Lifestyle Holistic Therapy have started to host holistic retreats as part of a new business venture.
Discover the benefits of a holistic sound bath, which is a meditation class using sound vibration to guide us into a deep meditative state whilst being enveloped by ambient sound played by an instructor.
Meditation is excellent for managing stress and improving our overall wellbeing. And whilst this may sound easy, trying to meditate and switch off can be the hardest thing.
But sound baths use repetitive notes at different frequencies to help bring focus away from our thoughts. The sounds can vary from crystal bowls, gemstone bowls, pyramid chimes, and gongs and each vibration gives off different frequencies which create different frequencies, guiding us to the meditative state
By using different combinations of frequencies, it is possible to shift our normal beta state (alert and concentrating) to an alpha state (creative, relaxed) and theta (meditative state) and even delta state (deep sleep, where restoring and healing can take place) if we are really relaxed.
One customer talks about her experience:
'Before we started, we were told to relax, get comfortable and if we wanted to go to sleep, that was fine, it just meant we were in a relaxed state and the meditation would still work.
We lay down on a yoga mat and were told to dress in loose clothing which would not be inhibiting and would make us feel comfortable. Trying to relax was the biggest hurdle before the benefits of the sound bath would start to take effect.
My brain has the ability to think about everything that’s happened over the last day and last month all at once. Whilst trying to embrace the experience, I do have a very short attention span and can often be found mutli-tasking, so being asked to lie still, not move and spend 45 minutes just switching off was a struggle. But once I had decluttered my head, and thought about lying on a tropical beach, it was all plain sailing from there.
But the sound bath invokes a feeling of letting go, with the use of music to heal the senses. The instructor used a mix of bowls made from different types of crystals, believing that they can channel different restorative properties. Tourmaline crystal for example can be used to absorb negative energy. The instructor went around all of us, hitting the different objects, so that we could all personally benefit from the energies and at the same time, she was able to pinpoint our chakra weaknesses or blockages which were channelling negative energies.
For me, I was instantly hooked and will be attending another session soon, but I do think you need to be in a certain mindstate before you go. If you are feeling anxious, stressed or need to find some harmony in your life, building mindfulness into your lifestyle through meditation can help you find that harmony. I did feel spiritually moved by the experience, and from the start to the end of the meditation, I had shivers running up my spine which felt like a flow of energy running through my body, equal to ‘spiritual chills’. Following the exercise, I was told that a couple of my chakras were blocked, and it was like an angel card reading, because the meaning behind the blockages was relevant to the stresses that I was going through at the time.
Having had time to reflect on the sound bath, I dealt with the stresses that were making me feel anxious and felt like a weight had been lifted.
We could all benefit from a little self care in our lives, but never make the time to do it, and unfortunately stresses continue to build which can impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
But I would recommend meditation as a form of holistic therapy, it’s rejuvenating and trains your brain to refocus and find your happy place’