The larger bowls produce very low hum tones which are very soothing. This 29cm diameter antique bowl emits a fundamental note of F three octaves below middle C! These deep vibrational tones work wonders when employed directly on or near the body, as a subtle sonic massage. Two almost-equally pitched bowls placed beside either ear create binaural beat frequencies, which directly affect the two hemispheres of the brain with frequencies similar to those of alpha-waves present in altered states of consciousness. Some practitioners employ bowls in chakra therapy and sound healing to stimulate and correct the rotations of the various chakras. Resting a bowl directly on the body works best, although getting a bowl to stay on the chest or stomach can be tricky. If you have a friend to help, try lying on your front with them holding and stroking the bowl on your back or shoulders - heavenly! Alternatively, try sitting with your back leaning against a wall and legs flat on the floor, with the bowl on your thighs above the knees; the oscillations can be felt clearly in your toes! This can be self-administered, and is often easier and more effective to use a large furry beater to strike the bass tone. I find that lying down for ten minutes gently striking a bowl on my solar plexus is an amazingly effective cure for indigestion.
Not for the faint-hearted, for a complete immersion, place the bowl
upside down over your head (bowl must be bigger than head!) and rub the stick
back and forth instead of all the way round, while holding the centre of the
bowl firmly onto the top of your head with the other hand. This produces very
intense vibrations through the skull and down the spine, so do be careful;
maybe use some soft material to cushion it slightly to prevent headache.
Do not strike bowl with a hard beater, or deafness may occur.
In medieval times, as a method of torture, they used to put your head inside
a large bell and ring it.
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