SOUND HEALING To relax and reconnect.
With a focus on deep relaxation and restoring equilibrium to the mind and body, sound healing workshops and retreats are quickly becoming a wellbeing buzzword. Jo Carnegie is a recent convert
Gong baths, Tibetan singing bowls, rattles, African drums; welcome to the world of sound healing. A few years ago it would de nitely have been on the ‘far out’ end of the holistic spectrum, but this ancient practice is now sweeping the modern wellbeing scene.
Once the domain of South American shamans and the Native American Navajo people, sound baths are now on the timetable at your local yoga studio. Sound healing workshops and retreats are fast becoming the R&R go-to, while people are bringing their own singing bowls to parties across the land. It seems like we can’t get enough – but what is it exactly?
The practice itself goes back thousands of years. Its roots are found in every corner of the world, with traditions that use sound to balance the energy ow in the body. A newer branch of the eld, known as sound therapy, combines ancient tradition with cutting-edge science, focusing on how di erent sounds a ect the mind, body and emotions. Whether you want to align your chakras or bring down your blood pressure, the emphasis is on deep relaxation and restoring equilibrium.
Converts rave about the bene ts. Gone are the days of meditating for hours on a yoga mat trying to quiet a busy mind. In a sound healing session (also known as a sound bath, as you are ‘bathed’ in sound) you still lie on a mat, but the instruments used have an instant calming e ect.
“The latest research shows our thoughts a ect our health and wellbeing,” says Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy and author of What Is Sound Healing?.
“If we can change the thoughts and beliefs that hold us in an unhealthy place, we naturally start to heal ourselves.”
Switching o to music is nothing new, but the repetition of rhythmic instruments like rattles and drums helps the brainwaves to drop into an