In our modern world, stress and tension-induced diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as addiction and mental illness, are becoming increasingly common. Meditation is becoming more mainstream and is often recommended to encourage relaxation, help alleviate anxiety and improve well-being. However, many find meditation to be a challenging practice that can take many years if not decades to master. Fortunately, the benefits of meditation can be much more easily attained (or enhanced) by using a Tibetan Singing bowl.
Tibetan singing bowls make a vibration or sound called resonance which is the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates. Our bodies each have their own natural resonance, and vibrational medicine advocates suggest that disease is a result of those natural resonances becoming out of tune due to stress, illness, or environmental factors.
Interestingly, there is very little scientific research on the subject of sound healing. Accordingly, a team of researchers at the University of California delved further into the subject and recently published their findings.
They studied 62 participants, both male and female, with an average age of 49.7 years. Prior to and following the sound healing session, all participants completed standardized questionnaires to assess tension, anger, confusion, depression, anxiety, and spiritual well-being. Participants also completed questionnaires which included questions regarding any prior experience with meditation or singing bowls, substance use, medications, over-the-counter or herbal supplements, and whether they were experiencing any physical pain and to what degree.
The results of the sound meditation were striking. The researchers found a significant difference between pre-treatment and post-treatment in tension, anger, confusion, depression, anxiety, and spiritual well-being across participants.
Significantly, tension was most dramatically reduced in participants, thus proving that sound meditation has the ability to increase feelings of relaxation and decrease feelings of stress. Most notably, participants aged 20 to 39 years showed the most significant change in tension followed by those aged 40 to 59 years. Depressed mood and anxiety were also significantly reduced post meditation and feelings of spiritual well-being increased following the meditation.
These findings are significant for many reasons. The results show promise for a low cost form of stress reduction that is simpler to learn than meditation. Tibetan singing bowls are simple to use, and users can expect to feel deep relaxation and inner peace following sound meditation. The study also shows hope for reducing stress-related disease in the body through the use of sound meditation.
We are thrilled to see a study that found significant beneficial effects of Tibetan singing bowl meditations on a number of indicators related to well-being. We encourage you to try a Tibetan singing bowl for yourself if you are suffering from any stress and tension related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, tension, physical pain, anger, and confusion.