Buddhist monks have long used singing bowls in their meditation practice. In addition, some wellness practitioners (including Reiki Practitioners, Vibrational Sound Therapists, Music Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Yoga Instructors) use singing bowls during treatment sessions. Lay people use singing bowls for many purposes, including stress reduction and pain relief. Some people use the bowls in combination with other healing practices, such as meditations and deep breathing. Many proponents claim that the vibrations of a singing bowl can produce beneficial changes in the body by reducing stress, “harmonizing” the cells, and “balancing” the body’s energy system and “aligning” the chakras. Some also claim that singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce beneficial changes in brain waves.
To create sound with a singing bowl, firmly press the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the bowl’s outside edge or rim. When you hear a bright, clear tone, you can slow down the motion. Use your full arm to make the motion, rather than just rotating your wrist. You can also make the same circular motion against the outside belly of the bowl. Additionally, you can gently strike the bowl before beginning the circular motion.
Although there is little scientific support for the healing effects of Tibetan singing bowls their continued use through the ages attests to their efficacy. Many studies do show that lessening your stress may help boost your overall well-being and integrating the use of singing bowls can help enhance the relaxing effects of many stress management techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and guided imagery. So please stop by The Secret Door to connect with one of our array of singing bowls in person or head over to www.thesecretdoormh.com to order one of our specially curated bowls