Singing bowls have been used in Tibetan culture since the 12th century. These metal bowls come in different sizes and each one produces a deep sound that relaxes and heals the mind. Because each bowl produces a unique vibration that works on separate parts of the brain, different sized bowls are often used together. Of course, they can also work on different parts of the body. Bowls elicit a light dream state, and can be placed on the body to promote healing.
The exact history of singing bowls is unclear, they have certainly been around for thousands of years. Today, singing bowls are still produced in these areas of the world, and both the craftsmanship and the spiritual components are closely tied to culture and tradition. Originally made of pure copper in the ancient world for medicinal purposes, they are now made most often of bronze (a combination of copper, tin and zinc) or a seven-metal medley of copper, tin, zinc, iron, lead, gold and silver—seven earth metals for the seven chakras.
Stimulates alpha and theta brain waves
Slows heart rate
Boosts overall well-being
Opening and aligning chakras
Stimulates the immune system
How to Use
During singing bowl treatment, you will lie on the floor while the bowls are placed in different configurations. For example, they might be placed around your body, on your body, or in different locations around the room. Once positioned, the practitioner will use mallets to strike the bowls in a sequence in order to produce sounds and vibrations. In some cases, your practitioner may also include a guided meditation.
To use a singing bowl yourself, firmly press the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the bowl's outside edge or rim. When you hear a bright, clear tone, you can slow down the motion. Use your full arm to make the motion, rather than just rotating your wrist. You can also make the same circular motion against the outside belly of the bowl. Additionally, you can gently strike the bowl before beginning the circular motion.
How are crystal singing bowls made?
Quartz (crystal) singing bowls are often thought to be made from crushed precious crystals. Quartz crystal bowls are actually made from silica, which is naturally occurring broken down quartz. Silica sand is basically the result of erosion-water, wind and so on. Crystal bowls are made from silica sand that is been fused at high temperatures. Since the silica sand comes as small particles, there is no need to crush large quartz crystals during the manufacturing process.
How does sound and frequency heal?
Sound healing synchronizes brain waves to achieve profound states of relaxation, helping to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of the cells in our bodies. It may be considered new age wellness but sound healing is hardly a new form of therapy. The ancient Greeks used music to cure mental disorders and throughout history, sound has been used to help people, work faster, influence, and boost morale. Many also believe that sound can heal the body. That’s because humans have a natural instinct for sound therapy. Vibrations move through water in the body, when this happens, it helps stimulate circulation to allow muscle relaxation and improve lymphatic flow.
Using singing bowls as a type of sound healing has been found to reduce stress, anger, depression, and fatigue.
Singing Bowl Notes for Chakras
In chakra signing bowls, there is a specific note that reaches each energy center.
Root - C Sacral - D Solar Plexus - E
Heart - F Throat - G Third Eye - A
Crown - B