A sound bath is an ancient wellness practice where clients are immersed in sound frequencies derived from “singing bowls” that support healing and restoration. Used by Tibetans for over 2000 years, Western culture is now tuning into the benefits of this unique practice. The number of bowls can vary, and the selection of the types of bowls used depends on what the client is experiencing and what energy meridian in the body will be the focus of the treatment. While the practice has primarily been offered as a form of deep relaxation, the benefits of a sound bath as a part of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan have also been noted.

We offer the sound bath experience at Avalon Integrative Wellness, as a component of our intensive outpatient program or IOP. This treatment modality is combined with other traditional and non-traditional therapies with a goal of improving our client’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Through a concentrated, holistic approach we personalize each treatment plan to produce the most significant benefits for each of our clients.

What does a Sound Bath Treat?

A sound bath is not considered a stand-alone treatment for any mental health condition. However, when it is combined with other treatment modalities, sound baths may help to relieve symptoms caused by:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Acute and chronic stress

A sound bath offers similar effects to meditation. However, participants can achieve the deeper state or relaxation desired with a sound bath quicker and easier than in a meditation session in many cases. Even beginners can experience profound effects even during their very first sound bath session.

Benefits of a Sound Bath

Researchers have discovered that there may be many benefits of a sound bath, including the following:

  • Reduced anxiety levels
  • Enhanced mood
  • Greater relaxation of the body
  • Clarity of the mind
  • Reduction in stress
  • Relief from pain
  • Shortened duration of illness
  • A balance of the body, mind and spirit
  • Relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Promotes more restful sleep

How it Works

A sound bath uses a variety of sounds to facilitate a shift in brainwaves so that participants achieve a more profound state of relaxation. While bowls are the primary instrument used by Western sound bath practitioners, other instruments that may be utilized in this practice include:

  • Gongs
  • Chimes
  • Didgeridoo
  • Harmonium
  • Tuning forks
  • Voices in the form of mantras, chanting or singing

Participants lie on yoga mats or cushions on the floor in a comfortable position throughout the sound bath. The therapist will begin to make a series of sounds with the instruments to create a calming environment. As participants shift from the normal beta state (waking consciousness) to an alpha or relaxed state of consciousness, deeper relaxation occurs that allows individuals to embark on an inner journey of healing and resolution. For some, the process may be focused on calming the mind and body, while others may see the session as a time to explore inner conflicts and issues in a safe, comfortable place.

Sound baths typically last at least one hour, although some may be even longer. While group sessions are the most common, individual sessions can also be directed at the precise needs of a single client as well. The goal of a sound bath when used in mental health treatment is to relieve symptoms caused by the condition and create a mental and physical state where authentic healing and resolution can take place.

Soundbath as Part of the Avalon Integrative Wellness IOP

Sound baths can provide additional support to individuals seeking treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions or other situations creating challenges in the person’s life. At Avalon Integrative Wellness, we strive to address the needs of our clients on multiple levels, which is the reason we offer a broad range of treatment modalities that we can tailor to the individual. To discover more about our treatment programs, contact Avalon Integrative Wellness at 888-266-9048.