In the modern world that is filled with countless stressors, it is more important now than ever to take care of your health. Stress and anxiety, as we all know, have a terrible impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Fortunately, there are all types of ways you can ward them off and ensure the optimal functioning of your body, mind, and spirit.
One such way is to take a sound bath. It is a relatively new entrant to the self-care scene, but one that is quickly becoming a favorite of many.
Artizara’s focus goes beyond selling Muslim clothing or Islamic jewelry. Our brand is centered around building a community. To bring together the community, it is important that we continue to raise awareness about our health and wellness.
On January 21, 2021, we kicked start the year with an introduction to a ‘Sound Bath’ session, hosted by Alice Wu, Founder of Woo Woo Company via Instagram Live @artizarafashion. For those who missed the session, we wanted to provide you with an overview of a sound bath and its healing abilities.
What Is A Sound Bath?
A sound bath is a practice where a sound therapist guides you into a meditative state using special ambient sounds. It is called a 'sound bath' because you are essentially engulfed in sound during the practice, just as you're engulfed in water while taking a water bath. During a sound bath session, you are either lying down on a yoga mat or seated on cushions with your eyes closed.
Although this practice has become popular only recently, it has been in existence since ancient times. Many cultures around the world have been known to use different types of sounds to heal the body and mind. They also use these sounds to remove negative energy from a surrounding, thus purifying it. The most common example that is often cited is that of Tibetan monks and the singing bowls that they use.
Also, if you have ever listened to beautiful music on your speakers and felt happy, exuberant, and blissful, you have already experienced the effects of a sound bath. When you're in the moment, enjoying your favorite music with every cell of your body, it is similar to being in a meditative state.
The Healing Effects of Sound Baths
The healing effects of sound baths have been well understood throughout centuries by many different cultures. Now, even scientific studies have confirmed these benefits.
According to a study published in 2016, sound baths can help with stress, fatigue, and even signs of depression. They are beneficial, especially when it comes to stress. As we all know, stress is a silent killer that gives rise to several physical ailments such as diabetes, irregular blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma. It can even lead to obesity, which is another common underlying cause of physical problems.
Another study conducted in 2016 tested the feelings of the participants before and after a sound bath session. As you would expect, they found that tension and anxiety were greatly reduced while the mood of the said participants improved dramatically.
In 2018, researchers conducted an even more rigorous study that included 60 people who were about to undergo surgery. Half of them were given a sound bath before their surgery while the rest were not. They found that the group that received a sound bath had lower levels of anxiety than the other group. This was tested based on their heart rate and other vitals.
So, it would be safe to say that taking sound baths from time to time can be beneficial for your mind and body. A sound bath can make you feel more replenished, peaceful, calmer, happier, and better equipped to take on the challenges of the day.
Here at Artizara, we are committed to enriching your life and supporting you in improving your health and wellness. Follow us on social media to find out more about our next virtual sessions.