Amy creates an environment that is intended to be comfortable, welcoming, and has several options including weighted blankets, reclining chairs, noise reduction earphones, yoga props, and fluffy blankets. There won’t be any chanting. This is not based on a specific yogic path, you can move around, and self-inquiry and your comfort are encouraged and supported.
Let’s first talk about the vagus nerve. “In your ear, there’s the vestibulocochlear nerve, which connects to the vagus nerve, the major parasympathetic nerve in the body,” says Dr. Martinez-Perez. The vagus nerve helps regulate your parasympathetic nervous system and is responsible most of your autonomic systems.
This is important because most of us are over-stimulated and anxious. The sound of the gongs and singing bowls stimulates nerves in your ears, which then stimulates the vagus nerve, causing a relaxation response through your whole body. Your brain goes into theta state (dream like state) after hearing low vibrational sound after 60 to 90 seconds. This, my friends, is a wee bit magical because it allows your body to relax.
These experiences can be enjoyed in a group setting for adults and children, in a customized one-on-one setting, in your home, or incorporated in your next massage.
According to “Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study” by Mary McWalters and Drs. Tamara Goldsby, Michael Goldsby, and Paul Mills “Participants aged 40 to 59 years appeared to especially benefit from the sound meditation. This age group demonstrated the largest reduction in physical pain and a strong reduction in tension, especially for those who were previously naïve to this type of meditation.” (2016).