The Healing Power of Sound
Tibetan Singing Bowls
Long ago the Ayurvedic sage, Charuk, stated that vibration and massage could come together to affect the treatment of many illnesses. He called this synergy “samvahan,” a Sanskrit word describing what the vibrations of the bowls can do. Samvahan means “re-awakening of tissue.” And indeed that is what the eerily beautiful tones and overtones of the bowls do: they bring new life to stagnated parts, and they re-awaken the healing powers within the body. The deep relaxation response defies description; it must be experienced!
How can the sound-vibrations of a singing bowl do all that? Even heal the body?
The human body can be compared to an orchestra, where each organ, tissue, and cell is like a different instrument. Just like in an orchestra, the individual parts all have different tones, overtones and unique attributes that have to be tuned in order to play harmoniously together. The singing bowl therapist works like a music conductor.
Our nervous system is sensitive to all sounds. Loud and dissonant sounds can hurt or even kill us, while the beautiful, rhythmic sounds of the singing bowls have a profoundly healing effect on the nervous system, which is in continuous communication with every cell in the body.
The combination between the sound of the bowl perceived through the ear, and the vibrations of the bowl through the flesh of the body, has a healing effect on body, mind, and soul.
The external vibrations of the tapped bowl cause the cells to resonate. From here the sound waves spread everywhere, since the body consists of more than 70% water; and water is a great conductor of sound and vibration. The sound waves (like the waves from a stone thrown into a pond) spread in concentric rings into larger and larger circles through the blood, flesh, organs, and bones, relaxing them and at the same time harmonizing and energizing them.
In this way the more than 100 trillion cells, the building blocks of the human body, are receiving a gentle cleansing massage. Think of it as being similar to what happens when you put jewelry or dentures into a supersonic bath. In a short while all the dirt comes loose. The sound vibrations of special singing bowls, designed for healing, release energy blockages from the body, mind, and spirit.
These special vibrations are soothing enough to calm the nerves, yet penetrating enough to reach the marrow of the bones!
Sound massage is a powerful adjuvant therapy for almost any illness, due to its relaxing effect. Many clients feel relief from pain and tension the first time they receive a treatment, for others it takes a few more sessions before they perceive a profound change.
The origins of singing bowls are shrouded in mystery. They were first developed during the Bronze Age, about 5000 years ago and used as storage vessels for food. According to Tibetan lore the bowls confer trace minerals and energy to the food that is stored in them.
The secret of the beautiful sounds of the bowls is not just in the specific ratio of metals in the alloy, but also in the manufacturing process of the bowls.
To produce such a bowl takes and average of 20-45 hours (depending on size). The metal is heated at least twenty times and 3 to 5 men pound on it rhythmically until the pizza shaped metal is poured from the smelting oven has taken on the typical Tibetan bowl shape.
Each bowl is unique and has a different sound, several tones and overtones. After careful selection only about 60% are suitable for Sound Massage. All others are shipped to gift stores in Katmandu and bazaars around the world or are sold through internet sites.
When purchasing Tibetan Singing Bowls for healing purposes, be sure that you are purchasing from a reliable source who have tested the quality in order that you and your clients truly experience the healing power of Sound Massage.