Sound baths have been increasing in popularity over the years and is now offered in almost all major yoga studios and other wellness events. A sound bath is a relaxing meditative event where participants lay down on a yoga mat or blankets while sound healers play an assortment of sacred instruments such as crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, rattles and drums. This may be accompanied by guided meditation, singing, chanting and other healing modalities such as Reiki.
According to sound healer, Tom Kenyon, "When the right cerebral hemisphere is stimulated, as in the use of pure sound or tone, there is often an increase in non-ordinary states of awareness. This occurs because the right hemisphere engages the spatial and intuitive aspects of our intelligence. In these neurological states, our perception of reality (both internal and external) can be very different from our everyday experience. Our senses may become heightened or sensitive, more vivid or refined."
Sound practitioner, Nicki Wong of Forestkind
, agrees that sound healing can be a shortcut into shifting our brainwaves from a beta state as in normal everyday life to alpha states of heightened awareness, sensitivity, relaxation and creativity to theta where you enter a deeply restorative meditative state similar to the REM dream state. In this state profound insights can occur, a deeply meaningful spiritual experience may be felt.
Tom Kenyon goes on to say, "While our Western culture is generally unconcerned with these deep emotional and mental states, numerous anecdotal reports from the lives of great scientists and artists indicate that these states of mind are gateways to our innate genius."