The Healing Benefits
of Sound Baths
Every Dimensions retreat features a sound bath—a deep yet gentle somatic healing modality that is often a revelation to guests. We offer sound healing though a group sound bath meditation, which takes participants on a journey through sound.
What is a Sound Bath?
We create sound baths using voice, instruments, nature sounds, and audio recordings, to bathe participants in healing sound waves, while they are lying down comfortably. Participants typically get comfortable on a mat with their head supported on a cushion and their eyes closed, so they can go deep into themselves. If they choose, they may wear a weighted eye mask, relax under a warm and grounding blanket, or use extra cushions or bolsters for comfort.
How do Sound Baths help us heal?
Vibration from instruments, nature sounds, tones, beats, and the voice directly affect our brainwave states. Sounds stimulate the brain stem (responsible for involuntary physiological processes like respiration and digestion). They allow safe access to the limbic system (responsible for memory and emotion). And they regulate the cortex (responsible for executive functioning).
Certain sounds slow brainwaves to the lower alpha and theta brainwave states associated with relaxed wakefulness, meditation, focus, and bridging the conscious and subconscious mind. They can also help our body switch into the rest-and-digest state, where healing occurs.
If parts of the body are not functioning efficiently, we can consider them out of tune with the orchestra of our body. Sound therapy can influence the vibrations in our body, bringing all parts into harmony again. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and to lower blood pressure, reduce pain, improve memory; provoke emotional release; and repair injuries.
What is it like to take a Sound Bath?
Experiences of sound baths may differ from person to person and from session to session. Some people to drift off to sleep, cry, laugh, shake, twitch, have visions or memories pop up, or have deep feelings surface. Some feel relaxed and grounded or even a little spacey and light-headed after a session.
How can sound therapy be incorporated into everyday life?
Post retreat, we encourage guests to continue using sound for healing in their everyday lives. It is beneficial to find calming music you can turn to help you calmy navigate the stressors of day-to-day life. Examples include nature sounds, light classical music, ambient music, binaural beats, and isochronic tones, all of which can be found on YouTube.