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Singing Bowl Therapy

Besides playing lovely sounds, you may be wondering “What are singing bowls used for?” Singing bowl therapy is a modern way of describing an ancient sound healing practice. Modern because the term “singing bowl” is modern, ancient because the use of metallic objects to produce healing sounds goes back millennia. Addressing physical and psychological issues through the use of sound has moved from the purely esoteric to the area known as CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). Sound healing studies are being done and positive results have been reported. Because of their unique sonic characteristics, singing bowls’ healing properties are a part of this wider exploration.

Singing Bowl Therapy for PTSD

Dr Michael GrodinIn Boston Dr Michael Grodin has been using Tibetan singing bowls as part of a therapeutic regime for relieving post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Tibetan monk refugees. The sound of the singing bowls is used to help reconnect the monks with their heart energies for complete sound healing.

Dr. Grodin uses the sound therapy singing bowls both in traditional ways, as cues into and out of meditation, and in a more Western way akin to the “sound bath” described below.

This example of Tibetan sound bowl therapy shows that the bowls can be used to facilitate emotional balancing, an aspect of sound healing.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Healing

Buddhist body-oriented psychotherapist Victoria (Tory) Wolf Capron has a practice in Boulder, Co. where she uses the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, and gongs. Her Golden Bowl Sangha combines Buddhist teachings, nature spirituality, shamanic journeying, western psychology, and a supportive community. Tory finds when one is working on expanding one’s awareness out into space the sound of the gong, following the sound out into space, is very helpful. She uses Tibetan singing bowl sounds as a way for students to feel energy, move it in their chakras, and help them become embodied and spacious at the same time.

Boost Your Brain Power

There are some very interesting studies linking the ability to distinguish and sequence tones to improved memory and mental clarity. The underlying mechanism might well be as simple as the process of listening enhances blood flow to the parts of the brain that support these capabilities.

Brain Speed TestMy own experience with singing bowl sound therapy is that they are wonderful tools for improving mental clarity and powers of concentration. There are times when I spend hours ringing bowls intensely focused on discerning the sounds and I’d have to say that I come out of these periods with a sort of renewed mental vigor. Posit Science, one of the leading companies in the “brain improvement” market has a brain speed test using tones you can try on the internet as well as a research section where you can find articles on the subject. Learn more about the science of sound therapy singing bowls below.

The Tomatis Method

One of the most respected pioneers of sound healing therapy was Alfred Tomatis a French doctor who died in 2001 after a long career. Tomatis believed that improving the ability to perceive fine distinctions in sound could provide relief for a wide variety of ailments. He theorized that people lost the ability to hear specific frequencies due to associated trauma and exposure to overly loud noise, especially in young children. The loss of the ability to hear these frequencies was caused by muscles in the inner ear that no longer operated within their full range of motion.

Tomatis developed sonic equipment and used music to re-train people’s minds and loosen frozen muscles in the inner ear. His methods were not applicable to people with hearing loss due to damage to the structures of the ear, especially the cillia of the Cochlea (the most common reason for hearing loss in adults). Still the idea any hearing loss could be psychologically mediated and reversible was groundbreaking. His method has been adapted by and expanded on by many practitioners around the world. You can’t go to a sound bowl therapy conference without hearing about him.

I have an acquaintance in the UK, a musician, who went to Paris for a series of sessions with Tomatis. She had been substantially deaf in one ear since childhood. Being fluent in French, she was able to converse with Dr. Tomatis who told her he could help but was unlikely to be able to facilitate a full recovery due to the length of time from the initial trauma. Nonetheless, she made significant progress and feels that all the improvement has stayed with her.

The Davis Model of Sound Intervention℠

Dorinne Davis expanded on Dr Tomatis’ contention that “the voice can only produce the harmonics that the ear is able to perceive” to the idea that the ear also emits the same stressed frequencies that are in the voice. When complementary frequencies are reintroduced to the ear, the brain sends correcting responses to the body. The changes that result can be measured in the voice. Improved sonic coherence can resolve a variety of health and cognitive issues. The Key to The Davis method is finding the right sound-based therapies to balance the connections between the voice, ear and brain so that the body can self-heal. For some this is simply finding the right frequency or frequencies for each individual; for others it can be more involved

Dorinne developed the Ototoner device, hardware for utilizing the voice-ear-brain connection to achieve self-healing. Her patent application says it captures the audio emissions of at least one ear, determines a frequency spectrum of the audio emissions, identifies a peak frequency and produces at least one audio signal in response to the peak frequency.

Dorinne’s focus has moved from hearing and speech issues to learning, development and wellness challenges since I first encountered her work in 2006. She operates The Davis Center for sound therapy in Succasunna, NJ.

More on Sound Healing:

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You are in excellent hands here with Ryan if you are just embarking on your singing bowl journey.I came knowing I wanted a deep resonant bowl or two when I initially reached out. This began a months' long dialogue with Ryan, who was nothing but patient and generous with his time, sending me recordings of additional bowls not on the website and answering my many questions. Over this period, I spent hours listening to dozens of bowls, beginning to figure out what resonated most with me and expanding my search from there. I ended up putting together a small set. When I found a few bowls I was pretty sure I wanted to be the core of this set, Ryan offered to put them on hold for me while I spent some more time listening to additional bowls. So whether you know exactly what you want, or you just have a vague inclination and see yourself at the beginning of a journey--like I was--you have come to a good place.When I finally made up my mind and ordered my bowls, they arrived impeccably packed and already sounding familiar after having spent months listening to their recordings. I have been very happy with them. In the months since, I have spent many hours playing them, and have even added a couple more. I am still on that Journey I began a year ago, and I continue to value the care and patience that Ryan puts into his work as a guide along my path.
Philip MartinPhilip Martin
23:15 08 Mar 24
I heard about singing bowls many years ago but stored their existence in memory. I recently heard what they sounded like on a recording, which piqued my interest. I began looking into where I could obtain some of these bowls and found many options on the internet. I decided on Best Singing Bowls. The website has many different bowls that allow searching for specific notes, octaves, types of bowls, and much more. The website has an image of the bowl and two soundtracks that let you hear what the bowl sounds like. I found this very helpful and received help from Best Singing Bowls on how to play the bowls, the types of ringers and mallets, and the bowl's history. I asked many questions because I knew little about singing bowls. Delivery of the orders came exceptionally fast. I will look to Best Singing Bowls for future additions and ask for the promptly answered guidance I found immeasurably helpful. I found the entire experience very straightforward and seamless. The website has a vast amount of information on the many tabs related to singing bowls.
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03:56 12 Feb 24
This was the best shopping experience I have ever had online. Ryan has provided an exceptional customer service. He replied to all my questions timely and his suggestions helped me to find the perfect addition to my set. I am very satisfied with the quality and the sound of my newly acquired ancient singing bowls. I received them within a few days of the purchase. Thank you, Ryan!
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13:32 14 Dec 23
Ryan provides outstanding customer service, quality bowls, and every accessory you might need at highly competitive prices. I've purchased his precision mallet set which is a must for anybody serious about getting the most out of their instruments, in addition to a number of other accessories. I recently purchased a large jambati and Ryan answered all my questions quickly and courteously. He has always shipped items quickly and is a man of his word. You can feel confident doing business with him. On top of this, he has one of the best websites in the business for sorting through his expansive inventory. If you're considering buying anything from him, you should not hesitate!
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07:03 22 Nov 23
The very experience of choosing the singing bowls was a pleasure; not only are the audio recordings of the bowls extremely high quality, the collector Ryan himself kindly offered to help me a lot in choosing the right bowls.The shipment arrived quickly, even across the Atlantic.I am absolutely delighted with the singing bowls I bought! The richness of sound and resonances is extraordinary. And all this for a fairly affordable price.Ryan thank you!
Laurie LowenLaurie Lowen
12:29 03 Nov 23
Ryan will answer every question that you have honestly and knowledgeably.He has gathered the best and largest collection of antique Tibetan Singing Bowls in the world.He has a huge inventory that is all cataloged with musical chakra note(s), vibration in hertz, condition, decoration, inscription and includes actual sound for you to listen to the bowl being used with a beater and with a wand. He has tons of wands and beaters to choose from, including those handmade by Frank Perry the world’s leading authority on Himalayan bowls in England.I started with one bowl and was so happy with it and what it did for my life, that over the past two years, I now have six bowls that I have gotten from Ryan. I love every single bowl and play them all every day just for me.These Tibetan bowls are way more powerful than the crystal bowls that are in vogue. Crystal bowls are machine made and have no history. The bowls that Ryan collects and sells are full of old wisdom and energy and years of use. If you listen while you play one, you will receive information and understanding and they will actually tell you how to play them and talk to you. I am a shamanic drum practitioner for the last 30 years and these are one of the best tools in addition to drums for healing that I have ever used. If you are ready to open yourself and receive healing and peace….get one of these bowls. I can guarantee you this as that has happened to me. You will find there is one there that is calling you. Blessings to whoever reads this🙏
Lisa BushmanLisa Bushman
21:26 17 Jan 23
Ryan has helped me develop a set of singing bowls for my sound studio in OH. He has a large selection of bowls and they have great sound quality. Love working with him!
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19:22 28 Nov 22
I have been collecting antique singing bowls for over 10 years and just recently discovered Best Singing Bowls’ online store. In a short time, it has become my go-to for finding new bowls that add interest to my singing bowl arrangements. BSB’s inventory is quite large and includes types of antique bronze bowls with different geometries and thicknesses I haven’t seen or listened to before.At first, I was drawn just to familiar jambati and thadobati bowls, but after exploring other possibilities I have become a fan of the otherly-appearing trapezoid bowl. The first one I selected sounds cold as steel and reminds me of the clang of a temple bell I heard every day I was in Varanasi 24 years ago. Another small trapezoid I found has a tone similar to its thadobati companions and contributes a well-tuned 5th octave G#, the new crowning high note of my bowl set.My singing bowl experience has also been enlivened by the Best Singing Bowls Precision Mallet sets. The weights and hardness’s of the mallet heads are designed to produce varying tone colors for small, medium and large bowls. The length and balance of the stick handles make it easier for me to reach bowls and strike them accurately in a timely way with less effort than before. They are fun to use and have mostly replaced my use of other strikers. I love to play the bowls and listen to their tones and harmonics interacting to create kaleidoscopic, resonant patterns that gradually fade away into silence when playing stops. For me, it is an exquisite and deeply comforting sound (and no sound) experience.As others mention, the sound recordings and detailed physical descriptions on the website make it easy to compare bowls and select one that best suits your needs. I’ve also found BSB’s customer support to be very responsive and helpful. Pricing is quite reasonable and return policies are buyer-friendly. Highly recommended!
Dylan TweneyDylan Tweney
18:12 23 Jun 22
Ryan has an amazing collection of singing bowls (which I mostly use as bells) and he's really helpful at providing personalized advice and guidance on which ones to select. I have bought two bowls from him so far and they are magnificent: they produce a variety of resonant sounds with long sustain and great complexity. I also really appreciate his efforts to provide accurate descriptions and high-quality sound files for each bowl.
Mel JonesMel Jones
15:57 13 Apr 22
Just wanted to say thank you for the speedy delivery. The bowls are both wonderful and a great addition to my small but happy collection. Appreciate the service.
Sara JennenSara Jennen
13:12 05 Apr 22
I was looking for a singing bowl. Started by looking at new bowls that were priced ridiculously and were obviously factory produced. I stumbled upon this site and filled out the contact form. Ryan got back to me within a few hours. He travels the world to collect antique bowls. He is obviously knowledgeable and passionate about the work he does. After a conversation where he learned a little about me and my intended use of the bowls, I ended up letting him select 3 for me from his extensive collection. I received manipuri bowls that sound magnificent. I have already begun incorporating them into my yoga and meditation practice. I intend to add to my collection over time. I hope that someday I can visit California to select my bowls in person....or maybe even Nepal;) Sat Nam.
Patty CarmodyPatty Carmody
23:54 28 Mar 22
I have been wanting to own a singing bowl for a long time and finally have received a beautiful one from Ryan. His website is interesting on its own for history and detailed knowledge and also has the capability of playing the different tones the bowls can produce. Mine was very true to that sound. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated Ryan’s patience and assist in choosing a bowl and the correct mallets. Mine has a low resonance with higher overtones depending on how it is played and is absolutely beautiful. All of his bowls are antique so you don’t have to worry about whether it is a “new” one made to look old. Everything in the process from beginning to end was a pleasure. No worries and the bowls arrived safe and sound (0h - that’s a good pun ha!) Thank you Ryan!
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