Singing bowls

Apart from relaxing yesterday, I very nearly fell asleep to the sound of singing bowls. Did you know that they could sing – and beautifully too?

grade-e-chakra-tibetan-singing-bowlsI’m referring to Tibetan Singing Bowls, of course. (But if you tried really hard you might get a bowl in your kitchen to at least hum…)

I dragged Karriärmamman (for she was less enthusiastic than I) to a session where we lay down on mattresses and listened to some singing bowls. The person in charge of playing the bowls wanted us to imagine that we were on a boat at sea. I immediately got seasick.

However, once she actually stopped talking, I found that it was very soothing to listen to the different harmonies and overtones of these magnificent bowls. In fact, I could – quite literally – feel myself slipping into the vortex of sleep when some kind of chiming (her mobile phone no less!) wrenched me back from the brink.

tibetan_singing_bowlsI felt very lethargic and rested; harmonious even –  after this session with the bowls.

One thing that interested me was to find out that certain hospitals use singing bowls as therapy for patients with nerve and pain problems, or with those who are nervous wrecks.

In my parallel universe, I can just imagine how the soothing effects of singing bowls are used: in school assemblies to calm down students; before operations to soothe patients; in dentist surgeries; and in the Oval offices of world leaders whenever they get the urge to press that red button. Instead of flicking the swtich, they all lie down and listen to the rich tones of the singing bowls and instead of going off to bomb each other, they start sending love messages and comfort food to each other…

Oops – I seem to be getting carried away. I’ll be back after a short visit to Utopia.

21 responses

  1. I didn’t know they were Tibetan Singing Bowls. We use them for song massage. Warm up bowl beforehand. Then place the bowl on various parts of your body (back,between shoulders, chest, stomack, hands, feet) and get someone to ring the bowl in a steady ryhtmn. The singing vibrations travels through your body and it is such a wonderful sensation.

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    November 10, 2008 at 14:56

  2. What an interesting concept! Sadly…I doubt it’s something you’d see in Dallas, TX anytime soon. Guess I’ll have to take a vaca!! ;0)

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    November 10, 2008 at 14:57

  3. ladyfi

    I am definitely going to try out the song massage at the Japanese spa next time around!

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    November 10, 2008 at 15:54

  4. SirPe

    N-n-n-next time around? I hope this isn’t going to be a regular pastime, or we’ll soon be penniless!

    So… what do you want for your birthday this year, my lady?

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    November 10, 2008 at 16:47

  5. Jen

    Wow, what is a spa, a singing bowl, a vacation? I am going to have to let Gar know about all these new fangled adventures!!!!!

    Jen

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    November 10, 2008 at 16:49

  6. I’ve experienced singing bowls before, at a reiki session. The person there said that some people find them somewhat annoying-the frequency or whatever, upsets them. I thought they were neat, and I could sort of feel different parts of my body vibrating depending on which bowl was ‘singing’.

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    November 10, 2008 at 16:56

  7. I’ve never heard singing bowls…I’m intrigued.

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    November 10, 2008 at 17:08

  8. I’m having you book my next vacation!! Spas, singing bowls, what’s next?!

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    November 10, 2008 at 17:12

  9. Oh my! I simply adore Tibetan singing bowls. We have two. One is a small one and the wooden mallet is shaped like a pestle and the bigger one is bronze and very intricately carved and the sound is quite different between the two. There are some wonderful recordings by Karma Moffett and I would recommend “Golden Bowls”
    and “Golden Bowls of Compassion”. Check them out at iTunes. They are indeed very therapeutic once you learn the rhythm that affects you. In my case like Lady Fi, I can drop off to sleep easier than falling off a chair if I listen to them for a while. I am glad you had such a great experience. We need to escape from the madness and noise of the world at least often enough to keep some sanity in our modern lives.

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    November 10, 2008 at 17:46

  10. Yes SirPe, that is the Gift of 2008 – AND she wants you to go with her this time… And the best part: no kids allowed. So, the will just have to stay with us! 🙂

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    November 10, 2008 at 18:22

  11. Very interesting. But I don’t think the singing bowl in a dentist office would be enough for the husband to relax!

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    November 10, 2008 at 18:45

  12. Those blasted cell phones just ruin everything, right?

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    November 10, 2008 at 22:51

  13. Are you sure all this relaxation is good for you? 🙂

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    November 10, 2008 at 23:30

  14. Kata

    Carol- you need to read a previous post of LadyFi’s about turning off our cell phones!! There is a time and a place to be cell-phone free……..

    SirPe- hope you managed to pick yourself off the floor at the suggestion of another trip to the spa! Sounds like you will have to find a husband’s alternative-whatever that may be!

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    November 11, 2008 at 02:14

  15. I am getting more jealous by the moment. Both of these are being noted in my “to do” list. Someday. That sounds much better than my yoga tonight when the hip hop class was REALLY getting going right during (spelling, I know) shivasna. Not exactly how I want my practice to end.

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    November 11, 2008 at 03:17

  16. Thanks for visiting (and commenting!) on my BATW day!

    The Iron Curtain, wow, I can’t even imagine. I am sure your family has stories to tell!

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    November 11, 2008 at 08:07

  17. Singing bowls are the most beautiful and gentle way to center yourself. I use them frequently after karate practice to come into a quiet gentleness. I have 14; mostly antiques. Look at: http://www.himalayanbowls.com for some lovely examples and on sale!
    the bowls are an amazing tool. I am a 2nd level Reiki practicioner and they help me centr my projected healing.

    michael

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    May 18, 2009 at 06:12

  18. Singing bowls are the most beautiful and gentle way to center yourself. I use them frequently after karate practice to come into a quiet gentleness. I have 14; mostly antiques. Look at: http://www.himalayanbowls.com for some lovely examples and on sale!
    the bowls are an amazing tool. I am a 2nd level Reiki practicioner and they help me center my projected healing.

    michael

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    May 18, 2009 at 06:15

  19. Thanks for your post! How can I find a list of hospitals using the Tibetan singing bowls???

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    June 11, 2010 at 04:34

    • In response to your reply, hospitals, unlike Europe, the US market has not yet caught on to the idea. I am working on it, but need more people who are trained in the modality.
      Nada Brahma,
      Margit

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      September 16, 2010 at 15:14

  20. Just a quick reply to all the singing bowls stories — I am a singing bowl practioner — trained in the modality.
    I recently moved moved back to the Dallas area and am in the process of building my network.

    You can check out my site – http://www.americaninstitutesmt.com

    Nada Brahma,
    Margit

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    September 16, 2010 at 15:09

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