This is a field which is full of surprises! There are alternative and holistic practices with crystal bowls. Crystal singing bowls have their role in eclectic areas of human life. They occupy a place in the discord of our lives, in medical institutions or in the area of young people with autistic disorders, etc. The dynamic specificity of their spiral, multi-directional sounds envelops the whole body. They increase the vibratory rate and lead to calm and focused states of being. There is no absolute need to ‘play’ with the intensity. The power and finesse of their vibrations is expressed through a dance of subtlety and lightness. The voice can easily be added in syntony. It amplifies the play of harmonies. Experience one of the most wonderful manifestations of dynamic sonology: Cristal’Vibraphonie
Crystal bowls harmonise emotional states and deeply relax the body and mind:
Sound bowls have a long tradition in oriental countries (Tibet, India, etc.) They link together sound, spirituality and medicine. According to various oriental religions, sound is at the origin of creation. Here, sound and music are sacred. Crystal singing bowls enable the brain to reach alpha state rapidly. When the brain’s waves are in alpha state, the nervous system ‘relaxes’. This allows us to dissolve tension and boost the immune system.
Sonology is based on the properties of sound and on the phenomenon of body resonance. It is important to know that these sound frequencies nurture a state of deep relaxation. They slow down our breathing, heart beat and blood pressure. This helps us to attain a deep ‘letting go’, on physical, mental and psychic levels. In the face of the frenetic pace of modern life, they have become quality instruments of the well-being which is crucial to our health.
We have observed that the use of crystal bowls is an effective aid in all sorts of therapeutic sessions involving sound therapy. The aims may vary, for example to relieve stress and anxiety, Or for certain attention or sleep disorders. Sound therapy has also proved its use in coma awakening, in psychiatry and with teenagers who are unresponsive to classical relaxation or sophrology, for instance
The simple fact of soothing a spinning mind, relaxing deeply and entering the spiral of multi-dimensional sounds of the crystal bowls, enables us to get in touch with our innermost being. These unique sounds trigger our ability to self-heal and free creative energies. In receptive people, they open up the feeling of being connected to a ‘great All’, in a timeless perception, which facilitates the harmony of body, emotions and thoughts while bringing a global sense of well-being.
The use of singing bowls in people with decreasing independence:
The use of sound instruments as therapeutic aids helps elderly people alleviate isolation. An adverse isolation that they have sometimes been locked into. By offering sound activities to residents, retirement homes create group dynamics and so facilitate social bonds. Moreover, crystal bowls foster inquisitiveness. Their sound spirals are dynamic and the sensory impressions they provoke are multifaceted and fascinating. They encourage people to express their emotion
Projects which involve this type of intermediary are focused on the individual and on the group. They take the importance of the intermediary object into account, in addition to each opening to relationships, the senses and memory. A session with crystal bowls, like music therapy, draws on all the sensory and emotional aspects. These spaces generate desire. They are also a source of pleasure. For people with cognitive or neuro-degenerative disorders, sounds have particularly beneficial and long-lasting results, without halting the pathological process, of course.
Hervé Platel is a professor in neuropsychology at the INSERM research unit 1077, at Caen University. He was one of the first to identify the cerebral networks involved in the perception and memorisation of sounds and music, in particular with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Music captures our attention easily, as soon as there is music in our surroundings, our brain synchronises very naturally. The entry paths of music to our brains are far more complex than those of speech, for example, and draw on different areas of the brain. Music stimulates, relaxes and relieves pain, but can also increase the plasticity of the brain and provoke changes in synaptic connections.
The use of crystal singing bowls in young people with an autistic disorder:
Certain sound therapy practitioners already use crystal bowls, for example with children or adults suffering from these disorders. They have observed that with ‘a weekly session, parents notice a decrease in certain violent acts and anxiety attacks. In certain cases, it is possible to reduce treatment such as Risperdal® (2nd generation-antipsychotics neuroleptics) or sleep medication.’ (2 September 2015 -SON’HARMONIA) Certain studies demonstrate that sound and music therapy could help children suffering from forms of autism.
It helps to improve certain skills. For example, social interaction, verbal communication and socio-emotional reciprocity. These therapeutic intermediaries may also help to improve non-verbal communication skills in a therapeutic context. (Geretsegger M, Elefant C, Mössler KA, Gold C, Principal review group for Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems). An encouraging prospect! For therapists as much as parents who can also experience easier relations with their child.
There are many fields of assistance today where crystal singing bowls play a key role. For example, in supporting major life changes, existential intervals or simply in daily practice (meditation, relaxation, prayer, etc.). Dr Mitchell L. Gaynor included crystal bowls in the clinical protocol of his cancer patients (Sounds of Healing, Broadway Books). Moreover, he obtained impressive results. Sound, voice and music are powerful vectors of well-being. They can be used to restore body balance, emotional states and foster the awakening of the mind.