Therapies

Sound massage by Hans de Back Therapies

What are Tibetan singing bowls?

Duration

90 minutes

Price

€ 70,-

Sound Massage

The Tibetan singing bowls originate from the Himalayan mountains and are used there primarily by shamans during their harmonising rituals, by monks for their voice training exercises and ritual offers, as well as by the local people who eat and drink out of them. The singing bowls are composed of seven metals, including gold, silver and copper. Shamanism and Buddhism are an integral part of the oriental way of life. It incorporates besides holy worship also philosophy, morals, ethics and a healing method. Meditation, yoga, reincarnation and identification with nature are for them normal instead of supernatural. Their starting point is the senses while ours more often concerned with intellect.

What is a sound massage?

A sound massage is an acoustic, vibratory experience. You are literally touched by sound in an agreeable way. You do not have to “believe” to be able to experience the effect.

All classical religions and esoteric groups are agreed on the fact that everything in nature is made up of vibrations. Even the present scientific community is beginning to accept this idea. Sound is the audible part of vibration. You could say that the whole of creation is music solidified, and that includes mankind. Since sounds and vibrations made by classical instruments, such as the gong, singing bowl, tingsha's, drum, sitar and such others, are capable without any distortion or disharmony of penetrating deep into substances, and are able to pass on perfectly the ancient retained information without any deformation to the material, a reorganisation may occur in the material thereby stimulating self-correcting characteristics. Just as water, due to its special characteristics, is capable of dissolving certain substances and, as a direct consequence, cleans anyone who immerses oneself in it, regardless of the attitude of the person concerned, similarly certain sounds, due to their own characteristics, have a harmonising effect, regardless of someone’s personal opinions or attitudes.

The body can be likened to an instrument; if your instrument is not properly tuned then the skills you have learnt will not produce the desired sound and will as a consequence harvest irritation, instead of success.

Just as a well-tuned instrument is a pleasure to the ear so is a sound massage a pleasure for body, mind and spirit.

How does a sound massage work?
A sound massage that I usually perform uses for the most part a Chinese gong which has a diameter of 115 cm, 16 large singing bowls, 1 pair of tingsha's and finishes with a manual neck massage. For some sound massages I substitute 1 large singing bowl for the 16 pieces.

After the gong meditation you will be asked to take place on a comfortable table. 14 singing bowls will encircle you and 2 will be placed on your body and will be caused to vibrate by using a soft mallet and a rubbing stick. The bowls each have different tones; higher tones by the head, moving down in tone towards the feet. The sound of these bowls produces a deep relaxation. The acoustic vibrations help the body to rediscover its own natural harmony.

The tingsha’s [small meditation bell cymbals] encourage you to resurface from your deep inner self to return to the physical place where the session is being given.

With the addition of the neck massage, a moment of stillness is created, which seamlessly knits in with the session, whereby you will feel understood instead of misread.

It is preferable to wear loose fitting clothes. The session lasts about 75 minutes.