The Science of Singing Bowls
To say that after my first experience with singing bowls I was intrigued would be an understatement; I was obsessed! How could 1 metal bowl placed on my low back for mere minutes have the ability to create such an impact on my state of mind? And after those few minutes how could my body feel so deeply relaxed? I wanted to know HOW. Himalayan singing bowls are traditionally made of 7 metals in regions throughout Nepal, Tibet and India. Many other countries have a traditional bowl or bell used for many purposes. The Tibetan monks are known to use the bowls to aid in their meditation. Every traditional Himalayan singing bowl is handcrafted and has a unique sound when played. They can be played by ‘singing’ or ‘striking’. Singing a bowl involves applying even pressure around the rim of the bowl with a leather or felt covered mallet. Striking the bowl is gently hitting it in an up stroke direction with a rounded mallet. Each way creates a different frequency of vibration and lends to a different therapeutic effect. Our entire body, our entire world as a matter of fact, is at its fundamental level made of vibration. From a physiological standpoint, when our body encounters varying frequencies of vibration, it responds by causing changes to our cells. The constant erratic vibrations of working a jackhammer are shown to contribute to ill health and increase many maladies such as arthritis and cancer, whereas the gentle and even vibrations from a therapeutic vibro-acoustic device or a singing bowl are shown to have regenerative effects on cellular structures.