Many people are not familiar with Tibetan singing bowls. You might have seen them or heard them in a meditation or yoga class. But, that’s usually the extent of most people’s knowledge when it comes to these wonderful healing tools. Sound therapy has been used for thousands of years for a variety of different reasons. It is believed that the almost-ethereal sounds of a Tibetan singing bowl can not only promote relaxation, but can also promote healing for many different ailments.
Let’s take a look at some of the amazing benefits you can expect from using a singing bowl for even a few minutes every day. I will also give you some useful tips for using yours the right way, to maximize the benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls?
The healing sounds of a Tibetan singing bowl can help with many different conditions. When used correctly, singing bowls are wonderful for your physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Some of the biggest benefits you can experience when using one include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Pain relief
- Improved circulation
- Boosted immune system
Along with these powerful health benefits, singing bowls are known to improve mental clarity. That’s why they are often used in tandem with yoga classes, or even with meditation.
So, why does a singing bowl work in the first place? The answer is based off of Eastern medicinal practices. Eastern medicine is much different from what is typically practiced in Western culture. It is based off the idea that ailments occur when the body is in disharmony with itself – when there is an imbalance somewhere.
It is believed that the energy caused by vibrations in the bowl can switch your brainwave frequencies. This can help to improve the clarity of your mind, and put you in a more peaceful state. As a result, it engages the nervous system and helps to reduce feelings of stress and/or pain. This energy also helps to realign your body and put you in a state of mind that focuses on things like lasting healing power. Tibetan singing bowls are not just used to reduce physical ailments. They are also a great way to restore balance to the mind, body, and soul.
The good news? You don’t have to wait until you are experiencing some type of ailment or condition before you start using a Tibetan singing bowl. You will actually gain more benefit from using it every single day. I use my singing bowl every morning to help me relax, clear my mind and prepare myself for the day ahead.
How to Use a Singing Bowl
To start using a singing bowl, you first need to find the right bowl for you! This might seem silly – all singing bowls are the same, right? Actually, no. They come in many different sizes and many give off a different tone. So, it can be beneficial to do a bit of research first before buying one for yourself. The best thing is to actually try out a few to find the one that brings your mind to a state of delight. Different sounds resonate in different ways with people. Find a bowl that creates a sound that resonates with you the most.
Once you have found the perfect bowl for you, knowing how to use it properly will help you to unlock the incredible healing benefits.
Singing bowls make their signature sound when you strike the metal. That creates movement within the metal, allowing thousands of vibrations to be released through the rim. One of the best ways to achieve this sound is by striking the bowl with some type of wooden ‘striker.’ Wood wrapped in leather at one end is the best choice for beginners when it comes to the type of striking stick you should use. You should hold the ‘striker’ in the same way you would a pen.
With the bowl resting on the fingers of your less dominant hand, don’t let your thumb touch the bowl. I like to gently strike the bowl on the north, south, east and west sides. Then keeping the leather of the striker pressed against the side of the bowl at around a 45 degrees angle, go around the edge of the Tibetan bowl about four or five times in a clockwise direction until your bowl starts to ‘sing’. You can also move the stick in different angles to change the tones. Moving the striker faster or slower will also create different sounds. So can adding more or less pressure, or getting closer to the rim. One of the most important things to remember in order to get a smooth, clean sound is to always keep the stick in contact with the bowl. If it isn’t, it can create some scratching or screeching sounds.
Once you are able to apply enough pressure with the ‘striker’ for consistent sound, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can do next. There is no ‘perfect’ way to operate a singing bowl. Some people prefer to hold them in their hand as they play. Others prefer to lay them on a carpeted floor. It is all about finding the sound and vibrations that resonate most with you. So, once you have gotten the basics down, you can experiment with your bowl.
What Else Can a Singing Bowl Be Used For?
If you want to use your singing bowl every day, don’t feel like it can only be beneficial to health problems. There are many different uses for this ancient technique and healing practice. In general, it will make you feel better. But, you can also use it as a ceremonial object, for musical purposes, and more.
Because of the relaxation properties of singing bowls, it can even be used to soothe small children and babies. Tibetan singing bowls are also a wonderful way to promote stillness, happiness and well being. They can also be used to stimulate the immune system. There is truly no limit to what a singing bowl can do, and you are bound to find many other benefits of your own that are not listed in this article. That is the beauty of this type of healing: It is such an individual experience for everyone.
If you have never heard of Tibetan singing bowls before, let this article be an inspiration to get started. If you have seen them before, but have never tried using one for yourself, it’s never too late to pick one up and get started. You may just be surprised at how effective they are, and how much better they can make you feel when you start to use one every day. We live in a stressful, hectic world. Instead of focusing so much on over medicating ourselves, why not choose a healing technique that has been around for thousands of years?
Do you use a Tibetan singing bowl? Please comment below if you have and what benefits do you get from using one.