Have You Tried a Sound Bath?

In my lifetime, I’ve tried plenty of questionable, new age-y things. I’ve given into many trends championed by the wellness industry, but I’ve never experienced a sound bath. I had no idea what a sound bath even entailed until the other day when someone asked me if I’d been to one.

After doing some research, I discovered that sound baths are essentially a meditation technique that uses different noises to help relieve stress. Various instruments create the noises from tuning forks to gongs, and the aim is to induce a deep sense of relaxation. As for the “bath” bit, it’s got nothing to do with water. The term’s used in a more figurative sense as participants “bathe” in sound.

Sound baths are supposedly a good option if you’re new to meditating since you don’t need to try too hard to reach a deep meditative state. The beauty of the whole process is that you don’t do anything besides lie down and hear the various sounds that are said to open up your chakras.

I’m still sceptical. There are numerous ways to immerse yourself in the sounds and vibrations of the universe. Do you really need to participate in a sound bath to procure all the benefits? I’m available to be enlightened.