The Sounds And Sensations Of Singing Bowls

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If you’ve had a massage, you know how relaxed you feel afterward. But how about one that’s done through sound?

For four years, Jeanne Lens has been using singing bowl therapy. 

“It’s helped with stress and tension, and lower back pain, sometimes,” Lens said. “The bowls just vibrate through you, and you can feel that, everything just relaxing.” 

She spends her sessions with Glenda Baker, a harmonic sound therapist.

“We use Himalayan singing bowls to help people relax and get rid of stress and do some healing. It uses the sound of the bowl, the vibrations of the bowl, and the notes that the bowl plays that connects with the brainwaves,” Baker said.  

These tones are meant to heal all kinds of ails.

“We have been able to help people sleep better, to relax, to get rid of stress. I will have some people that actually will fall asleep during a session, so it does help to calm the brainwaves,” Baker said.
 
For some people, it’s more relaxing than a massage. 

“High notes off a bowl will hit those beta waves and kind of get the attention of the brain, and then the lower notes grab the alpha waves, which helps the body relax,” Baker said. “So, when you relax, you do a lot more than just release muscle tension. You have better blood flow, your brain kind of clears out.”

“Massages, they’re using their hands and pushing, and it’s a lot of times painful, and the singing bowls are not painful at all, they just, you feel the vibrations going through you, and it just relaxes your muscles, and you kind of melt into the table,” Lens said.


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