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"Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony." Leonardo da Vinci

Healing Sounds: An audio feature on the work of Isabela Basombrio Hoban produced by Fiona McGarry

What are Tibetan Singing Bowls?

Singing bowls make harmonic sounds that resonate with our own human energy field. They vibrate to produce profound, beautiful and soothing sounds. Singing bowls are used worldwide for meditation, music, music therapy, relaxation and personal well-being. They are used by a wide range of professionals, including health professionals, school teachers, musicians and spiritual teachers. Singing bowls are used in health care by psychotherapists, massage therapists, cancer specialists, hospice workers, stress and meditation specialists. They are used to help treat cancer patients and also for post traumatic stress disorder. They are popular in classrooms to help facilitate group activities and focus students attention.

What is Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy?

Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy is an ancient system of healing. The bowls are struck or a striker is played on the rim to make them resonate. This therapy is connected to meditation practice.The Therapy takes two forms: 1. Individual sessions and 2. Group meditation to sound and music., vibrate or sing. The sound created is very calming, soothing and gentle, encouraging deep states of relaxation, clarity of concentration and peacefulness. The bowl practitioner taps the bowls in a specific manner creating an entrancing energy. Each bowl will vibrate and sing a different predominate note from the music scale A, B, C, D, E, F, or G. Each note is coordinated with a specific chakra, helping to balance and harmonize the chakra system and energy field of the body.

How does Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy Work?

All types of sound from a phone ringing, to an angry voice, to pure simple soothing tones have an effect on the nervous system which in turn affects every cell in the body, either creating relaxation or stress. Stress is at the root of many diseases. This is why well being and physical health are so inextricably linked to sound. Sound from the bowls train the brain to move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. When placed directly on the body the sound vibrations are transmitted into our blood, organs, tissues,

and cellular memory through the large amount of water in our system. The sound vibrations impact on our nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress or pain response. It reduces brain wave activity, slows the respiratory and heart rate creating Cardio- Respiratory Synchronicity the perfect condition to release blocked energy and bring the body back into alignment. The therapy takes place while fully clothed. The client is asked to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and no or little jewelry. The therapy takes place with the person either sitting down, standing up or lying down. Sometimes, these are combined.

Are there any medical conditions which make this therapy unsuitable?

This therapy is unsuitable for people who wear pacemakers, for people who have just had an operation, and for people that have pins or screws in their bones. This treatment is gentle and non-invasive. With the exception of the bowls touching the body, this is a no-touch sound therapy, with no manipulation of muscles, joints or bones

What are the benefits of the treatment?

Relaxation, stress reduction, and going into a deep place of calm and serenity will happen during the session. The therapy also balances energy, reduces stress and pain, creates vitality and helps to create a peaceful consciousness. It is a sound massage that can reach, through vibrations, into our deepest levels. As this is a natural therapy, there are no negative side effects.

What conditions do singing bowls help?

Sound therapy can support medical treatment. The bowls can give supportive help from stress disorders including post traumatic stress disorder and other mental stress. Also, the bowls can support recovery from addictions, headaches, hormonal symptons, sleep disorders, anxiety, pain, depression and can be beneficial for people with autism and special needs. The treatment gives deep and fast relaxation, energizes, helps with mental clarity and creates a feeling of lightness. The healing process is initiated by training our brainwaves and creating sympathetic resonance with the perfect vibrations of the bowls. Healthy people can benefit from the states of deep relaxation, and from the greater overall sense of well-being. IMPORTANT: Singing bowl therapy is a supportive therapy and will not cure illness but may support recovery. Clients are encouraged to get, and follow medical treatment from their doctors and medical practicioners.

How long are the sessions?

Individual sessions last either 30 minutes or 50 minutes. Please allow an overall time of 40 minutes for a 30 minute session and 60 minutes for a 45 minute session. It's also possible to organize group healing sessions and group meditation sessions.

What is the history of the Tibetan singing bowls?

Commonly known as Tibetan singing bowls, the ancient bowls actually come from various Himalayan regions including Tibet, Nepal, India and Bhutan and are made from a consecrated seven metal alloy. Each of the seven metals represent seven of the planets in our solar system. Prayers and mantras are chanted to them during their creation so they carry that sacred energy. They are hand made and hand hammered. For centuries they have been utilized for healing and consciousness transformation. We are now discovering the science behind this powerful ancient modality which is so effective for healing today. Modern medicine can now measure, and thus confirm, the practice of sound as a means to heal.

About the practitioner:

Isabela was introduced to, and learned about the healing power of the Singing Bowls by Master Nepalese musician and Master Singing Bowl practicioner Arjun Chainpure in Kathmandu. She also received treatments and learned from Singing Bowl practicioners in Boudhanath, Nepal. Her practice is in direct line with the origins of this therapy. Isabela has a lot of experience with sound and music. She is a musician who plays several musical instruments. Isabela is a professional Visual Artist and Educator who has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Environmental Design and a Masters Degree in Arts Education.

*Singing bowls can be used for individual healing sessions, group healing sessions, group meditation sessions and for musical sound concerts.

A CD of deeply Musical Healing Vibrations
Excellent for:
-Studying and Concentration based tasks
-Purifying environments- inner and outer
-Centering and Balancing energy: emotions and mind
-Inducing calm, peaceful consciousness

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