Singing Bowls, also know as rin gongs, Himalayan or Tibetan Bowls or suzu gongs are considered to be a type of “bell”. Although rather than hanging it upside down with a handle like a traditional bell, these bowls sit just like a regular bowl. Vibrational sounds are produced by moving a wooden mallet along the sides and rim in a circular rythmic fashion which creates a harmonic frequency. These frequencies are not just heard by the ear, but “felt” by the mind, body and spirit. The tradition of making bronze bowls goes back to 3000 years ago, ironically to the “Bronze Age”. Historically, these bowls have been used throughout Asia, Nepal, China and Japan.
A westernized version of the bronze bowl is a Crystal Bowl, made with laser like precision, produce pure tone frequencies which invoke calm, peace and stillness in the listener. These crystal bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz which is ground to a fine powder and fused together in a centrigual mold at 4000 degrees. These bowls come in a variety of sizes from 6 to 24 inches in diameter and are also available in frosted or clear. Absolute purity of the powdered quartz crystals is required to make the bowls. Where the small bowls are high in pitch, like a bell, the larger bowls produce deep, low pitch tones. The sounds on the crystal bowls are produced by running a rubberized mallet around the outside rim.
The crystal and bronze bowls produce sounds so melodic that they are often used for meditation, music and relaxation. Many different types of professionals use the bowls for healing. Kenton is obviously one of those professionals while also creating a unique spin on the art of bowl playing.
Some practitioners even use the sounds to treat severe illnesses as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Mitchell Gaynor., director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center is known for using these singing bowls in his practice with cancer patients. He is also the author of the book called “The Healing Power of Sound.
“My patients’ as well as my own experiences with quartz crystal bowls strongly support the hypothesis that the overtones they produce have resonant and healing properties unlike anything we have encountered. The bowls emit tones that resonate with the human voice. The sounds permeate our systems, resonating with our essence, so that inner chaos, conflict, and dissonance seem almost immediately to be transformed into harmony.” Dr Mitchell Gaynor, MD, The Healing Power of Sound
Where Can I Buy Singing Bowls?
We know when you hear them that you want to get some of your own and play too. Good News! You can. Just go to the “Buy Bowls” link under our SHOP heading. Yes, we know, we like checking them out and getting more too.