You didn’t think I was talking about football did you? I went to a sound healing workshop today put on by one of my favourite yoga instructors, Daniel Shaw, and his partner Julie Peters. There were several large singing bowls set up in the middle of the room and I feel like it’s appropriate to say I attended my first super bowl party. No? The singing bowls were used along with drums, vocal harmonics, spoken poetry, and quantum touch to spread healing vibrations through each of us as we were guided through a blissful two hour restorative practice.
Vibrational sounds help reduce stress, alter consciousness, and create a deep sense of peace. Sound healing works by creating rhythmic patterns of vibrational sound at specific frequencies. These frequencies impact the sympathetic nervous system as brain waves synchronize to the vibrations made from the bowls. The harmonic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory and heart rates. We all know that words, music, and chants are powerfully linked to emotional content. Everyone has a song that can put a smile on their face or send them into tears. It’s the unique vibrations from these words or songs that cause us to have an emotional experience. Vibrations have the incredible ability to touch every cell in our body at once. This can be over whelming, but also very beneficial due to the importance of touch. Along with vitamin D, I think many North Americans are short on touch, but I’ll save that topic for another day.
When a drum was being struck directly over my head, I could feel the vibrations travel all the way to my toes. It wasn’t load or annoying like it might sound, it actually felt balancing and energizing. You may be a sound healing believer, or you may think this is hocus pocus. Either way, I really enjoyed my super bowl party and I would recommend trying out sound healing if you ever get the chance. In the mean time, give someone a head rub or sing them a song. It’s all about the good vibrations.
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