What is the difference between a Vibrational Sound Session and a Sound Bath?

by | May 1, 2019 | Sound, Vibrational Sound Therapy | 0 comments

I am often asked what the difference is between Vibrational Sound session and a Sound Bath. The simplest explanation is a Vibrational Sound session is felt and a Sound Bath is heard. Another difference is a Vibrational Sound session is individual and a Sound Bath is a group activity. Now that I provided two simple definitions, I will go into more details about the two services.

In a Vibrational Sound session, Himalayan bowls are placed on different parts of either the front or the back of the body. When I strike the bowl, a person will feel the vibration of the bowl. The vibrations are felt directly where the bowl is placed and can travel to other parts of the body. You may not hear the bowls being played, but you will feel it. Most people enter a meditative state or fall asleep during a session. Why? The vibrations of the bowls start relaxing your muscles and gradually reduce your heart rate and breathing.  Therefore, a person feels very relaxed and maybe sleepy. 

A Sound Bath is a musical performance in which the practitioner plays the bowls and gongs for therapeutic reasons. The number of instruments engaged in a sound bath varies; a person may hear Himalayan bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, drums and chimes. The practitioner really decides on how many and what type of instruments are played. A popular type of Sound Bath is a Gong Bath in which only gongs are used. I perform Sound Baths using Himalayan and crystal bowls with gongs. As I mentioned earlier, a Sound Bath is heard; a Sound Bath is a person being bathed in sound waves. The different musical instruments create various sound waves felt throughout the room. Thus, I often describe it as a person is floating in an ocean of sound waves. You can enjoy a Sound Bath in either a public or private setting. I hold weekly Sound Baths on Thursday evenings at 6 pm.