People often find us while searching Google for the words “sound bath,” so I thought I’d post a bit about what that is. I often provide sound baths for couples, groups and even individuals, and you can scroll to the bottom for the next group one coming up in Minneapolis.
Sound Bath and Sound Therapy have become more and more popular in the last few years, as people want to experience these things and possibly learn to provide them for others. Before I get into details, I want to share that Sound Healing/Therapy and Sound Baths are very powerful, and there is a lot to learn before just going out, buying a singing bowl (especially a Crystal Singing Bowl) and singing it for a group of people or an individual.
Sometimes this works out fine, but some sounds are not good medicine for some people. It’s also true that there are times when we can handle something, and times when we can’t, so it’s important to have experience and training. We need to ask important questions, such as whether anyone in the group has severe tinnitus, migraines, sound sensititviy, or might be neurodivergent (autistic or something else), is pregnant, has been traumatized by any kind of sound (triggers) or is feeling particularly anxious, sad or overwhelmed. If we don’t ask, some people may end up in physical or mental/emotionain distress. Many people facing these kinds of challenges can enjoy the experience as long as the person providing it is aware and makes the needed adaptations for them, and is prepared to help if something comes up in the moment.
A Sound Healing Immersion (aka sound bath) can be a very profound, transformative experience, as you rest comfortably and just enjoy. While a normal water bath reaches the surface of things, a Sound Bath does far more, dropping you into a state of deep relaxation, or deeper still into releasing whatever is blocking your well-being.
To begin, there is often a short introduction on how it works, and to ask about the cautions mentioned above, then we’ll dive into the experience, with time for questions afterward. In a larger group, participants may be able to help create the healing sounds, as well as to receive them, and to relax deeply as the sounds wash over the entire group.
In a Sound Bath, you’ll be lying down fully clothed on a yoga or padded mat, or in a comfortable chair if it’s hard for you to get onto the floor. People often bring a light blanket or pillow – whatever they need to be comfortable. Once we start, you’ll experience waves of sound created with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Tuning Forks, Crystal Singing Bowls, Drumming and Voice. What happens for you is guided by your conscious intention to heal, release stress & connect with your inner joy and wisdom. The facilitator is there to co-create safe space with the group and to use these tools with experience, keeping track of how the sound is being received and adjusting as needed so that people have a really good experience.
Your intent, what you want to bring about, along with the sound creates the healing or therapeutic effect, so it’s great if you arrive having that intention in mind and heart.
Please feel free to add questions or your thoughts in the comments!
PS The next local Sound Bath is Sunday, April 10th, at 2:00pm, in Minneapolis, at the Center for the Performing Arts. Space is limited, so please head over to the Sound Healing Minneapolis Meetup page to RSVP and see details.