Crystal Singing Bowls? Does it work?

How can sound have healing properties?

Think about how sound makes you feel, when a song you love comes on, doesn’t it make you happier?  Sound affects us all the time, soothing and calming sounds can heal, just as jarring and harsh sounds can harm.Studies have shown that our mind reacts positively to music. Music therapy is becoming an increasingly utilized therapy tool.  Think of a mother calming her child with the sound of her voice, or meditative chanting to understand how deeply we react to sounds and singing. Music is a known de-stressor. Scientists from the National Institutes of Health found that those who listened to classical music before a stressful event recovered from stress faster than those who listened to rippling water of relaxed in quiet.Sound and vibration can physically move objects, not just energy. Bang on a drum loudly, and observe how the pictures on your walls vibrate. Put something on top of your speakers, turn up the volume and watch sound move. These are simple ways of seeing that sound has the ability to move energy, because we can actually see it.  So it’s not difficult to understand that sound and vibration is also affecting us on a structural and molecular level.

Sound healing can be incredibly therapeutic.  It can help center our mind for contemplation, meditation and create different patterns and pathways. Vibrational therapy has been shown to offer relief from a number of issues including pain, insomnia and migraines. Sound can initiate change in the immune, autonomic, endocrine, and neuropeptide systems. Organs, atoms, cells, glands – all levels of the body, large and small – absorb and emit sound. Sound or vibrational therapy is the idea that all illness is characterized by blockage in the channels on some level, either in nadis, arteries, veins or nerves. When there is a blockage, the organ in question stops vibrating at a healthy frequency and can result in illness. Sound, vibration and light can break up, dissolve and release these blockages.

Crystal bowl healing is one form of vibrational medicine. The tones produced by crystal bowls are not just heard by the ear, you feel them in your body with certain tones affecting your energy centers (chakras) for healing, balancing & meditation. Since the bowls are tuned to specific musical notes which correspond to the chakras, when a bowl attuned to a chakra is played it works to balance that chakra and remove stagnant energy from that chakra.  For example, C-sharp activates the pineal gland, the integration of the third eye , the crown chakra and the adrenal system. Crystal singing bowls are one of the most powerful chakra balancing tools available because of this.

The bowl or bell shape gives the sound similar characteristics to the human voice. This quality is why they are known as singing bowls.  The quartz crystals in the bowls are able to amplify, store, focus, transfer, and most importantly transmute energy.  Since matter is energy that vibrates at different rates, the structure of matter can be changed when you change the rate of vibration. Our body is considered to be in a healthy state of being when each cell, and organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being. The crystal bowls cause the brain to switch to Theta brainwave frequencies that heighten one’s intuition, clarity of mind, as well as deep meditative and peaceful states. This can positively affect our nervous system and triggers our relaxation reflex and inhibiting pain or stress response.Quartz is composed of silicon dioxide, something that is found in our chemical makeup. The vibrations of crystal bowls “re-tune” us to our own natural and healing vibrations. Like other forms of vibrational healing, such as crystals, homeopathy, and Reiki, the tones of the bowls dissolve energetic blockages, allowing for a return to balance.

The initial effect of playing crystal bowls is to relax the body and mind. Once calmness is restored, the sound frequencies stimulate the chakras, brain, endocrine glands, and nervous system. When we combine the playing of the bowls with focused, positive thought, the results are even more powerful.They are excellent tools for creating natural binaural beat tones. Scientific studies and a multitude of experiences by practitioners suggest that the use of binaural beats is an effective way to treat anxiety and similar disorders, and to achieve a meditative mental state.

Research proves that playing bowls improves concentration, creativity and lowers anxiety before testing, resulting in higher test scores and retention. This can be explained by the brainwave entrainment effects of the bowls through their binaural beats. “Binaural beats are like auditory illusions…” they trick the brain into the desired brainwave state.”  – Dr. Mitchell Gaynor , Oncologist

The Crystal Singing Bowls create sounds acoustically, this makes the sound natural, complex, and pleasant to listen to. Importantly: when two bowls are used, the process of entrainment occurs naturally between the two as they feedback between each other and cause each other to resonate towards a state of equilibrium.Quartz crystal music holds the vibration of white light which ultimately refracts into the rainbow and acts directly on our chakras when played. It has the power to bring about a positive shift in our consciousness and as our awareness expands, we grow close to our original selves and start to reflect the highest radiance in our physical form.

The Singing Bowls generate not one single note, but several, playing a single bowl has similarities to playing a chord on a piano. What the ‘chord’ might be depends on the construction of each individual bowl. In some cases the harmonics are close enough to each other in pitch that they add a natural vibrato to the sound, following the same principle of interference beating that makes binaural beats possible. Similar to Tibetan monks over-toning to create multiple tones with their voices.The addition of metals or gemstones like gold, platinum, ruby, amethyst and diamond to the Crystal Bowls will add another dimension to the sound waves. The resonant characteristics of these materials, added to the quartz crystal, create unique new dimensions to the sound vibrations. Each of these elements on their own has beneficial effects to human psychology.The Crystal Singing Bowls utilizes these different elements, each with unique and positive effects, and integrates them into a single, holistic system. Quartz crystal singing bowls are one of the most powerful methods for healing on spiritual, emotional, and physical levels. The use of crystal bowls take the principle of vibrational healing through sound to a new level. 

Everyone can benefit from crystal healing singing bowls. Surrendering to the vibratory healing energy can induce a meditative state.  Practitioners utilize this therapy as an alternative treatment for issues like anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disorders and PTSD to name a few. We’re excited to announce that Crystal Bowls is a new treatment that we’re offering here at Healing Hands Therapy Center. We’ve recently added a new addition to our team, Amanda who is a jack of all trades, she will be holding yoga sessions, as well as crystal bowl demos. If you were intrigued by the properties that Crystal Singing Bowls possess, feel free to book an appointment with her this month. 🙂

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