Sound baths may seem like yet another New Age trend, but sound therapy is as old as time, dating back over 40,000 years. Fast forward to 2022, and sound baths have hit the mainstream. They’re conducted in high-end studios in major cities, celebrities swear by them, colleges provide them to stressed out students, and recovery centers use them for people living with addiction or trauma. So, how can you try it out for yourself here in Bellevue? Sound Therapist, Danica Eakman, owns Green Door Sound Bath andhas a home studio in Hunts Point where she sees clients and claims that “…sound baths are for everyone. You do not have to be into yoga or spirituality. Just come with an open mind to heal yourself from whatever it is you need healing from.”
Danica became a sound bath practitioner in August of 2020 after trying to conceive for 4 years. “The stress and anxiety of IVF lead me to hearing my first bowl. I immediately relaxed and felt like myself again. I knew I had to do this for others,” says Eakman. We asked Danica to explain exactly what a sound bath is and how indulging in one can benefit your health.
What is a Sound Bath?
A sound bath is a meditative experience where those in attendance are “bathed” in sound waves played by a sound bath practitioner. The goal is to calm the mind while relaxing and resetting the nervous system. Sound healing has been used in many cultures for thousands of years.
How does a Sound Bath work?
A client will lie down while the sound bath practitioner will begin playing different sound bowls that correlate with different chakras in the body. The sound waves travel into the body to find any energetic or emotional blockages you may have and bring them to the surface so they can be removed.
What are the benefits?
Sound baths help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Helps to manage ADHD. Improves sleep quality. Lower blood pressure. And it has been recently introduced as an accompaniment to holistic oncology treatment and they are seeing really improved results on the patients as a whole.
What should a new client expect when going to a Sound Bath?
A deep relaxation. My favorite quote about sound baths is “mediation is like taking the stairs and a sound bath is like taking the elevator.” – Sara Auster. I had tried to meditate before sound baths and I found it nearly impossible to quiet my mind in meditation alone.
How soon can one feel results?
The effects are almost immediate for some, where others take a few minutes to let go and quiet their minds. The more clients visit, the longer lasting the effects are and the quicker you can jump into the relaxation of a sound bath. I recommend this as a regular practice.
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