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The Sound Bath Sessions provide a moment for you to take time for yourself to relax, rebalance and recharge, giving you back a sense of control that last long after our time together.
The Sound Bath Sessions host regular events in inspiring and nurturing settings. From the tranquillity of St James’ church hall in Finchampstead, to getting back to nature in our bell tent, as well as the extra dimension of the wonderful Hot Pod Yoga studio in Reading.
We also offer deeply relaxing 1-2-1 sessions.
Whatever the setting, the aim is to provide a space for you to be safe, find calm and concentrate on what serves you best.
Wokingham Town Hall
The Bell Tent
Hot Pod Yoga Reading
A sound bath is relaxing experience where you lie down whilst being immersed in sound vibrations from various instruments. Most commonly, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal, singing balls, gongs, tuning forks, the voice and drums.
A sound bath predominantly helps with relaxation as part of helping to manage stress. While sound baths have various benefits for stress management and overall well-being, scientific research on its direct effects on cellular resonance and function is still evolving. Sound baths should be considered as a complementary approach alongside other stress management strategies.
Harvard Medical School is widely considered as the world’s leading research institute on the effects of stress on the human body, sighting stress as the single largest contributor to physical and mental health conditions.
This link from the Harvard medical school expands on the research in this area, a summary of which is below. Further Information
In summary, the brain has two main nervous system responses, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic system controls our ‘fight or flight’ responses in stress situations through the release of adrenaline and cortisol.
The parasympathetic system regulates our ‘rest and digest’ functions through the release of insulin (controls blood sugars and energy use in the body) and Acetylcholine (produced by the bowel and is a muscle relaxant).
The term chronic stress describes being in a sympathetic response state on a prolonged basis.
Many Anti-anxiety and antidepressants prescriptive medicines increase the amount of parasympathetic chemicals in the system to counter stress responses. Resulting in both ‘fight or flight’ and ‘rest and digest’ chemical levels in the system being high.
Rather than increase the parasympathetic response, the ideal would be to reduce the sympathetic response so the system is naturally balanced.
By inducing relaxation, the way a sound bath can, we seek to lower the fight or flight response, rather than just increasing the rest digest response, thereby bring the overall level of chemicals present in the body down. The aim being to bring about the best balance for the body and help address chronic stress as unobtrusively as possible.
Addressing stress using sound works very well in partnership with an active lifestyle as well as prescription drugs when and where required.
It’s the reaction of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that makes exercise feel good. During a workout, the fight or flight response is activated, and our bodies produce adrenaline which gives the ‘high’. Post workout, our body produce ‘rest and digest’ chemicals as part of our recovery, which induce relaxation and provide that post workout ‘euphoric’ feeling. Consistent physical exercise overtime, helps balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, also helping to reduce chronic stress.
From a more spiritual perspective, a sound bath is thought to help balance the body and chakras. If you picture a flow of energy from the universe through the body to the ground; It would flow through the chakras from the crown, third eye, throat, heart, Solar plexus, sacral, and finally to the root. A depletion, or an excess of energy in any of the chakras affects the flow of energy through the body leading to a feeling of imbalance. Put another way, an imbalance can manifest itself in an inability to relax.
What a sound bath does is provide an opportunity to reflect on where in the body may be experiencing a depletion or excess in energy. Then allow time to absorb the softer more nurturing sounds in the areas that need replenished, while expelling excess energies from other areas during the louder moments of crescendo. Evening out the areas of excess and depletion allows for a better flow of energy through the body, bringing balance, which allows for a greater sense of control and clarity of thought.
What to take to a sound bath. Water, yoga mat, blanket, pillow and a bolster cushion or rolled up towel to place under the knees. This can be beneficial for taking pressure off the lower back.
In practical terms, during a sound bath, you do not have to do anything. To get the most out of a sound bath, invite yourself to use the time to induce as much relaxation as possible, relieve yourself of that which doesn’t serve you, and focus on a positive outcome for anything you seek to resolve.
During your first sound bath expect some time to yourself to relax. The power of relaxation can be a powerful tool to help bring about calm allowing for a greater clarity of thought.
Sound baths can be beneficial for anxiety as the calming sounds and vibrations can help reduce stress, quiet the mind, and induce a sense of tranquillity.
After a sound bath session, you might feel more relaxed, centred, balanced, and more in control of your emotions. You may also experience improvement in quality of sleep, clarity of thought and a reduction in stress in the days after a sound bath.
Sound healing involves using sound frequencies and vibrations to support healing and wellness in the body, mind, and soul. It taps into the concept that various frequencies can help us relax which positively impact our emotional and physical health.
The body does the healing. The sound creates a more relaxed state that best facilities the mind and or bodies recovery.
By employing instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, or vocals, practitioners generate specific frequencies and vibrations that resonate with the body. This resonance aims to restore equilibrium, ease stress, and induce a state of relaxation.
Advocates suggest that sound healing may clear energetic blockages, lessen anxiety, alleviate discomfort, and potentially enhance emotional clarity by harmonizing the body's energy systems. It's often used in conjunction with conventional medical approaches.
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