Instead, a crystal sound bath harnesses the reverberating sounds and vibrations of crystal bowls of all shapes and sizes, to lull you into a peaceful and mindful state of being. A qualified sound specialist is on hand to play the hollow bowls like instruments by twirling a crystal baton around the sides.
I first zoned out to a gong bath a decade ago in a north London yoga studio. I’d turned up for the yoga, but ended up blissed out to the sound vibrations, keen for another hit….Gong baths are seen as a shortcut to a calm mind for those who find it hard to meditate.
There was a time when The Gong Bath was the preserve of the New Age Hippy Californian Tech Billionaire Guy, quickly followed by movie stars and celebrities. But now finally we mortals of earth have inherited access to the healing wonders of The Gong. Now there are “Sounders” taking their vibrational healing into senior corporate offices from China to Stockholm to Brussels and now London.
The effects (of singing bowl therapy) were profound: while I’d expected to spend the session sniggering quietly into the pillow, I instead fell into a deep meditative state, waking to feel as if I’d had a full night’s sleep.
The vibrations from sound will effectively move the water within cells, promoting a stagnant circulatory system to speed up, and encourage the overwrought body to switch from alpha to beta, silencing stressful thoughts, and allowing healing to occur….It’s likely that the reason for sound therapy emerging as one of the most popular wellness trends of 2018 is as much to do with the relaxation it promotes as anything else.
‘Sound meditation’ is sweeping San Francisco’s tech scene… seas of people staring down at their phones are as much a fixture of the city as trolley cars and fog. But a few nights out of the year, 1,300 people put away their digital devices and sprawl across the floor for a meditative “sound bath.”
In order to get there, you need to disconnect from thoughts entirely-and in this respect at least, the sound bath succeeded where everything else has failed for me. The sound reverberated through my body in such a way that my mind simply couldn’t distract itself.
I must have fallen asleep at some point, because when I woke up everyone else was preparing to leave. And as I floated down the street towards the station, my mind felt oddly quiet. Sometimes you have to let some sound in to drown the other noise out.
“Crystal sound therapy is like nothing I’ve experienced before. It’s peaceful, stylish and beautiful. I lay down fully clothed and was surrounded by glorious vibrating soundwaves – before long I felt as if I’m floating in mid-air as I’m enveloped in a profound deep feeling of peace.
45 minutes later I’m brought back into the real world feeling a little sleepy – I sit up and slowly adjust – before long I’m wide awake and feeling refreshed – as if I’ve just had 9 hours sleep.”
– Sara Hill, Business Manager
“It was a great experience! I encourage all who are looking for ways to turn off the noise, stress and rebalance to experience the Crystal Sound Lounge Sound Relaxation studio.”
– Obi Onyeagoro, Banker
“Was a really restful experience, cosy, soothing, embryonic and the sound healing is a wonderful way to cut through the chatter of the monkey mind… so nice to be able to relax, meditate and feel well without exerting any intrinsic effort – so much of self-help is about actively doing stuff. Will be back!”
– Tami Alikhani, Teacher
“Crystal Sound Lounge was my first experience of going to a sound bath. It was absolutely magical and I felt relaxed and rejuvenated like I never had before. I simply lay down and the vibrations of the crystal bowls and gongs did all the work. I’ve tried mindfulness and meditation in the past but this is far easier and more refreshing. Looking forward to my next visit!”
– Tiffany Freitas, Chief Financial Officer
“After an hour of listening to the amazing instruments my mood had completely lifted and my body had felt like it had been on a mini vacation – relaxed. I highly recommend this to everyone – a beautiful journey. Thank you Crystal Sound Lounge for the experience.”
– Sophie Deedes, Fashion Stylist