"Wonderful experience. I arrived with pain and left pain free. Thank you!"
"An absolute treat"
"I loved this....I hope the library continues to do similar programs"
These are some of the comments from people who attended the Wellness Wednesdays: "Relax and Restore with Sound Meditation” programs presented by the duo Harmonic Alchemy. Interest is so great that the Library will have the Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls
program (November 7 at 7:00 p.m.) in the auditorium so more can attend. Michelle Clifton, who will be presenting that program, answers basic questions about this old-new healing technique:
1. What is a “sound bath?” Also called “sound meditation” or “sound healing?”
This is a very ancient technique in which one is immersed in sound, one feels the sound throughout one’s entire body as well as hearing it with one’s ears. The vibrational waves of sound are reputed to calm the body and mind and help release tension and stress.
2. How are the sounds made?
Singing bowls (crystal & metal), drums, gongs, bells, chimes and a crystal pyramid may be played. These vessels emit different frequencies, which affect various parts of the body.
3. If I’m going to one, what do I do?
Wear loose clothing, drink plenty of water—as sound waves have greater effect on one who is hydrated. If you’re planning to lie on the floor, which is the custom, bring a yoga mat and blanket and pillow to make yourself comfortable. Arrive early, giving yourself time to settle in and relax. Stay open minded and enjoy!
4. What will I get out of this?
You may simply enjoy the sounds. Think of a beautiful concert. Others may experience a meditative state, leaving them refreshed, calmer and focused. Some even report a diminishment of pain or tension after a sound meditation.
To register for the program, visit our online calendar
, or call us at (914) 422-1480.