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Singing Bowls

Posted on 19 September, 2016 at 20:45 Comments comments (2)

Tibetan Singing Bowls

Tibetan singing bowls arse a type of intrument used for healing. Also known as Himalayan bowls, Tibetan singing bowls are considered a type of bell.

Buddhist monks have long used Tibetan singing bowls in meditation. In addition, some alternative medicine practitioners (including music therapists, massage therapists, and yoga therapists) use Tibetan singing bowls to aid in the treatment of certain health conditions.

Uses for Tibetan Singing Bowls

When played, Tibetan singing bowls vibrate and produce a deep, rich tone. In alternative medicine, many proponents claim that these vibrations can produce beneficial changes within the body by reducing stress, "harmonizing" the cells, and "balancing the body's energy system." Some also claim that Tibetan singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce beneficial changes in brain waves.

People use Tibetan singing bowls for many purposes, including stress reduction and pain relief. Some people use Tibetan singing bowls in combination with other healing practices, such as meditation and deep breathing.

Benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls

There is currently a lack of scientific research on the potential health benefits of using Tibetan singing bowls. One of the few available studies is a 2008 report from the Swiss journal Research in Complementary Medicine.

For the study, 54 people with chronic spinal pain were assigned to either six sessions of singing bowl therapy, a placebo treatment, or no treatment at all. Study results showed that members of the singing bowl group and the placebo group experienced a significant decrease in pain intensity.

The study's authors also found that both the singing bowl therapy had a stress-reducing effect on participants.

Given its potential to promote relaxation, using Tibetan singing bowls in combination with healing practices like meditation and deep breathing could have a beneficial effect for some individuals.


How to Use Them

To create sound with singing bowls, gently strike the bowls and then rub the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the bowl's rim.

Where to Find Them

Tibetan singing bowls are also sold at some meditation centres, yoga studios, music shops and stores that specialize in new age products. Proponents suggest that using higher-quality bowls tends to produce more resonant sounds.