Just like the perfect music can help you focus on an intense project or power you through spin class, some sounds can have the inverse effect: relaxation.
From ambient noise and tonal frequency apps to sound baths with live music from crystal quartz bowls, chimes, and gongs, various types of sound therapy have been shown to reduce pain, alleviate anxiety, and improve sleep.
How? As Shawn J. Moore, a sound-therapy practitioner with the Westside’s Sacred Chill West explains, “the right sound waves and frequencies activate the parasympathetic nervous system and get the body to a space of rest and relaxation, like a deep sleep.” The practice is cranking up around town, and Danielle Hall, founder of SoundEmbrace (run out of the Center for Love and Light near Emory), even sells sound-healing instruments and is developing an app. But there’s no replacing the in-person experience. Here are three spots to give it a try:
A 40-minute immersive sound bath utilizing gongs, drums, and quartz bowls for gentle relaxation
$25, select Wednesday evenings, 1145 Zonolite Road
Sacred Chill West
A 45-minute sound bath with Tibetan bowls, gongs, and more to elicit a deep state of meditation
$22, Thursdays, 7:45 p.m., 2030 Bolton Road
Intown Salt Room
A 30-minute musical “massage” via headphones and a chair that emits low-frequency vibrations
$30, appointments preferred but walk-ins welcome, 563 Memorial Drive
This article appears in our November 2019 issue.