Sound­ing out a new way to re­lax

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

A NEW med­i­ta­tion craze is cur­rently sweep­ing the US.

Once only found at New Age re­treats, sound baths are steadily en­ter­ing the main­stream as an al­ter­na­tive to run-of-the-mill re­lax­ation but, what ex­actly are they?

As the name sug­gests, they were cre­ated as a heal­ing ther­apy that uses sound to in­duce a med­i­ta­tive state and a feel­ing of in­tense re­lax­ation.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, par­tic­i­pants are im­mersed in sooth­ing sonic res­o­nance emit­ted by tra­di­tional in­stru­ments such as crys­tal singing bowls, tun­ing forks, and gongs.

“There’s been a crazy ex­plo­sion of sound baths,” Sara Auster, a sound healer told health and well­ness web­site Well and Good. “For what­ever rea­son it’s hap­pen­ing, I think it’s amaz­ing.”

Auster, who is also a yoga teacher, of­ten uses in­stru­ments like the har­mo­nium and gong in her tra­di­tional classes but finds that sound baths are a great way to com­bine the two into one ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Mostly, I hear ‘I had the best night’s sleep of my life, I was so re­laxed’,” says Auster.

“That’s prob­a­bly the most com­mon ef­fect that peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence – an over­all state of re­lax­ation. Some­times, peo­ple go on trippy jour­neys and see stuff.

“Sound af­fects every part of your brain, it’s a pretty pow­er­ful tool.”

They seem to be a ris­ing trend in the US and we have no doubt that they are well on their way to the UK too. In the mean­time, some prac­ti­tion­ers in­clud­ing Auster of­fer free sam­ples of their work on Sound­cloud. – The In­de­pen­dent

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