Sounds Baths + Their Rise in Popularity: What You Need To Know

In these modern times of technology overloads and a general sense of global fragility, the quest to quiet the mind and find new ways to achieve relaxation feels more important than ever. This quest has led us into a new era of wellness—one in which many people are exploring alternative healing practices that have actually been around for a very long time.

One ancient modality that's experiencing a surge in popularity is the sound bath. The process of manipulating sound for healing can be traced all the way back to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who utilized sound as a form of medicine to treat a variety of ailments.

Sound baths are a great way to get "in tune" with yourself, and many people turn to them for stress relief. Here's a primer to help you decide if this holistic practice is right for you and to get the most out of healing through sound.

1. Understand that sound baths are not a form of entertainment.

Sound bath practitioners are not performers. Rather, they work to utilize various instruments as tools to facilitate a shift in the participant's consciousness. They strip away the structural elements of music like rhythm and arrangement. When properly executed, the result is a slowdown of your brainwaves, shifting from a more active state (beta) to a more relaxed dreamlike state (alpha)....more