Did you know that sounds have the potential to elicit different reactions in us? While some can initiate positive emotions, others can be negative. How one reacts is in itself is very personal for each person, depending upon the particular sound.
Sound has meditative qualities and can influence how we feel. Over the last five years or so, sound therapy has taken off and it has been a game changer. There is a lot of curiosity around the idea, sparked by suggestions that it can increase focus and reduce discomfort. One such trending process is sound bathing. Closely related to meditation, participants are 'bathed' in sound waves during the process. Several instruments are put to use, including gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and even the human voice. The goal is to bring energies into equilibrium.
Here are some places where you can go to experience this version of sound therapy.
Joali Being, Maldives
At Joali Being, spaces have been developed in relation to a person's sound healing goal. It allows visitors to experience the therapeutic power of sound through the harmony of music and vibration. The Sound Therapy Hall offers tranquil setting to re-establish inner balance. An outdoor sound therapy section that resonates with the island’s natural rhythms is part of the Discovery Sound Path. Nine different instruments are available for users to interact with along the palm-lined trail.
Check here for more information: https://www.joali.com/joalibeing/blog/tuning-into-global-wellness-trends-sound-therapy-breathwork-at-joali-being/
Himalayan Academy of Sound Healing, Rishikesh
Despite having its headquarters in Rishikesh, the Himalayan Academy of Sound Healing has extended knowledge through its students via online exchange programmes and courses. It is built on the narrative that sound can heal people and the goal is to source unconventional and organic ways to bring harmony and stability to mental health. The online courses are offered in 2 stages – both a five-day workshop focusing on different sound therapy dimensions.
Check here for more information: https://himalayanacademyofsound.com/workshops
Crystal Sound Lounge, London
Clients engage in the process under three steps here – lying down, listening, and letting go - as a practitioner plays gongs and crystal bowls. The sound and vibrations are produced to encourage an extreme sense of well-being and composure to the client’s mood. Your limbs, fingers, toes, ears, and facial muscles must be relaxed one by one to achieve absolutely effective results. The process is a perfect digital detox spanning an hour of calm and peace, undisturbed away from everything except your body, mind, and soul.
Check here for more information: https://crystalsoundlounge.com/
Gong Spa, Manchester
Martin Cawthorne, an experienced sound healer, has built this platform. He has played all sorts of instruments for the past three decades, and is a practicing meditator. The gongs and different instruments are played for around 45 minutes, followed by a 5-minute silence to end the session naturally.
Check here for more information: https://gongspa.co.uk/
This place provides both an online platform and face-to-face sessions to enjoy comforting sounds that can soothe life’s hardships. The founder, Suzy Nairn, employs Tibetan singing bowls, melodic overtone voice, exquisite crystal singing bowls, a soft gong, and a heart drum, offering both solo and duo sessions.
Check here for more information: https://soundsphere.org.uk/