Have you felt the vibrations of a singing bowl in person? Felt the sound waves move through your body and spirit? It’s a sensation that’s difficult to describe, but if you’ve felt it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Everything in your body is simultaneously still and buzzing with energy.
But do they actually have healing properties?
With the number of people who ask me about the healing properties of singing bowls, I wanted to have an answer other than the anecdotal evidence I’ve personally felt. I’ve experienced singing bowls helping with anxiety and tension, but I want to give you more than just my feelings. Luckily, some folks with significantly more schooling than me wrote a paper: Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study. Woo hoo! The data nerd in me was so happy to find a study with actual numbers to corroborate what I’ve felt and know to be true.
They got a group of people together, and had a singing bowl meditation! (side note, where do I sign up for the next study??). Participants completed short questionnaires before and after the hour long meditation. They got comfortable on a yoga mat to listen to a combination of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, and gongs.
So what were the results? There was a “significant” difference in how people reported they felt pre- and post-meditation. Self-reported tension, anxiety, and depressed mood all got lower after exposure to singing bowls. If you’re reading this article, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you that the study found that singing bowls helped with anxiety and tension.
So it’s a sure thing?
Now, there were some potential issues with the study, so I can’t in good conscience tell you to believe it as Gospel. Most notably:
- the participants consisted of a convenience sample, which means they were already open to the concept
- the sample was 62 individuals, which isn’t huge for a study
- we know that meditation in general helps with all those factors, so we can’t attribute everything to the singing bowls
I don’t need a scientific study to tell me that singing bowls work for me, my students, and my clients. There is no risk or side effect from listening to the vibrations, and the relaxation is truly exceptional. If you are looking for a bowl for yourself (or they make excellent gifts!), here are some of the bowls and other sound healing tools I currently have in my shop.
Love and light,