Ever heard of a crystal sound bath? Think it’s something you might want to try? I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of such a thing. It sounds mystical, and downright enticing.

You may have experienced a sound bath with gongs or Buddhist singing bowls. I have. Yogis have been using these for thousands of years, but a crystal sound bath is different. It’s a sound bath that involves various crystal bowls, and it’s deeply healing.

What exactly is a crystal sound bath?

A crystal sound bath is a form of sound healing. It’s similar to a traditional sound bath, in which a sound healer takes his or her students on a healing journey using the sound vibrations Tibetan singing bowls and a tuning fork.

With a crystal sound bath, the bowls are made of healing crystals. It’s believed that crystal bowls have a more profound effect on the human body because our bodies naturally react better to the crystals in crystal bowls as opposed to the metal in a Tibetan singing bowl.

What does a crystal sound bath session look and feel like?

Think of a candlelit yoga studio, with all the accoutrements of a restorative yoga class. Blankets, bolsters, eye pillows, and lots and lots of gorgeous crystal bowls.

You’ll attend as if you would a yoga class, taking off your shoes, turning off your cell phones, and surrendering your body and mind to the experience. You’ll get as comfortable as possible, and assume whatever position the instructor tells you to take.

You’ll then surrender to the vibrations of the crystal bowls, allowing them to penetrate your being.

Expect to close your eyes, breathe, listen, and drop into a deeply relaxing state of mind and being.

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What’s a crystal sound bath good for?

Like yoga, pranayama, and meditation, a crystal sound bath has many positive health benefits. However, you’ll want to seek out an experienced and qualified practitioner, as crystal sound healing is an art in and of itself.

Let’s take a look at a few ways a crystal sound bath is good for our bodies, minds, and spirits:

Stress Less

Stress is impacting every person on the planet. We’re all connected, and we’re all affected by the way our lifestyle has changed in the throes of modernity. We work too much, we move from point A to point B too fast, and we watch television programming that tells us we need to be more, have more—more, more, more.

However, when immersed in the healing sounds of a crystal sound bath, we realize we don’t need to have or be anything more than what we already are and have.

We get to completely immerse ourselves in the sound vibrations. Everything in the world vibrates, including our bodies. The frequencies and vibrations of the crystal sound baths can help promote relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system in our body.

Read: Stress vs Self-Care: How to Elicit the Relaxation Response

Mindfulness Practice

Sometimes you need a bit of support when learning how to be more mindful. A crystal sound bath can help with this.

Mindfulness is a practice in which we use all of our senses to bring us out of our heads, and into the present moment, but, this isn’t easy for all of us. We may need to practice doing this within the supportive realms of a healing classroom, and/or with an experience that has the power to bring us into the present moment. This is what crystal sound healing does.

After time, say several sessions, your body, mind, and spirit will naturally know what to do. That said, if you really want to dedicate yourself to living mindfully, but need a little support in the beginning stages, you might want to consider investing in a handful of crystal sound healing sessions with a qualified practitioner.

Read: 8 In-the-Moment Techniques to Cultivate Your Mindfulness Practice

Better Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Maybe you’re going through a phase in which deep sleep eludes you. Perhaps you’ve tried everything from melatonin to warm baths with relaxing essential oils only to find you wake up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep, which makes you more stressed than you already are.

It’s a vicious cycle, which is why you need something that’s really going to seep into your bones—a practice that does more than just soothe you in the moment you’re doing it. You want something with positive benefits that will seep into the cells of your being, so that when it’s time to hit the hay, your body’s primed for rest. This is what a crystal sound bath can do for you.

Musical Soul Medicine

The musical medicine you’ll receive will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced, and you may find yourself coming back for more. Crystal sound healing is ideal for those of you looking for an alternative to yoga nidra or just want to add something new to your yoga life.

Be open to the experience, and enjoy the new sense of calm and clarity you’ll receive. A crystal sound bath is a treat for all your senses, and most importantly, your soul.