At Mountainside, we believe in helping our clients heal mind, body, spirit. To that end, we combine traditional therapies with evidence-based, holistic treatments. In this new “Holistic Healing” column, we will highlight the many effective alternative modalities we use to care for our clients.
Incorporating meditation into your daily routine has countless benefits, from improved concentration to lower stress levels. But for some, meditation can be intimidating or uncomfortable. Because most of us are not accustomed to sitting in silence, it can be difficult to sit still and find our inner peace. That is where Himalayan singing bowl meditation can help.
This practice, which has been around for thousands of years, consists of using Himalayan singing bowls to create soothing, powerful sounds that are able to evoke a deep sense of relaxation in those that are listening to them. In what is commonly called a sound bath, the warm, harmonic tones of the bowls reverberate through the room and through the participants, leading to a feeling of deep calm.
As a supplement to yoga classes, Himalayan singing bowl meditation has been reported almost universally to create a deep, relaxing effect experience. This can lead to an “opening and softening” within participants, leading them deeper into a meditative state. There is measurable stress reduction in participants beyond how they feel spiritually. Many report being able to sleep better, and some even experience lower heart rate and blood pressure.
While everyone could benefit from some relaxation, Himalayan singing bowl meditation can be especially helpful for those in addiction treatment, as it helps them unwind and settle in. Stress can often be a trigger for those in recovery, causing them to seek drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Because of this, it is important to find simple ways to reduce and manage stress. For those that are in active recovery, Himalayan singing bowl meditation can serve as a stress-reduction technique and can help them stay grounded when they are feeling overwhelmed.
The best part is that Himalayan singing bowl meditation is incredibly simple. It can be practiced by laying down or sitting — whichever is most comfortable — and it requires absolutely no effort or experience. All it requires is an open mind and a willingness to participate. Sessions can last anywhere from 60-90 minutes and be in groups of 6-36 people, meaning that participants are able to customize their experience.
Himalayan Singing Bowls can help to bring peace and harmony to those that partake in this ancient and beautiful art.
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