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Sound Healing

The 16 Amazing benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls are:

1. Reduces stress and anxiety significantly.

2. Lowers anger and blood pressure.

3. Improves circulation and increases blood flow.

4. Deep relaxation and pain relief.

5. Chakra balancing.

6. Increases mental and emotional clarity.

7. Promotes stillness, happiness and well being.

8. Aides the immune system; fibromyalgia and psoriasis in individuals that meditate.

9. A general sense of uplifting, inspirational, and positive energy.

10. Improvements in mental health.

11. Effective in pain therapy.

12. Increases in oxygen levels in the bloodstream.

13. Stimulates the immune system.

14. Promotes the release of the happiness hormones – endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin.

15. Calms and focuses the mind for meditation.

16. Eases hypertension.

We work with original, hand-beaten tibetan singing bowls with a wide, flared shape.They have a very special, long-lasting sound with beautiful overtones. The edge of the bowl is rather thin. A rubbing stick is provided with all of the bowls.
Tibetan singing bowls made of copper, tin and 8 noble metals (Ag, Ni, Cd, Ru, Pd, Pt, Cr, Mn). Generally we tend not to work with machined bowls as the hand beaten are of much higher quality and sound.

Hand Beaten Singing Bowls

A beaten or hand hammered tibetan singing bowl is made using a hand hammering process. This requires several processes to shape it into a perfect hand hammered singing bowl.

The manufacturers make each singing bowl with seven metals, copper, tin, zinc, iron, lead, gold and silver. They melt the metals in a furnace. The molten metal is then poured into die to prepare a metal mould for the various sizes and weights. Then, they cut the round metal moulds into round metal discs in the required size and thickness. Finally, they hand beat or hammer the discs and categorise them for weight and size.

They pile up several discs, one upon the other, and then heat them so they are red hot. The red hot metal sheets are hammered by a group of expert artisans, as long as the heat remains in the metal. They then reheat the metal to continue the beating process. Eventually they achieve the desired shape and size. However, this repetitive process is why the hammered or beaten singing bowls will all be different from each other in size and diameter.

They can only work on the metal when it is red hot. When the metal cools, it will loose its softness and flexibility, which in turn would make the metal brittle. If worked upon when the metal is too cool the bowl will crack and break.

Singing bowl traditions

Handcrafted singing bowls have been created in family businesses in most South-East Asian countries for centuries.

Today this tradition is still strong, especially in Tibet, Nepal, India, and Japan fueled by increasing demand from the West.

Crystal Singing Bowls

These beautifully crafted crystal singing bowls play with wonderful, powerful, sounds. They are pure powdered quartz crystals which are heated to several thousand degrees. This integrates the individual particles of the quartz powder and a bowl forms. They then individually tune them to a specific musical note.

The size of the bowl affects the pitch.  A small bowl produces a much higher pitched note than the note produced by a large bowl. In general higher pitches have an uplifting, cleansing effect whilst lower pitches tend to be more relaxing and grounding. We all respond differently to particular sounds, and so the effect on individuals of the same bowl can be quite different.

Sound two or more crystal bowls together and the sound waves weave and mingle with each other to form beautiful flowing harmonics. That is provided they are harmoniously tuned together. These harmonics surround us and the vibrations will have different effects on different people depending what is happening in their lives. In therapy, the healing tones of the quartz crystal bowls are mainly used to help re-balance and harmonise.

It is best for you and anyone in the proximity of the bowl if you don’t play it for longer than 15 – 20 minutes at a stretch.  Take a break of at least 15 minutes so as to not overloaded the body with energy. Players often forget that they are also receiving an energy treatment! Always have the highest intention in your mind at the outset of playing as the bowl becomes an extension of you while you are playing it.

You will probably get the best results if you take some time to prepare yourself before sounding a crystal bowl. A simple breathing exercise can help.  You may wish to visualize the colour that corresponds to the bowl or surround yourself with pure white light.

Tingsha Bells

Tingsha Bells  are used as musical offerings in spiritual practices, and during meditation practice, at regular intervals, in order to maintain concentration. “Musical offerings” are common in puja (praying rituals) and a number of instruments are used: bells, drums, cymbals and horns. Musical offerings are indeed standard in many Tibetan Buddhist and Hindi rituals. Today they are used by these and lay people alike. They are used with Feng Shui, meditation, cleansing, healing and alignment.

Strike the hand cymbals together and a beautiful, clear, high note will rise from them, clearing the air and creating an extraordinary stillness. The scintillating tone of the tingsha instantly strikes a resonance within the human heart. Their purpose is to summon, and they call us to awareness, to remember who we are, and to recognize our priorities in this often turbulent and illusive world. When they are suspended horizontally and struck together, a delightful, oscillating wave of sound seems to pass between them as they reverberate at a high frequency, creating an impressive symphony of haunting sounds.
Tingshas are also used in Feng Shui to clear the energy present in a room and “open” it by sounding the tingshas in the four corners of a room. A great way to clear energy when smudging is not appropriate!

By healing or balancing auric fields, they are also used to define the beginning and the end of a period of meditation. Some say the use of tingshas is like a summons. It brings us into the here and now.

The casting may include decoration of the upper surfaces – usually depicting dragons, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”, the Tibetan eight auspicious symbols or just plain.

Each tingsha is individually sand cast of a variety of metals, typically from a minimum of three. Most cymbals are made of bronze, consisting of copper and tin primarily, with small amounts of nickel occasionally added.

Dorje & Bell

The Dorje (or: Vajra) and Bell are ritual objects that are used in Tibetan Buddhist practices, like pujas. The Dorje represents compassion, the purest form of male energy. The Bell represents wisdom, the purest form of female energy. The use of both Dorje and Bell together, is to remind us to unite compassion with wisdom, the correct view of reality. This bell can be used to mark the beginning and ending of a meditation session, or it can be used as a handbell.

Bells are also used in Feng Shui to clear the energy present in a room and “open” it by sounding the bell in the four corners of a room. A great way to clear energy when smudging is not appropriate! 

Zenergy Chime

We live in a vast ocean of sound. But what is the sound made by a single drop of water? Just a gentle tap with the mallet and the Woodstock Zenergy Chime emits a powerful tone of singular beauty that lasts and lasts. Sounds like this are often used in meditation and healing, because they help us to focus and redirect our attention to the sounds within. The resonating sound not only calms and refocuses the individual, but can also focus a group. As such, it’s an effective way to start a class, meeting, yoga practice or call guests to dinner.

Temple Bells quintet

Bells have been used throughout the ages to accompany dance, to provide comfort and to warn of possible danger. The Chinese were the first to control the pitch or note of a bell, making it possible for them to play tunes. Soon bells were being used to accompany worship. On New Year’s Eve the bells in Buddhist temples are rung 108 times, once for each of the 108 worldly desires.

In the East bells have become very important and are often decorated with significant symbols. For centuries, tuned bells have been suspended in homes and temples to ward off evil and attract good luck and prosperity. Woodstock Temple Bells are inspired by these ancient bells and work in harmony with the wind to create gentle, soothing tones.

This bell is designed to hang from a string loop, rather than an O-ring.  

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