John Thatcher, Ph.D., CHT

Oakland, CA



Sound is an ancient and universal form of healing used in many cultures and spiritual traditions around the world. Sound healing touches and transforms us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.  

Crystal singing bowl therapy is a form of sound healing which uses the powerful sound waves of quartz crystal singing bowls to:

·        Relieve stress and induce a deep sense of peace and well-being

·        Engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory, brain and heart rate

·        Change brain wave patterns from the active beta state to the more relaxing alpha and deep meditative theta states

·        Re-harmonize the frequencies and re-balance the energies within the physical and emotional body

·        De-toxify the body from the disharmonious effects of urban sound and vibration

·        Bolster the immune system

·        Reduce pain by disrupting the pain reflex

·        Release stuck energy

·        Energize affirmations

·        Cleanse, balance and energize the chakras

·        Put us in touch with the deep harmony that already inside of us and with deeper reality of which we are a part

·        Clear old or stuck energy in a home or office space and transform  the space with vibrations that are balanced and harmonious

In my sound healing therapy practice, I offer (1) private sessions in which you may enjoy a sound bath/sound massage, (2) guided meditations for groups, and (3) powerful energy clearings for homes and offices.


What is Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Therapy?

  Both science and many spiritual traditions tell us that the whole universe and every part of it are in a constant state of vibratory motion. This includes the human body.  The human body is a dynamic vibrational living matrix in which every cell and molecule is linked. Our physical body and its component organs, regulatory systems, and cells all have vibratory frequencies which optimally are in harmony with each other. However, in our daily lives we are exposed to a vast array of other frequencies and sounds, many of which have a negative influence on our well-being.  As Steven Halpern points out, “We often fail to realize that while the mind can condition itself to ignore obnoxious sounds, the body cannot – the physical organism goes on responding to the ocean of vibrations in which we live.” This constant exposure can alter the normal vibrational patterns in the body, thus causing disharmony in our physical and emotional bodies.  We get “out of tune,” and this can lead to stress and disease.   


Sound therapy is based on the fact that it is possible, through the use of externally created sound that is projected into the dis-eased area, to reintroduce the correct harmonic pattern. As the sound waves enter the body, sympathetic vibrations occurs in its living cells which to restore a healthy balance. This happens through the principle of resonance.  It is also possible to change the different rhythms in the body, such as brainwaves, heartbeat and respiration.  This takes place through the principle of entrainment, in which the more powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object, when projected upon a second object with a similar frequency, will cause the object to vibrate in resonance with the first object.


Singing bowl therapy employs the powerful sound waves and rich harmonic overtones of quartz crystal singing bowls to transform energies, restore balance, and re-establish health. The bowls are made of 99.9% pure quartz, and quartz produces a perfect sine wave, i.e. the sound wave produced stays perfect and doesn’t erode over time.  These pure sound waves move through physical objects and resonate with the human body.  These sound waves are heard not only through the ear but through every cell of our body.  The high water content of the body makes it a conductive medium for vibration, and healthy human tissues are liquid crystalline in nature and thus have resonation potential. Bowl vibrations can help to integrate processes such as growth, injury repair, and functioning of the organism as a whole.  This form of sound therapy also vibrates body cavities and can have a great effect on the spine, diffusing along the nerve pathways to the organs. Sound can enter into the very cells, touching them and causing them to re-balance the energies within by oscillation and resonance. 



The overall effect of sound coming from crystal singing bowls in a sound bath is that of a deep massage at the atomic and molecular level which affects our breathing, blood circulation, metabolism, and the pulsing of the nervous system. Mind activity slows down to alpha and theta rhythms which produce a state of deep relaxation on both the physiological and psychological levels. This state of relaxation is highly conducive to healing. Such sound can also have emotional effects which in turn influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in the body which in turn regulate our immune system. The powerful sound waves help to bring the harmony and balance to the body that is required to remain vibrant and to regenerate after illness or injury. It is for this reason that crystal singing bowls are one of the sound modalities now being utilized for healing in a growing number of hospitals.


“… the singing bowls act as medium in which our inner chaos and conflict can be reconfigured into a harmonious sense of calm centeredness that resonates through every cell of our body and mind.”              Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.,Director of Oncology and Integrative Medicine, Strang Cancer Prevention Center, NY


Singing bowl therapy is also effective in working with the chakras. The 7 major chakras are basic energy centers within the subtle body, that is, they are part of our electromagnetic field. The chakras are the primary mediators and distributors of outside energies with the physical body and it systems.  While they are not part of the physical body itself, they are tied to it through the endocrine and nervous systems.  As centers of electromagnetic energy, they are extremely susceptible to the influences of vibrational healing.  Each crystal bowl vibrates at one of the seven notes on the diatonic scale, and these seven notes are correlated to the 7 major chakras. The vibrations of the bowls can thus restore balance and harmony to the chakras and their energies.


It is also clear that the sound healing therapy with crystal singing bowls can put us in touch with the larger reality of which we are a part.  Interestingly, the reverberations of Tibetan & crystal bowls are similar in frequency and tone to primordial space sounds that have been recorded by NASA.  Singing bowls re-connect us to the sound current of the cosmos, restore harmony between us and the Universe, and remind us of who and what we truly are.


As you can see, crystal singing bowls are ideal for individual relaxation and healing, and also for group meditations. Given the powerful effect of the quartz sound waves, crystal singing bowls are also an ideal way to clear old energy from a home or work space and replace it with energy that is balanced and harmonious.


Crystal Singing Bowl Video


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-Stéphane Mallarmé

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