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Could You Benefit from a Sound Bath?

author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
Could You Benefit from a Sound Bath?
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In a sound bath, participants typically lay on the ground on a yoga mat, pillow and/or bolster and gongs, crystal singing bowls and other instruments are played by the sound healer.

In Los Angeles, you can do a sound bath at Sound Space, a sound bath studio in Silverlake with Jamie Ford. Or you can do a sound bath with “gong master” Guy Douglas at Unplug Meditation in West Los Angeles. There’s also the experience of going to the Integratron out by Joshua Tree for their 60-minute sound bath. Sound baths have been incredibly popular and spots generally need to be reserved in advance because they often sell out.

The experience is incredibly relaxing, and the sounds transport your mind and take it on a sensory journey, similar to the way a movie soundtrack does. Sound baths can be something of a way to force your brain into a meditative state.

Historically, sound has been used in various cultures for healing and wellness, from music and chanting/mantras to drumming, gonging and crystal bowls. Sound baths can not only provide deep relaxation and the best night of sleep you’ve ever had, they can also help you feel more grounded and connected to the earth and the universe. Importantly, sound baths can also help alleviate issues such as anxiety, PTSD, sleep disorders, pain management, stress and depression.

Sound baths typically last about one hour. If you’re going to a sound bath, you may want to bring your own blanket, mat and pillow to ensure that you're comfortable.

READERS - Would you try a a sound bath, or have you already? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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