Sound Bath Training

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Sound, Vibrational Sound Therapy | 0 comments

Can you rub your belly with your dominant hand and pat your head with the non-dominant hand? If yes, can you do the opposite way? I discovered it is much easier performing the task of rubbing belly with the dominant hand than non-dominant one. Why I am mentioning it? In my sound bath training, I had to learn to play two crystal bowls at the same time and it is difficult. My instructor often teased me that I need to practice this exercise of rubbing and patting body parts to get more coordinated with my hands. It may seem easy, but having the same speed and pressure on the mallets is important for sound quality. For example, one bowl may not be heard because the other bowl overpowers it.

I also learned the importance of stretching before giving a sound bath. It is amazing how much turning, twisting and up & down action occurs during the event; especially when playing multi-instruments. If I do not extend my muscles beforehand, I feel sore afterward in my arms and chest area from all the movements. As a result, I now practice exercises to loosen my upper body before practicing or giving a sound bath. Speaking of practice, it is additionally part of my daily routine. I spend about 20 to 30 minutes every day playing bowls and gongs. I am reminded of my childhood piano lessons in which I was told ‘practice, practice and practice will only make it easier to play and sound good.’

My final thoughts about sound bath training involves the anatomy of it. Did you know there are 3 different types of sound baths? I usually perform a therapeutical one, but other styles include performance (like a musical show) and participation (everyone attending join in the event). An additional part of the anatomy is the volume or decibels. In the past, I have gone to sound baths and I have been overwhelmed by the volume in the room. In my training, I discovered the importance of decibels for playing a sound bath and what is considered too loud. It is acceptable to perform a sound bath between 75 and 90 decibels depending on the room size. Lastly, the benefits of sound baths result from regular attendance; once or twice a month. A person may feel relaxed after attending one, but to help with bigger issues of insomnia and stress reduction, it needs to become a routine similar to engaging in a yoga or exercise routine.