Sound Baths: Soothing Stress With Sound

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There are many strategies that can help reduce stress, from meditation to guided imagery. One of the simplest and most pleasurable is simply to take a bath — a sound bath, that is.

Sara Auster, sound therapist and meditation teacher, describes a sound bath — a form of sound therapy — as “a meditative event, intentionally using sound to invite therapeutic or restorative effects.”

But it’s not music as you know it. The differences, Auster observes, “are in application, motive, and intention.”

And the sounds, says Nate Martinez, certified sound therapy practitioner and founder of NTM Sound, “tend to be more open and dronelike and less structured compared with traditional music, where rhythm, melody, harmony, and arrangement define the form.”

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