"Sound baths" are catching on among urbanites seeking meditative experiences.
In New York, Los Angeles and beyond, people are gathering for “sound baths,” group experiences where participants focus on the vibrations of tuning forks and singing bowls.
Wellness expert Debbie Attias recently began hosting sonic meditation sessions in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. “I’m interested in sound healing through listening as well as through expressing and making sound,” she said. “Both bring you fully and completely into the present moment, and when you are in tune, the world becomes synchronistic and your path is made clearer.”
Sound baths are popping up at Twisted Trunk Yoga and Studio Anya, both in Manhattan; at the Wythe Hotel, Maha Rose Center for Healing, and the Brooklyn Zen Center, all in Brooklyn; and at House of Intuition in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Integratron, a domed structure built in the Mojave Desert starting in the 1950s, has lately received a surge of new interest as a sound bath mecca.
While most sound baths take place in multi-functional, holistic health spaces, dedicated studios are starting to appear. Jamie Ford, owner of The Sound Space, describes it as “LA’s only sound bath studio.”
Growing interest in sound baths comes at a time when more people are looking for profound experiences, and seeking out non-religious forms of mindfulness and spirituality.
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that the share of Americans reporting that they feel a “deep sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing” at least weekly rose by 7% from 2007 to 2014, even as the percentage of Americans with a formal religious affiliation declined.
Over the same time period, the percentage of atheists who said they experience a “deep sense of wonder about the universe” at least weekly rose by 17%.
Consumers are seeking novel forms of therapy, meditation and mindfulness practice to counteract always-on lifestyles. For more health trends, read our Future 100 report.