The Benefits of Sound Meditation

The Benefits of Sound Meditation

Have you ever experienced those delightful goosebumps when your favorite music begins to play? Or that profound sense of calm that washes over you as Brian Eno’s heavenly melodies fill the air? These moments offer a mere glimpse into the remarkable impact sound can have on our bodies, minds, and souls—an experience that transcends mere musical pleasure.

How Does Sound Meditation Work?

So, how does sound meditation actually work? Sound healing meditation is a form of mindfulness meditation that utilizes the power of sound to anchor our attention. It encompasses a wide array of sounds, but popular choices include singing bowls, gongs, and chanting. These ancient sound healing instruments have stood the test of time, supporting healing and meditation practices for centuries. Whether experienced in a group setting, often referred to as a “sound bath,” or practiced individually, sound meditation helps ground us in the present moment and liberate us from the distractions that burden us.

Tibetan Singing Bowls:

Among the various instruments used in sound meditation, Tibetan singing bowls hold a special place. Buddhist monks have relied on these bowls during their meditation practices for centuries. By gently striking the bowl with a mallet, a resonant and therapeutic tone is produced. Each singing bowl vibrates at a specific musical note, believed to correspond to the energy centers known as chakras. Some practitioners take it a step further, harmonsing complementary musical notes to create therapeutic symphonies that captivate the mind with each resonating sound.


Gongs, another integral instrument in sound healing, boast a rich history spanning centuries. The deep and immersive tones of gongs offer a profound sonic experience during sound meditation. The vibrations they produce have the power to induce a state of deep relaxation, promoting harmony and releasing energetic blockages. As the resonating sound waves envelop you, they gently guide you into a meditative state, soothing your spirit and calming your mind.

The Advantages:

The advantages of sound meditation are truly remarkable. There are plenty of research papers on this topic, and the findings show that it enhances relaxation, reduces stress, improves sleep quality, and fosters an overall sense of well-being (Jones et al., 2020; Smith & Brown, 2018). In a recent study conducted in 2022, researchers found that utilising sound-based interventions such as music therapy and sound baths led to a reduction in pain intensity and an improvement in the quality of life for individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. Additionally, another study compared the effects of a 30-minute silent meditation to those of a 30-minute sound meditation. Participants who engaged in sound meditation reported experiencing significantly lower levels of stress, tiredness, and negativity compared to those who practiced silent meditation. Moreover, sound meditation deepens focus and provides a profound understanding of the nature of reality. If you’re seeking a powerful tool to relieve tension and promote relaxation, sound meditation is an avenue well worth exploring. The world of mindfulness meditation apps offers several options, and our meditation app Be Now is here to help you out. It provides an extensive collection of music and sound meditations curated to cater to your specific needs.

In conclusion, it’s no surprise that sound bathing has become a beloved practice among yogis and meditators alike. It offers a simple, accessible, and enjoyable way to tap into the therapeutic power of sound. Whether engaging in a quick chant, gently stroking a singing bowl, or immersing oneself in the enchanting resonance of a gong, let the melodious embrace of sound elevate your spirits and bring you a profound sense of peace and tranquility.

Full Moon Sound Bath στο Μετόχι Ιστόρια, Χανιά - 23 Μαΐου

Full Moon Sound Bath at Metochi Istoria, Chania – 23 May – Fundraiser

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to a Sound Bath on the full moon of May, at Metohi Istoria Spyridakis Estate, a historic and enchanting Venetian metohi from the 15th century. On this full moon, we gather with the intention of relaxing and cleansing our energetic bodies, raising our vibration, and practicing Karma Yoga, as all proceeds from the event will go to the non-profit organisation Orizondas, which supports children and adults suffering from cancer. We will be immersed in the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, and other sound healing instruments, led by sound therapist Manolis Zografakis.

The restless mind, with the help of the sound healing instruments, is led to deep relaxation, giving the body the opportunity to enter a state of self-healing. We will have nothing else to do but lie down and let ourselves rest comfortably in the therapeutic frequencies and vibrations of the different sound healing instruments.

Arrival time is 19:10, to give us time to take our seats and get comfortable. The door will close at 19:25 sharp, our journey will begin, and it will end at 21:00.

What to bring with you:

  • A yoga mat
  • Comfortable, warm clothes
  • A blanket and socks in case you get cold
  • A pillow for your head
  • A bottle of water

*Spaces are limited.
**To book a place, contact +30 694 556 2818 (WhatsApp/Viber).
***Pre-payment is required to reserve a seat. Υou will need to transfer your donation to one of the following Orizondas’ bank account or via PayPal.
****Each deposit should have “Sound Bath Event” and your full name as the reason for the deposit in order to correspond with the receipts issued by the Orizondas.
*****If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, the donation is non-refundable.

Location: Metohi Istoria Spyridakis Estate
When: Thursday 23 May, 19:30 – 21:00 (arrival time 19:10)
Donation: from 15 to 25 euros (minimum donation 15 euros)

Donation via bank deposit:
Piraeus Bank: GR36 0172 7580 0057 5802 1280 427
Greek National Bank: GR90 0110 4950 0000 4952 9605 245
Donation via PayPal:
Donation by cash deposit:

“Orizondas” Office
Manousoyannakidon 17, Chania, Chania 73100 (tel. 2821079650)
Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:30 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 20:30
Tuesday and Friday: 8:30 – 15:00

Metohi Istoria
We would like to thank Metohi IstoriaSpyridakis Estate, for the kind concession of their wonderful space. Find more information here >>
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Sound Healing Training seminar in Athens - October 12 & 13 2024

Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls in Athens – Level 1 – 12 & 13 October 2024

Join us for a two-day educational seminar and delve into the realm of sound therapy featuring Tibetan singing bowls. This seminar aims to introduce and enhance your understanding of sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls, exploring their applications in meditation, relaxation, and healing practices.

The seminar welcomes individuals of all educational backgrounds, skill levels, and experiences, making it accessible to everyone regardless of prior knowledge in sound therapy.

Over the course of two days, participants will explore:

  • An overview of Tibetan singing bowls, including their history, theory, and practical applications.
  • Evidence-based insights into the benefits of Tibetan singing bowls.
  • Various therapeutic methodologies derived from Tibetan and Vedic traditions.
  • Techniques for working with Tibetan singing bowls and aligning with energy centers (chakras).
  • Hands-on guidance on playing Tibetan singing bowls effectively.
  • Practical exercises and guidelines for administering sound therapy for personal or professional use.
  • Strategies for advancing skills in sound therapy practice.

This seminar is ideal for:

  • Holistic and alternative therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Yoga and meditation instructors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Mental health counselors
  • Professionals seeking to integrate Tibetan singing bowls into their therapeutic repertoire or individuals interested in self-healing through sound therapy.

The seminar will be led by Manolis Zografakis – certified sound therapist and member of the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM).

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Date: October 12 & 13, 2024, 10:00 – 17:30
Location: Healing Circle Yoga Studio, Timandras 14 & Anakreodos (corner), Zografou 15771
Cost: €220 (early bird until 30 May) / €250 after 30 May.

*Deposit required to reserve your spot.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the healing power of sound therapy with Tibetan singing bowls. Contact Manolis at +306945562818 (WhatsApp) for more information and to reserve your spot.

Floating Sound Bath at Healing Circle Yoga - Athens - 31 March

Floating Sound Bath at Healing Circle Yoga – Athens – 31 March

On Sunday, March 31st, we warmly invite you to Healing Circle Yoga Studio for another special sound therapy experience, featuring the enchanting magic of the hammock!

Manolis will guide us on a transformative journey using the serene tones of Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, resonant gongs, and other melodic instruments. Nestled comfortably within the secure embrace of the hammock, we’ll surrender to the immersive soundscape, allowing them to gently wash away tension and restore harmony to our bodies, minds, and spirits.

The hammock serves as a sanctuary, relieving the musculoskeletal system of gravity’s burden. Combined with the therapeutic vibrations of the instruments, it creates an oasis of tranquility where relaxation flourishes and balance is effortlessly restored. As we bask in the soothing melodies, we’ll effortlessly drift into a meditative state, feeling the vital energy flow freely throughout our beings.

This session is designed for everyone, regardless of prior experience. Whether you’re seeking solace from anxiety, relief from insomnia, or simply a rejuvenating escape from the stresses of daily life, this sound therapy experience offers a pathway to profound serenity and renewal.

The session will be led by Manolis Zografakis, accredited sound therapist.

Healing Circle Yoga Studio
14 Timandra & Anacreontos (corner)
Zografou 15771

Date and Time:
Sunday, March 31st
19:30 – 21:00

€25 per person for the first 12 positions in the hammock
€20 per person outside the hammock (excluding VAT)

*Limited seats available; early booking with prepayment is recommended.
*To reserve your spot or for further inquiries, please contact us at 6973374907.

Please Note:
If you have any serious medical conditions (such as thrombosis, serious vascular disease, heart conditions, pacemaker, brain damage, epilepsy, etc.), it is essential to obtain written permission from your doctor before attending a live sound bath. Kindly inform Manolis at of any such conditions beforehand.

New Moon Sound Meditation at Yoga Class Chania

New Moon Sound Meditation at Yoga Class Chania – 13 October – Fundraiser

On Friday, October 13th, we will gather once again for a sound meditation with a noble purpose. All proceeds from this event will support Kyttaro Chalepas in their efforts to aid a two-room school in Agia Triada Karditsa, a village that has been impacted by recent natural disasters. The funds will be used to equip the computer lab and update its equipment. (You can find more information in this announcement).

During the new moon in October, we will engage in meditation, harnessing the energy of the new moon along with the healing frequencies and vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls and gongs. Anchored by the power of sound, we will have the opportunity to connect with our true selves and allow our minds and bodies to enter a state of self-healing.

Information about the Tibetan singing bowl:

Research suggests that the calming sounds of Tibetan singing bowls can have a profound impact on the neurology and psychology of the listener. During a sound meditation with these bowls, brainwave frequencies are influenced, facilitating entry into the Theta state. This is the state associated with deep relaxation, acting as a gateway to creativity, learning, memory, and intuition. In the Theta state, our senses turn inward, withdrawing from the external world.

*The sound meditation will be conducted by Manolis Zografakis.

Where? Yoga Class Chania, 32 Malinou Street, Chania 731 00.
When? Friday, October 13th, from 20:30 to 21:30 (please arrive by 20:15)
Duration: 1 hour
Suggested donation: 5 to 15 euros—give what feels right to you; all proceeds will support the cause.
Reservation of a spot: Send a message to 697 394 8585 via Viber or WhatsApp.

*Please note that this event is a sound meditation, not a Sound Bath, so ideally, we’ll be seated consciously.
**Pre-booking/pre-payment is required.

How to Choose A Tibetan Singing Bowl: Your Complete Guide

Tibetan singing bowls also known as Himalayan singing bowls, have a long and mysterious history, dating back to the 4th or 5th century BC during the time of Gautama Buddha. However, despite my extensive research, conversations with experts, and reading numerous books and articles, there is no written historical record that sheds light on their origins or their exact use. Nevertheless, I will share the information I have gathered from various sources and books.

Origins and Use

It is believed that the bowls were introduced to Tibet from India when Buddhism took root in the 8th-9th century AD under the guidance of the teacher Padmasambhava. While some suggest they were used for meditation, others claim they were originally used as eating utensils. There are also theories that they have shamanic origins in the Bon tradition that predates Buddhism in Tibet. This lack of definitive historical evidence has led to ambiguity, and when questioned about the use of singing bowls in Buddhism, many monks either avoid answering or deny any connection.

The method of creation

Regarding their creation, the method of making Tibetan singing bowls has been passed down from generation to generation in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Each caste has its own unique techniques, and today, some craftsmen in Kathmandu continue to use these ancient methods to create bowls.

Tibetan singing bowls are believed to possess therapeutic properties, and their construction is rooted in the materials used and the process itself. Traditionally, these bowls were made of an alloy consisting of seven metals: gold, silver, iron, mercury, tin, copper, and lead. Each metal carries symbolic significance. During the crafting process, it would typically require 3 to 4 craftsmen who would chant and recite mantras, infusing the bowl with blessings and positive energy. One person would hold the hot metal with iron tongs, while the others took turns hammering and chanting, imbuing the bowl with healing intentions. The Shakyamuni tribe in Nepal still adheres to these traditional methods, and special “Full Moon bowls” are created by each producer on the day of the full moon.

The most used sound healing instruments in Sound Baths and Sound Healing Sessions

Here is a full Moon singing bowl

Composition and Size

Tibetan singing bowls vary in size, with the average size ranging from 6cm to 50cm. However, they can also be larger or smaller depending on their intended use.

The unique combination of metals in each Tibetan singing bowl is believed to correspond to the seven heavenly bodies, seven chakras, and seven musical notes. The bowls are specifically tuned to a particular note and chakra, often producing multiple tones. The sound of each bowl arises from the individual sounds produced by the metals and their harmonics, which come together to create a harmonious whole. It’s important to note that not all bowls contain all seven metals. For example, Tibetan bowls are said to have more silver and tin, while Nepalese bowls have a distinctive gold color.

Are Traditional Methods Still Used?

As for whether traditional methods are still used in producing Tibetan singing bowls today, it’s difficult to say. The increasing demand for these bowls has led to a surge in production, and while some craftsmen in Nepal and India, like the Sakyamuni tribe I mentioned earlier, continue to create singing bowls using traditional methods passed down through generations, many craftsmen have resorted to modern techniques to meet the growing demand. Additionally, with the popularity of singing bowls worldwide, there may be manufacturers outside the traditional regions who employ their own methods to create these instruments.

Based on my conversations with experts and my own experiences, it’s worth noting that modern bowls may not necessarily contain all seven metals. I recall an incident in 2019 when I met a Japanese friend who had been living in Kathmandu for decades and was exporting Tibetan singing bowls and tingsha to Japan. He collaborated with manufacturers in Bhaktapur, Nepal and received a large order of singing bowls for a yoga studio chain in Japan. However, a few weeks after the delivery, his clients from the yoga chain informed him that they had analyzed the composition of the bowls in a lab and found that they were made of only 2 or 3 metals instead of the claimed 7. This made me question the composition of the singing bowls available on the market. During a conversation with Ethnomusicologist and Tibetan Antique expert Rain Gray, he confirmed that modern singing bowls may not necessarily contain all the traditional metals. However, there are exceptions, such as the Peter Hess bowls and the Acama singing bowls, which claim to incorporate more than seven metals.

Steps for Purchasing Your First Singing Bowl

Now, let’s discuss the process of purchasing your first singing bowl. I remember the day I bought my first singing bowl as if it were yesterday. It was in 2015 when I lived in Berlin, and there was a shop just 2 kilometers away from my home that sold instruments from all over the world. I knew that the Tibetan singing bowls in that shop were quite expensive, so I saved some money for that special occasion. I visited the shop several times, spending hours listening to dozens of bowls before making a decision. Each time, I would immerse myself in the experience, listening and feeling each bowl to find the one that resonated with me.

After thorough exploration, I finally found a bowl that spoke to my heart. The moment I struck it, a smile appeared on my face. I struck it several times, and the excitement never faded. It was a 21 cm singing bowl in the key of F, which according to the Vedic chakra system is associated with the heart chakra, where I felt the most profound effects on my body. I believe I paid close to 200 euros for that bowl. From that point on, I began building my singing bowl collection around that special bowl. Whenever I had some extra money, I would visit the shop and spend hours listening to different bowls, hoping to find one that harmonized perfectly with the one I already had. This process became a ritual for me, reminiscent of my days as a DJ, spending hours at the local record shop, listening to hundreds of vinyl records before choosing a few.

Buying a Tibetan singing bowl is truly an experience in itself, and I highly recommend visiting a physical shop where you can listen to and feel the bowls firsthand. It allows you to connect with the energy and vibration of each bowl, discovering where and how it resonates within your body.

Here are some important factors to consider when purchasing a Tibetan singing bowl:

  1. Determine your purpose:

    Ask yourself why you want to buy a Tibetan singing bowl. Is it for sound meditation, sound healing, or simply for decoration? Understanding your purpose will guide you in choosing the right size, shape, and quality of the bowl.

  2. Do your research:

    Take some time to learn about the basics of Tibetan singing bowls, including their history, different types, materials used, and their unique characteristics. Check if there are any local shops that sell singing bowls, or if you’re planning a trip abroad, research if there are any shops offering these instruments.

  3. Size matters:

    Tibetan singing bowls come in various sizes. Smaller bowls produce higher-pitched sounds, while larger bowls produce deeper sounds. Choose a size that resonates with you and aligns with your purpose. For example, if you plan to use the bowl for on-body massage, opt for a medium-sized bowl (20 cm or more).

  4. Material composition:

    As mentioned earlier, Tibetan singing bowls are made of different metals, each with its own sound and energy. While sellers often claim that their bowls contain all seven metals, it’s challenging to verify without laboratory analysis. The best approach is to listen to the sound and compare different bowls. Brands like Peter Hess and Acama are known to incorporate more metals than ordinary Tibetan singing bowls in the market. If you come across these brands, compare their sound with other bowls to make an informed choice.

  5. Handmade versus machine-made:

    If you seek a singing bowl with a rich sound, it’s essential to ensure it is handmade rather than machine-made. Machine-made bowls often produce a simplistic bell sound and are commonly used in sound healing. Handmade bowls can be identified by their uneven shape and the visible hammer marks. Machine-made bowls, on the other hand, have a perfect shape and may be decorated with symbols and mantras.

  6. Shape:

    Tibetan singing bowls come in various shapes, such as round, flat, and conical. Each shape produces a different type of sound. Choose a shape that resonates with you and aligns with your purpose.

  7. Test the sound:

    Before making a purchase, try out the singing bowl to ensure you like its sound. Experiment with different mallets to explore the variety of tones the bowl can produce. Using a wooden or leather-headed mallet will bring out higher-pitched sounds, while a soft-headed mallet will produce deeper tones. You can also try running the mallet around the rim of the bowl to create a sustained sound. Pay attention to the richness of harmonics, the duration of the sound’s sustain, and ultimately choose a bowl that you enjoy listening to.

  8. Trust your intuition:

    Trust your intuition when selecting a Tibetan singing bowl. Choose a bowl that resonates with you on a personal level and evokes a connection within. Shortlist your favorite options and compare them with each other, allowing your heart to guide you in making the final decision.

  9. Care and maintenance:

    Once you’ve purchased your Tibetan singing bowl, it’s important to take proper care of it. Keep it clean and dry, and store it in a safe place when not in use. Consider using a special cushion or mat to prevent the bowl from sliding or scratching surfaces.

  10. Explore different mallets:

    I recommend purchasing at least two different types of mallets, as they can produce different tones and effects. Having a wooden mallet with a leather head will bring out higher tones, while a soft-headed mallet will produce deeper sounds.

Where to Buy Singing Bowls Online

If you can’t find a physical shop nearby, there are plenty of online stores that sell sound healing instruments, including Tibetan singing bowls. One well-known online shop is Thomann, which offers a wide range of instruments, including singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and crystal singing bowls. Marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy also have sellers offering Tibetan singing bowls.

Lastly, there are different types of singing bowls available in the market, but the most common ones are the Jambati and the Thadobati bowls. Jambati bowls have visible hammer marks and classical etching lines, while Thadobati bowls have relatively vertical sides and a flat bottom. Thadobati bowls are deeper and thicker than Jambati bowls and are known for producing tones across four octaves.

In conclusion, by following these steps and considering the factors mentioned, you can choose a Tibetan singing bowl that suits your needs and resonates with your spirit. Remember, each bowl is unique, and the sound and energy it produces can have a profound impact on your well-being. Enjoy the process of finding your perfect singing bowl and let its enchanting vibrations enhance your meditation practice and bring harmony into your life.

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How to Meditate with Sound: Step by step guide
How to Meditate with Sound: Step by step guide

How to Meditate with Sound: Step by Step Guide

You may have heard of sound meditation before, but you might still be wondering exactly how to do it. Sound meditation is a simple and effective way to relax and soothe your mind and body by focusing on sound. It’s a great alternative (or addition) to traditional meditation, especially if you find it hard to concentrate on your breath. Essentially, you just need to listen to a sound, and let it take you into a state of deep relaxation. During a sound bath or a gong bath, if you consciously pay attention to the sounds produced by the sound therapist, then that act is sound meditation.

Meditation can seem daunting, and that’s where sound meditation comes in. By using sound as the focus point, it can help you overcome the difficulty you face in traditional meditation when focusing on your breath.

So how do you do it? Whether you’re an experienced meditator or new to the practice, below I’ve listed some simple steps and tips for using sound to calm your mind and soothe your body.

1. Find a comfortable spot:

First, you’ll want to find a quiet and comfortable spot where you can sit or lie down for some time without being disturbed. If you can’t find such a place in your house, you can try your luck in a nearby park or in nature.

2. Set a time limit:

If you’re new to meditation, you may want to start slowly so that you don’t get discouraged. Start with five or 10 minutes, and you can extend the time as you become more familiar with the process. Trust me, in the future you will get used to this state, you will want to stay in meditation for a longer period.

3. Pick a sound healing instrument to meditate on:

If you have a sound healing instrument such as a Tibetan singing bowl or a gong, then you can just use that to meditate on its sound. Just focus on the sound and the different layers and harmonics without judging or labelling. If you don’t have any instruments, don’t worry. You can easily find plenty of sound healing videos on YouTube with Τibetan healing sounds from Tibetan singing bowls and gongs, crystal singing bowls, chimes and other instruments and meditate on those sounds (check out this list of sound healing instrument). You can even experiment with calming sounds of nature like the sound of light rain, river, waves, etc. Another common sound to meditate on is the OM mantra chanting and other mantras. You will find plenty of sound healing videos to meditate on, on my personal channel (I try uploading new videos every now and then). Once you’ve found your ideal sound, just relax and let the sound do its work.

Tip: Be sure to wear headphones so that you can dive deeper into the experience.

4. Set an intention:

Before you begin your sound meditation, take a moment to set an intention for your practice. This could be anything from an intention “to relax and let go of stress,” “calm my mind,” or “to connect with my inner peace.

5. Get into a comfortable position:

You can either sit in a chair with your feet grounded on the floor, or sit cross-legged, whatever feels comfortable for you. You will want to have your back straight so that you stay alert and be able follow your breath. If siting on a chair or cross-legged is not an option then you could simply lie down. It’s essential to feel comfortable. Just make sure not to fall asleep.

6. Start the sound:

Begin to strike the bowl every 15 seconds. Let the sound dissipates and then strike it again gently. While listening to the sound, focus on every layer and harmonics and allow yourself to tune into the vibrations. Observe patiently. Become one with the sound. Whenever your mind wanders gently bring it back to the sound and the body sensations. If you listen to a recording, then just bring your attention to every sound you hear. That’s the only thing you have to do, listen and observe.

7. Focus on your breath:

While listening to the sound, you can take slow, deep breaths in and out from the nose, and focus on the sensation of your breath. A great visualization that I always use is imagining I inhale white light from the top of my head while I exhale stress, negativity, and toxic thoughts from my feet. Let the sound together with the help of the white light carry the stress and worries out from the feet.

8. Notice when your mind wanders:

Your attention will likely drift away from your breath from time to time, and that’s okay. That’s natural. When you notice that happening, gently bring your attention back to your breath or to the sound without getting discouraged.

9. Be kind to yourself:

The most important tip I could give you is to not be too hard on yourself when your mind wanders. Instead, gently bring your focus back to your breath and try again. Even the most experienced meditators have thoughts coming and going during meditation. That’s the nature of the mind. So, just acknowledge that there are thoughts coming and going and keep returning your attention to the sound.

When you’re done, take a moment to notice your surroundings, your body, and your emotions. Allow yourself to be kind and accepting of whatever you experienced during your meditation.

Some extra, useful tips:

Experiment with different instruments and sounds to find what resonates with you the most.

Try to meditate at the same time and in the same place each day to create a habit.

Be patient with yourself and don’t expect to see immediate results. It takes time and practice to build up your focus and relaxation skills.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a Tibetan singing bowl, why not invite a friend to join you in meditation? Not only will you have a supportive companion to help you stay accountable to your practice, but you’ll also share the benefits of this powerful healing tool. Meditating with others can help deepen your experience and build a stronger connection with the sound and others.

Gong bath in Heraklion, Crete

Gong Bath Therapy: Everything You Need To Know

If you’re looking for a way to de-stress and relax, then, a gong bath might just be the solution for you. Gong bath therapy is a type of sound healing that uses gongs to induce deep meditative states for relaxation and stress relief. In recent years, gong baths have become increasingly popular as stress levels continue to rise. In this blog post, we’ll explore what gong baths are, how they work, and who can benefit from them.

What is a Gong?

A gong is a round disk made of copper and tin, and when struck with a mallet, it produces a big, resonant sound that is truly out of this world. Gongs have been used for a variety of purposes throughout history, including meditation, ceremonies, spiritual growth, and even funerals. Different gongs come in varying sizes and styles, each with its unique sound.

The History of Gongs

Gongs have been around since the 6th century CE, originating in Tibet and spreading to countries such as China, Vietnam, Burma, and Indonesia. These areas were known for producing some of the finest gongs in the ancient world. The process of making a gong was no easy feat, as it required exceptional skill and craftsmanship. In ancient China, only certain privileged families were able to make gongs, and the best ones were made of bronze. The process is quite fascinating and consisted of five stages: pouring, hammering, smoothing, tuning, and polishing. All these stages were crucial in ensuring the gong had a rich, resonant sound.

What is a Gong Bath?

A gong bath is a form of sound bath meditation where participants lie down or sit comfortably while being surrounded by the vibrations and sounds of gongs, crystal bowls, chimes, and other musical instruments. The goal is to promote relaxation, stress relief, and healing through the power of sound. Gong baths originated as spiritual and religious rituals, but they have now become a popular form of group therapy and one-on-one sound healing sessions. These sessions are often held in yoga studios or retreat centers and can be experienced in person, online, or by listening to a pre-recorded gong bath on YouTube. Gong baths provide an opportunity to escape the distractions of everyday life and connect with one’s inner self through the power of sound.

Sound bath in Chania, Crete

Group gong bath in a historical medieval building in Chania, Crete

How Does Gong Healing Work?

During a gong bath, participants sit or recline close to the gong and other sound healing instruments played by the therapist. The sound waves generated by the gongs and other instruments interact with the body, causing physical and mental relaxation and helping to restore balance and harmony in the mind, body, and spirit. Studies have shown that the frequencies produced by the gong can slow down the mind and bring it into a deeper, slower state of vibration. This can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, and promote overall wellbeing.

How long does a gong bath lasts?

Gong baths usually last between 30 and 90 minutes.

Who can attend a gong bath?

Anyone looking for a way to relax or de-stress could benefit from a gong bath. It’s also great if you’re feeling anxious about something specific like work problems or relationship issues. The sound practitioner will ask you to have an intention for the session which you will be able to keep throughout the session. You don’t need any prior knowledge experience to attend a gong bath. All you need is a willingness to try it out and see how sound healing can help you.

Is a Gong Bath Safe for Everyone?

Gong baths are generally safe for most people, but if you have a pre-existing medical condition, it’s always best to check with your doctor before participating. Some people may be sensitive to loud sounds and may find gong baths to be uncomfortable.

What should I wear to a gong bath?

Some people prefer to wear loose-fitting clothing or yoga attire, while others prefer to wear something more cozy and warm. My suggestion is to wear your most comfy clothes so that you can relax easily.

How should I prepare myself for a gong bath?

Before and after a gong bath, it is important to drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins that may be released during the experience and to enhance your body’s ability to absorb the sound waves. I usually advise participants to have a clear intention for the session, whether it be to heal from a specific trauma, release a feeling, or simply relax and de-stress. I also suggest avoiding coffee and alcohol on the day of the gong bath and to not consume large meals before the session, allowing at least 2 hours for digestion. Arriving a few minutes early will give you time to get comfortable and find a suitable spot to lie down or sit.

Are there any precautions I should take before or after a gong bath?

After the bath, I always advice the participants to take it easy for the rest of the day and avoid strenuous activities or loud environments. The sound works as a medicine for our ‘system’, so if you give it space it will work for several hour or even days.

What are the benefits of a gong bath?

According to various studies, the following are the benefits of a gong bath:

  1. Stress reduction: Gong baths have been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and promote relaxation.
  2. Improved sleep: Participants in gong bath studies have reported improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms of insomnia.
  3. Increased mindfulness: Gong baths can help to increase mindfulness and promote a meditative state, leading to improved overall well-being.
  4. Reduced anxiety: Participants in gong bath studies have reported reduced symptoms of anxiety, including decreased levels of worry and nervousness.
  5. Improved mood: Gong baths have been associated with improved mood and decreased symptoms of depression.
  6. Pain relief: Gong baths have been shown to reduce pain and improve overall well-being in patients with chronic pain conditions.
  7. Improved immune function: Gong baths have been associated with improved immune function, including increased production of cytokines and natural killer cells.

Overall, gong baths offer a holistic approach to promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being.

How Often Can You Participate in a Gong Bath?

There’s no set rule for how often you can participate in a gong bath, but most people find that once a week or once a month is a good frequency. The length of a gong bath typically ranges from 30 to 90 minutes.

In conclusion, gong baths are a unique and effective way to promote relaxation, stress relief, and healing. Whether you’re looking to try something new or just want to unwind, a gong bath is definitely worth a try. So why not give it a go and see how it can benefit you!

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How Are Gongs Made?

Gongs are handcrafted instruments that are typically made from hammered metal, such as bronze, brass, or copper-based alloys. It’s amazing how each gong has its own distinct sound and produces its own set of overtones and sound tones. The larger the gong, the more multilayered and rich the sound is.

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Gong making

Popular Gong Makers

Here are some of the most recognized gong makers from around the world:

  • Paiste
  • Oetken Gongs
  • Meinl Gongs
  • Tone of Life
  • SONA Sounds
  • Grotta Sonora
  • Sabian
  • Gongland
  • UFIP
  • WOM Gongs
  • Wuhan Haiping
  • Universe Gong
  • Arborea Cymbals and Gongs
Sound bath in Chania, Crete
Group gong bath in a historical medieval building in Chania, Crete

Sound Bath: Everything you need to know

In the last couple of years, sound baths have gained great popularity. More and more people show interest in sound healing, and a sound bath can be a great entry point. A sound bath or gong bath, is an excellent way of accessing the benefits of sound waves as therapy for mental, physical and emotions issues you want to work on. It does not require any prior experience, or that you adhere to a set of beliefs. It does not require you to “have faith” or to “believe in” its power to heal. Sound waves are used in conventional medicine in the form of ultrasound and sound vibrations are directed at kidney stones as a non-surgical way of breaking them down.

So what is a Sound Bath?

A sound bath is a sound healing session that you most of the times experience in a group setting. Participants lie on a mat and are bathed and totally immersed in the vibrations and frequencies of different sounds. The exposure in those sounds affects your physical, mental, and emotional bodies and has a great many benefits for most people. Have you ever considered how sounds affect you on a daily basis? You may feel irritated by the city noise or the noises in your own home. Household appliances like tumble driers and dishwashers can have a detrimental effect on your concentration levels and general mood, and usually, you only notice this when the sound ceases. On the other hand, how many times do you feel uplifted by your favorite music or by the gentler sounds of calm waves, trickling water or the breeze in the trees? These 2 simple questions will help you realise how important sound can be for our well-being and overall health.

How Do Sound Baths Work?

To put it simply, sound bath meditation is a way of losing yourself in another world for a time. The frequencies of the various sound healing instruments used in sound bath are tuned in such a way as to affect our chakras and bring our minds into a theta state (Theta brain waves occur when we are in a deeply relaxed state). This is the dream like state we arrive just before falling asleep. Our senses are withdrawn from external influences and the outside world and are focused inwards.

The frequencies produced by the sound healing instruments resonate with similar or identical frequencies of our internal organs, restoring their healthy and harmonious vibration. The sound therapist leading the sound bath may use a wide variety of instruments to address different aspects of healing. Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls and Gongs of differing sizes and types are all popular in both group sound baths and one-to-one sound healing sessions. In addition, they may use drumming, tuning forks, chimes, or their own voice, to produce sounds and vibrations that build up over the course of the sound journey. These resonances are capable of entering our physical bodies and also of altering our consciousness or state of mind.

You may already be familiar with the phenomenon of sound waves which are capable of breaking physical substances such as glass or rock. Similarly, the frequencies used in a sound bath, or other form of sound healing, can break up and disperse energy blockages in the human biofield that may be causing dis-ease, pain, or emotional distress.

Potential Benefits of Sound Bath Meditation

Many people report a feeling of lightness and freedom following a sound bath. Some say that their physical tension melts away with the vibrations of the sound-waves. Others report feelings of euphoria, as though their entire being has been “shaken up and reprogrammed.”

Sound bath healing takes many forms, but the common denominator is the deep and total relaxation it brings to both body and mind. Once this state of relaxation has been achieved, the body’s natural healing mechanisms can begin to realign the energy centers also known as chakras and meridians, stimulate the production of neuropeptides and pave the way for new neural pathways within the physical brain.

According to recent studies some conditions believed to benefit from sound therapy include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • lack of self-esteem
  • lack of self-confidence
  • muddled thinking or “brain fog”
  • physical pain arising from tension in the muscles of the body, particularly in the head and neck
  • feelings of isolation or detachment from the world around you

How Do I Prepare For a Sound Bath?

As with any new experience, even a positive one, if you know what to expect beforehand this can help to decrease any anxiety or apprehension you may be feeling. Once you have decided to experience a sound bath you will probably want to familiarise yourself with the venue and the sound therapist if you can. This can usually be done online, and if you have any specific questions, you can usually reach your chosen therapist quite easily this way.

Preparing your mind and body for your sound healing experience is always a good idea.  Therefore, before attending a sound bath, you may set an intention for the session. Be clear in your mind about what you would like the outcome to be and use positive language as you form this intention in your mind. Keep your thoughts and words in the present tense. An example of a clear intention might be something like:

“My body is cleared of negative energies and my cells are all illuminated with a clear, white, healing light”.

You may also try different forms of meditation in the comfort of your own home to find out how easily you can relax. Guided meditations are ideal for this, and can also be found online, along with examples of healing sounds from gongs, singing bowls, chimes, drums, didgeridoos, and other instruments. Just allow yourself to listen to the sounds, see if you can feel any effects from their vibrations, and, if so, where in your body they are most prominent. Here is a short sound bath example.

You can find more videos on my Soundhealing YouTube channel.You could also try a guided chakra healing meditation, complete with tones attuned to each of the seven main chakras.

More tips on how to best prepare for the sound bath:

  • Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day of the session
  • If you can, avoid consuming caffeine and/or alcohol on the day
  • Also, attend the sound bath on an empty stomach or simply avoid consuming large meals on the day and allow at least 2-3 hours of digestion prior to the sound bath
  • Wear your most comfortable and loose clothes so that you feel at ease

How to Experience a Sound Bath Meditation Yourself

Bear in mind that the way a sound bath works is through relaxation, on a very deep level. The more you allow your mind and body to sink into a trance-like state the greater the healing effects will be. It is important that you do not put yourself under pressure though, as you cannot force relaxation. Simply be patient, lie in a comfortable position and ensure that you are neither too cold nor too warm. Comfort is the key, so allow yourself to move if you need to.

A useful technique you may use in order to achieve deep states of relaxation is visualisation. While the sound bath takes place, visualise the frequencies of the sounds entering your body through the crown of your head, travelling down into your chest and along each arm. See the energies of the sounds swirling all around your hips and abdomen and then flowing down each leg to your feet. As you allow this to happen, breathe regularly and comfortably and feel your whole body becoming extremely heavy, warm, and relaxed.

You many repeat this exercise as many times as you wish. As time goes on you may well find that you sink ever more quickly into the beneficial state of relaxation required for the sound bath to work its magic.

Sound Healing Instruments Used in a Sound Bath

Some of the instruments you may encounter in a sound bath healing session include:

  • gongs of different sizes
  • drums
  • singing bowls, both crystal and Tibetan (metal)
  • didgeridoos
  • crystal chimes
  • metal chimes
  • tuning forks
  • harps
  • voice – through singing and chanting

This list is not exhaustive, but it will give you an idea of what to expect.

Remember that a sound bath meditation, facilitated by a qualified and experienced sound healer, will be many times more powerful than anything you do for yourself at home. Expect to be amazed, uplifted, and empowered by your sound healing experience.

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The most used sound healing instruments in Sound Baths and Sound Healing Sessions

20 Sound Healing Instruments for Sound Therapy and Relaxation

Sound Healing practices, observed in various cultures for thousands of years, involve the use of sound in diverse forms to facilitate changes in the body’s state, which in turn promotes healing. It’s amazing to think about how our bodies, these incredible creations, often need just a gentle nudge to start healing themselves. Most doctors and healers believe that true healing comes from within, although they agree that sometimes, a little external help is necessary. Take severe pain, for example – it can be so overwhelming that it stops the mind from relaxing, a crucial state for healing. In these cases, we often turn to medicines and medical procedures for relief.

This is where the beauty of sound healing comes into play. It stands out as a gentle, yet powerful alternative or complement to traditional medical treatments, especially in situations where medication is a must. It’s like offering a soothing hand to the body’s natural healing rhythms.

If you think about it, everything in the universe, including us, is always moving, always vibrating. It’s this constant dance of energy. Our thoughts ripple out as energy, just as our bodies emit electromagnetic waves. And when we speak, sing, or play instruments, we’re actually sending out sound waves, another form of this ever-present energy. These waves interact with our bodies in ways that are sometimes subtle, sometimes profound, but always part of the larger dance of life.

Sound therapy seeks to harmonize our body and mind with the surrounding energies. This idea is similar to familiar expressions like ‘being in tune with…’ or ‘marching to the same beat…’ These phrases intuitively suggest that when our body’s vibrations align with the environment, we experience well-being.

I like to think of the human body as a musical instrument. When we’re in good health, emotionally balanced, and mentally clear, our ‘instrument’ produces a harmonious, melodious sound, indicating we’re ‘in-tune.’ On the other hand, when we’re grappling with negative emotions like anger or sadness, or when we fall ill, our ‘instrument’ becomes discordant, out of tune. This is where the magic of sound healing comes into play. Using various sound healing instruments, this practice assists in re-tuning our ‘instrument’ back to its harmonious, natural state.

Manolis Zografakis - Sound bath at the Syntopia hotel in Rethymno

My group sound bath setup with various sound healing instruments – find me on Instagram

“Sound healing goes way beyond just playing a cheerful tune to lift our spirits. It deeply impacts our emotional and mental well-being. Did you know that neuroscience has found we can actually forge new pathways in our brains? It’s the same principle that makes Hypnosis work. So many of our thoughts and actions start off in the subconscious, a part of our minds that’s not always easy to access. That’s the beauty of sound healing – its tones and vibrations effortlessly reach those hidden corners of our subconscious.

There are many articles available on sound healing but if you want a brief overview check out this post.

What Instruments are used for Sound Healing?

The Human Voice

Did you know that the most natural ‘instrument’ in sound healing is our very own voice box, or larynx? It’s fascinating, Studies have shown that something as simple as humming through our nose can boost the production of nitric oxide. This little molecule plays a big role in keeping our immune system strong and even helps clear nasal congestion.

And guess what? You don’t need to be a musician or have any special musical skills to use your voice for healing sounds. Take chanting, for example. The famous Gregorian Chant involves six specific tones, known as the Solfeggio frequencies. These tones are believed to align and balance different areas of the body. Interestingly, these areas often match up with the Chakras found in Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions. It’s amazing how interconnected these ancient practices are!

Tibetan Singing Bowls

The Tibetan Singing bowls or Himalayan bowls are most probably the most widely known sound healing instruments on earth! For centuries, Buddhist monks have used the rich, soothing sounds of these bowls to deepen their meditation practices. These beauties were the first sound therapy instruments I ever came into contact and I instantly fall in love with their sound. They’re incredibly durable, crafted from a blend of five to seven precious metals, each representing different planets in our galaxy. What’s more, they come in a variety of sizes, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly most people can pick up the technique to play them. Tibetan singing bowls are incredibly versatile – you can place them directly on someone’s body or use them nearby, making them ideal for both personal therapy sessions and group sound baths. But, a little word of caution: the bigger the bowl, the heavier it is. So, if you’re building up a collection, get ready for some heavy lifting! Here’s a handy tip for transporting them: you can nest them inside each other. Just make sure you pick your bowls with this in mind so they fit snugly together. And guess what? The same issue you will face also with the Crystal singing bowls which I mention further down the post.

If you’re curious about getting one for yourself, I’ve got a handy guide on how to choose your first singing bowl. And don’t forget to follow my channel! I post lots of videos on the use of various healing sound instruments.

If you’re looking to buy a Tibetan Singing Bowl, Amazon and are great places to start your search.

Tibetan Singing bowls

Tibetan Singing bowls

Crystal Singing Bowls

Crystal singing bowls, unlike their metal counterparts, are more delicate and fragile. Crafted from pure quartz, these Crystal bowls produce an incredibly soothing, almost ethereal sound. The pure and sweet tones that emanate from them have the power to deeply relax and foster a sense of well-being. It’s this strong, intense sound that makes Crystal bowls, along with gongs, some of the most sought-after instruments for sound baths. Their profound resonance with listeners makes them one of my favourite instruments and the same goes for many sound healing practitioners out there. They’re available either as individual pieces or in sets of seven, with each bowl in the set finely tuned to correspond with one of the seven chakras. Tip: If your budget allows, I highly recommend getting the full set. Not only do all the bowls harmonize beautifully together, but they’re also designed to fit neatly inside each other, making transportation a breeze and saving you a lot of effort.

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Crystal singing bowls


Let’s dive into the fascinating world of gongs! You’ve probably seen them in movies, spotted them in yoga studios, Zen temples, and various other places. Gongs have soared in popularity, and there’s a great reason for that. Their powerful, cosmic, almost mystical sound has the ability to transport listeners to another dimension. Imagine being completely enveloped in the deep resonance of a gong bath – it’s an experience unlike any other! Many describe it as a process of being ‘shaken up,’ a way to clear out all the negative energies from the mind and body.

Gongs aren’t just a recent fad; they’re steeped in history. These ancient instruments first made their appearance in the 6th century CE in Tibet and have been integral to spiritual ceremonies and religious rituals ever since. Plus, the variety is astounding – gongs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, each with its own unique sound and personality. If you’re curious to explore the mesmerizing world of gongs further, I’ve got just the thing for you. Check out my detailed post about gongs and gong bath therapy.

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28′ Wind gong


It’s truly fascinating how many people find themselves drawn to drumming, even those without any musical background, who can’t read notes or have never played another instrument. Rhythmic patterns are a natural part of us, pulsing within and all around. They’re in the steady beat of our hearts and the infectious rhythms of dance music, constantly keeping us in motion. Instruments like Shamanic Drums, Native American Drums, Tongue Drums, and Ocean Drums occupy a unique space in the realm of sound healing. They’re accessible to everyone, whether you’re just beginning to explore sound healing on your own or engaging with a practitioner. There’s an innate satisfaction and therapeutic quality in the act of drumming. The way these drums connect and resonate with people, regardless of their musical know-how, is nothing short of remarkable.

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Tuning Forks

Ever heard of the Tuning Forks? These instruments are gentle yet surprisingly powerful. Their story begins back in 1711 when John Shore, a trumpeter and lutenist for composers like H. Purcell and G.F. Händel in London, invented them for musical tuning. Fast forward to the mid-1970s, and these tools found a new purpose in the world of sound healing. Nowadays, therapists often use tuning forks that emit sound at specific frequencies in one-on-one therapy sessions. They’re particularly effective for addressing energy blockages in the meridian and chakra systems, helping the body kickstart its own healing process

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Solar Harmonic Spectrum Tuning Forks set

Solar Harmonic Spectrum Tuning Forks By Biosonics

Koshi Chimes

Koshi wind chimes are like a whisper from heaven – their soothing, angelic sound is truly mesmerizing. Crafted in a bamboo style, these wind instruments are tuned to absolute perfection, tapping into the healing power of nature. When they chime, it’s as if they’re creating a gentle, positive flow of energy. It’s not just a sound; it’s an experience that uplifts and rejuvenates the spirit. The two major brands creating the best wind instruments are Koshi or Zaphyr.

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Koshi Chimes

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This captivating instrument, held in high esteem by Australian Aboriginal peoples for millennia, immediately draws attention with its distinctive look. Emitting profoundly deep and transcendental sounds, it is often likened to a natural trumpet or ‘drone pipe.’ Beyond its intriguing form, it carries deep cultural and spiritual significance. The length of the pipe is key – the longer it is, the deeper and more resonant the tones it produces. More than just a musical tool, it acts as a portal to a deeply immersive and meditative experience, connecting listeners to ancient traditions and profound states of consciousness. It comes in different shapes and sizes. If you want a more compound and easy to carry around version check the didgeridoo by Roots brand.

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Sound healing instruments

Yidaki Snail shape by Roots


The monochord, with its ancient roots and rich history, is believed to have been invented by Pythagoras, the legendary mathematician. Its sound is captivating, soothing, and can even become transcendental during prolonged listening. The monochord is versatile in its use – it’s perfect for one-on-one sessions, where it can be used either directly on the body or nearby, and also works well in group settings. However, it’s worth noting that the sound it produces isn’t very loud, so listeners need to be quite close to the instrument to fully appreciate its harmonious tones. Undergoing a Monochord session is like receiving a sonic massage. It encourages deep relaxation and the release of tension, enveloping you in a serene symphony of vibrations that beautifully harmonize the body and mind.

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Monolina Monocord by Feeltone

Handpan / Tongue Drum

Have you ever come across this UFO-like instrument and heard a musician play it live? If so, you’ve probably fallen in love with its enchanting sound and the beautiful melodies it can create. Sometimes known as a Tongue Drum, the Handpan is ingeniously crafted from two metal half-shells that are glued together. At its center is the Ding, a central tone field, surrounded by a circle of at least seven different tone fields on the upper shell. And let’s not forget the Gu, an opening on the underside that contributes to its unique sound. Handpans, or drums as they’re often called, vary in size and can be played solo or in harmony with other drummers, creating a captivating musical experience.

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Native American Flute

The mesmerizing music of the Native American Flute is a favorite in meditation compilations and is often sought after for deep relaxation. The soothing tones of this flute have a remarkable effect – they can slow down brain wave frequencies, guiding both mind and body into a tranquil, trance-like state. It’s in these moments of deep relaxation that healing starts to unfold. As the conscious mind releases its grip on conditioning and negative thought patterns, it opens up space for newer, more positive thoughts to emerge. The transformative power of the Native American Flute’s music lies in its ability to create this serene and healing environment.

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A rainstick is a long, hollow tube, ingeniously filled with small pebbles or beans. Inside, small pins or thorns are strategically arranged in a spiral pattern. When you tilt or gently shake the rainstick, these tiny pebbles or beans dance along the internal spines, creating a sound that’s remarkably similar to falling rain. Not only is it incredibly easy to play, but the soothing sound it produces is just as delightful to listen to. It’s like holding a piece of gentle rainfall in your hands.

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Crystal Harp

Imagine a musical instrument that combines the beauty of crystal with the charm of a xylophone. That’s the Crystal Harp for you. It’s made up of a series of crystal tubes, typically quartz, which are carefully arranged on two wooden rails according to their specific musical purpose. To play it, you use a mallet with a rubber end, striking the crystal tubes just like you would on a xylophone. And the sound? It resonates in a way that’s reminiscent of Crystal Singing Bowls, producing a captivating and ethereal melody.

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Sound healing instruments for sound bath - Crystal Harp by Sacred Forest

Crystal Harp by Sacred Forest

Crystal Singing Pyramids

As the name suggests, a Crystal Singing Pyramid consists of Crystal tubes arranged in a pyramid shape. It is similar to a Crystal Harp but is tuned to a single note, while the harp has at least eight notes, making it easier to play. The sacred significance of the pyramid shape is widely recognized in healing circles, much like its ancient recognition by the Egyptians, who understood the preserving power of this geometric form.

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Quartz Crystal Tuning Fork

Another intriguing quartz crystal instrument is the crystal tuning fork, resembling a large tuning fork, which produces a soothing sound. In contrast to conventional metallic tuning forks, crystal forks produce a louder sound and are suitable for both one-on-one and group settings. These crystal tuning forks are precisely tuned to specific frequencies, typically at 432Hz or 440Hz, similar to traditional tuning forks, and they come in various lengths and thicknesses. When you purchase a crystal tuning fork, it usually includes a simple mallet for striking it (be sure to strike it gently, as the crystals are quite sensitive!). You can opt for a single crystal fork or explore sets available in a convenient case.

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Quartz Crystal Tuning Fork


Picture a Kalimba as a pocket-sized piano that sits comfortably in your hands. This endearing instrument is played using the thumbs and emits the most joyful and uplifting tones. Adding to its charm, Kalimbas are available in various shapes, sizes, and styles, each with its unique flair. They all, however, share the wonderful ability to brighten your day with their playful and cheerful melodies. An added bonus? Kalimbas are quite affordable. You can get a decent one for around 30 euros, making it a delightful and accessible addition to your musical collection.

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Energy Chimes

Another compact marvel in the world of instruments is the Energy Chime. Picture this: metal tubes, either solo or grouped, perched on a wooden base, waiting to be struck by a mallet. Just like the Kalimba, Energy Chimes are wonderfully portable. Both of these instruments can be your travel companions, perfect for clearing and refreshing the energy of spaces like hotel rooms or even your mode of transport. It’s amazing how such small instruments can have such a significant impact on your surroundings, making them ideal for those on the go.

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Tingsha Cymbals

Tingsha, with their roots in ancient traditions, are often seen in Buddhist temples, their presence as timeless as the practices they accompany. Despite their modest size, they can produce a sound that’s surprisingly loud and clear. The higher quality Tingsha have the ability to sustain their tones for several seconds, creating a lingering resonance that slowly fades into silence. Much like the Kalimba, Tingsha are also perfect for travel, allowing you to carry a piece of this ancient tradition with you wherever you go, infusing your journey with their unique sound and energy.

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The Djembe, with its distinctive goblet shape, is not just an instrument but a symbol of unity. Wrapped around its base are ropes that are not merely decorative; they’re crucial for tuning. By adjusting these ropes, you can fine-tune the drum to your desired pitch. Interestingly, the name ‘Djembe’ carries a profound message – roughly translated, it means ‘everyone gather together in peace.’ It’s an instrument that embodies harmony and togetherness, resonating with more than just sound, but also with the spirit of community.

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Mouth Harp

Also known as a jaw harp, Jew’s harp, or vargan, the Mouth Harp is a unique little instrument with a sound production method akin to the Kalimba. It uses a flexible metal plate that vibrates to create sounds. But here’s the twist: you place it in your mouth, which acts as a resonating chamber, enhancing the instrument’s distinctive tones. This clever design leaves both your hands free, allowing for an interesting and dynamic musical experience.

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What is the Most Soothing Sound Healing Instrument?

Figuring out the most soothing sound healing instrument really comes down to your personal taste. It’s fascinating how we humans often find tranquility in light, tinkling sounds – think of the gentle trickle of a stream or the soft patter of rain. Then there’s the deep, rhythmic sound of ocean waves crashing onto the shore, which many find incredibly calming. It’s hard to pinpoint a single instrument as the most soothing since it varies so much from person to person. You might find yourself experimenting with different instruments until you discover the one that resonates with you.

Consider the varied tones of cymbals and gongs. Their sound can feel different depending on your mood – sometimes uplifting, other times more introspective. It’s the same when you’re choosing wind chimes. Some might find their sound irritating, while others might find it utterly relaxing. Then there are bells, bowls, and instruments made of wood, crystal, or metal, each offering a unique auditory experience.

If you’re looking to bring a soothing sound instrument into your home, you might start with something simple like hollow wooden sticks, or maybe a Tibetan Singing Bowl. It’s all about exploring and discovering which sounds speak to your soul.

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What Instruments are used in a Sound Bath?

The most commonly used instruments in a Sound Bath are gongs and Tibetan Singing Bowls. Sound Baths are also often offered to groups of people as well as on a one-to-one basis. Other instruments employed in a Sound Bath include the Crystal singing bowls, Hand pans, and wooden wind chimes, although this will depend on the practitioner, the venue and the number of people attending.

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