tuning into the rhythmic sounds, without feeling consumed by day-to-day stresses.

The Benefits

Overall, a sound bath is a type of meditative practice that's supposed to help balance the body and prevent chronic anxiety. "A sound bath can be likened to a sonic massage where the participant lets go and can reach a state of deep relaxation and connect with their subconscious. So, sound baths can promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sensations," they say. Plus, meditation in general is supposed to make you happier and enhance your mood.

By getting to touch with your body and its thoughts and intuitions, you'll be able to enter a state of mindfulness and understanding, which will then translate over into other areas of your life.

"The experience is known to be healing and can help relieve pain, stress, and anxiety, as well as improve sleep and energy. Most people leave a sound bath feeling more relaxed and energized," they say.

Your best bet? Try it for yourself. You might just find it to be a beneficial practice you'll want to integrate into your schedule on a regular basis. And, if you can't go to a formal sound bath event, you can always listen to a recording of the types of sounds involved.

Want to learn how to start meditating? Learn how here.