Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

There is no right or wrong way to carry out the sound healing process and no pressure either. You will develop your own sound healing language that is unique to only you, so have fun finding your voice! Below are some tips to help guide you to provide your clients with a thoroughly relaxing experience.

  • Remember to breathe! When you’re relaxed, the client is relaxed and vice versa. Take the moments of silence to gather yourself, catch your breath and relax your shoulders.
  • Maintain a connection to the client throughout.
  • When you strike the bowls, visualise the sending the healing energy in the direction of your client.
  • Don’t stop the bowls or tingshas from singing during the session; stopping the sound is like stopping the energy flow.
  • If you’re conducting a one-to-one session on hard flooring, wear socks to minimise your noise.
  • Have a way of keeping time during the session, this might be a clock or your phone (turned completely silent).
  • Think about your personal health and safety, and consider your lower back, legs, hips etc when getting up and down to the bowls.
  • Remove the F bowl once the session is complete for the client to sit and move easily. They will most likely forget they have a bowl between their feet by the end of the session.
  • Practice playing your rimming bowl.
  • If you mis-strike a bowl, strike it again.
  • Don’t stand the mallets on their heads, lay them down flat to avoid them knocking into the bowls or landing with a thud if they fall – remember to disappear during the session!
  • Sessions with pregnant women or epileptics require a cautious approach. Please ask for advice should you need it.
  • If the client is taking any medication and is more sensitive to the sound of the bowls, place the bowls further from their body.
  • As a therapist, you should not wear noisy jewellery, loose trousers or anything you can trip up on, or anything that makes a noise as you move. The therapist should disappear during the healing session and be as silent as possible.
  • Keep in mind that sometimes musicians and therapists may have difficulty letting go with this type of therapy. Musicians try to figure out what notes you’re playing, and therapists aren’t used to receiving.
  • Clear energy centres and organs with the tingshas.
  • The tingshas only need a gentle tap. If using them at the end of a session, keep the volume low as the client will be very relaxed and you don’t want to make them jump to wake up.
  • There may be physical body feedback from your client, this means that the energy is shifting and being released through any of the following:
    • Swallowing
    • Rapid Eye Movement (REM) – up and down is said to mean they’re going into their subconscious. Side to side is said to mean they’re going into a light trance.
    • Coughing
    • Sneezing
    • Laughing
    • Crying
    • Snoring
    • Tummy rumbling
    • Passing wind
    • Burping
    • Breathing changes
    • Heart rate changes
    • Body twitches
    • You might experience a physical reaction during the session from them

Further Optional Healing Tips

  • Use vegetables as a mallet to diffuse aromas (carrots, ginger etc).
  • Create your own mallet with dry leaves.
  • Distance healing – think about the person/situation/place/planets/animals and dedicate the sound healing for [XXX] purpose.
  • Speak in/to your bowl, place intentions or words to spread and magnify the healing energy.
  • Move your mouth in an ‘O’ shape close to the lip of the bowl to create extra harmony.
  • When playing the rimming bowl, move the mallet anti-clockwise to cleanse the chakras or clockwise to open and activate the chakras. Alternatively, set your intention and what works for you.
  • You can place the client’s head according to the magnetic pull of the earth, meridians or ley lines. Head facing to the north/north east helps with energising. Head facing to the south/south west helps with relaxation.