Sound Therapy – Healing with Sounds

Sound therapy is an ancient healing method. Sound therapy can take many forms, be it chanting mantras or experiencing a relaxing sound bath with the help of singing bowls or gongs. One thing they all have in common is their stress relieving effects, which can positively affect your mental as well as your physical health.
Sound Therapy – Healing with Sounds

The beneficial effects of music have been known since ancient times. Rites, folk songs, instruments, all rely on the principle that both the mind and the body are affected by sound.

Even our own voice can be part of sound therapy by singing or other creating other sounds, including chanting or even a growl.

Sound therapy vibrates within the space of our inner body by making different sounds. We hear with our ears, but there are sounds, instruments that resonate throughout our bodies.

Sound therapy consists of different techniques that have the same intention: to move us from a state of imbalance to balance.

Sound therapy can be:

  • listening to music
  • singing next to music
  • movement to the beat of the music
  • voice meditation
  • relaxing sound bath
  • playing an instrument

OHM – the Original Sound

At the beginning and / or end of some yoga classes, participants sing OHM. Why is that?

The chanting of OHM at the beginning of the class makes practitioners aware of their place in time and space, i.e., on the mat and in the meditative state of consciousness. You will often hear the “Arrive” prompt before ringing.

Similarly, at the end of the class, an OHM indicates that physical exercise is complete and it is time to return to society and normal life. 

Already through repeating this sound , and by connecting knowledge, we can receive the healing power of sound.

meditator sound therapy

According to Hindu and Buddhist tradition, OHM is the voice that, from origin, includes both present and future. The whole universe is in this voice.

The syllable OHM actually consists of three sounds, A, U, M. When we make the sounds very slowly and consciously, these sounds are pronounced. This connects us to our consciousness and our heart.

OHM is a core syllable that forms the basis of mantras. 

Chanting Mantras

The mantras, are a sacred, sound syllable series. They are usually found in Sanskrit or Tibetan. A deep healing and cleansing effect is associated with syllables.

Some of the best known are:


“This is the most basic mantra of the Buddhist religion, which contains the essence of Buddhism. It consists of six syllables: OM – MA – NI – PAD – ME – HUM. Each syllable addresses a world of Existence. OM is the gods MA, the demigods, NI the people, PAD the animals, ME the thirsty souls, and HUM the world of the inhabitants of hell.According to Buddhists, the whole of Existence is divided according to these worlds. All beings who exist are part of these worlds. When one says Om Mani Padme Hum, one sends benevolence, love, peace to all six worlds according to the meaning of the mantra.
So if we repeat this mantra, we are sending this fulfilled harmony into the existing world. We are sending to every existing being what he or she needs to fulfill. So this is the mantra of Universal Benevolence. “- András Laár

The healing Buddha mantra


This mantra is usually repeated and recited when healing is needed. In the current situations it is a very good mantra to practice.

Singing Bowls – Healing Sound Baths

When we dive into a conscious lifestyle, we can encounter the healing effects of singing bowls in more and more places. Sound bowls can have beneficial effects on the chakras, but they also offer positive effects on mental and physical health. There are several singing bowls and devices of different origins and types that are used to make healing sound baths.

Tibetan Handcrafted Singing Bowls

n Tibet, sounds and bowls have been used for healing purposes since ancient times. Interestingly, all of the Tibetan sound bowls found today are made in Nepal. They are usually made of several metals by machine or hand, in the video below you can get an impression of the elaborate process. The bowls vibrate at a frequency that has a beneficial effect on the nervous system and other areas of the human body as well.

One study examining the effect of sound bowls on anxiety and depressive states finds a clearly stress relieving and mood improving impact. Interestingly, science and spiritual practices are beginning to connect in the 21st century.

It is best to experience the positive effect of singing bowls yourself. If you get the chance, be sure to attend one or even more sound baths. Here is an opportunity for a sound bath combined with online yin-yoga this Saturday.

Cystal Singing Bowls

Crystal singing bowls are also often used in sound therapy. They are different from Tibetan singing bowls in Charakter and sound. Crystal bowls are also called quartz singing bowls or glass singing bowls. Various alternative health professionals believe that the use of these bowls can have a significant beneficial effect on the healing of your mind and body, especially when combined with positive reinforcements in the form of mantras and chants.

One reason for using crystal resonant bowls is the belief that our bodies are made up of crystalline structures. For this reason, it is believed that crystal resonant bowls significantly affect all organs and cells in our body. In addition, some alternative health professionals believe that the frequency and state of consciousness of a brain wave can be positively charged by the vibrations that occur during the mediation of the sound bowl.


With a history of more than 6,000 years, the gong is one of the oldest instruments. It is of Indonesian origin, but generally widespread in Asia. The oldest specimens were found in China. 

While in Europe the bell is the carrier of instrumental transcendence, in Asia this function was primarily performed by the gong. It was mainly used in ancient rituals, especially as part of Buddhist religious traditions, but was also common as an orchestral instrument, and was also enjoyed in folk music.

Gong meditation is a unique type of sound that involves the use of therapeutic gong sounds and vibrations to bring healing. This practice is sometimes referred to as a “gong bath” because participants are “bathed” in meditation gong sound waves. The goal of “gong meditation” is usually therapeutic and relaxing, but it’s deeper goal is to lead the practitioner to experience the present moment with awareness and without judgment.

gong sound therapy


Gongs are most often made of copper or bronze, but nickel and silver, as well as an alloy of copper and tin, are also excellent raw materials. The depth of a gong’s sound depends on its size, which can vary.

During sound baths, be it with Tibetan or crystal bowls, or a gong meditation, the participant lies on the floor with a pillow and blanket to help them relax. The essence of all sound baths is complete consciousness and physical relaxation. Recharge and refresh yourself, which is a key part of a healthy lifestyle.

 There are many more different ways of sound healing that can help you to experience and discoverne the healing and soothing nature of sounds.

However, these methods do not replace medical diagnosis and treatment.


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