IN A HOLISTIC MOVE to give added depth to all spa treatments and optimize guests’ well-being, Six Senses Spas will incorporate a signature Singing Bowl Ritual at the beginning and conclusion of every treatment.
Using singing bowls for healing is based on the idea that a human body possesses a different resonant frequency. The body is in a healthy state when each cell and organ resonates in harmony with the whole being. When energy flow in the body is hindered, the affected area vibrates out of tune, causing illness. The sound frequencies created by the signing bowls restore the flow of this energy and bring about a state of well-being.
The ritual begins when a skilled Six Senses Spa therapist strikes the singing bowl with a wooden wand at the guest’s crown chakra, gliding the wand around the rim of the bowl to create a soothing humming vibration within and around the body to enhance balancing and relaxation.
The therapist then moves the singing bowl in a prescribed path around the shoulders and crown chakra, over the third eye, throat and heart chakras, coming to rest on the solar plexus chakra. Softly striking the bowl three times, symbolizes unity of body, mind and spirit of past present and future.
As the vibrations travel through the body, the spa therapist moves her hands in a prayer position over the third eye, throat and heart chakras, setting an intention of bringing the guest into a state of harmony and health. This triggers a transformation of energy, making it more positive and healing.
The short ritual culminates with the respectful wai, a subtle nod to Six Senses’ rich Asian heritage. The unique singing bowl resonance also concludes the treatment, together with the wai.
Singing bowls are thought to have originated in the pre-Buddhist Tibetan Bon culture, hence they are often referred to as Tibetan Singing Bowls. Additionally, they are also historically present throughout the Himalayan regions of Nepal and India. Singing bowls can also be found in various manifestations in Japan, Korea, China and Mongolia. Modern medicine now also recognizes sound as having immense healing benefits.
Since the earliest times, singing bowls have been crafted from an amalgam of several metals. When ‘played’ with a wooden stick the metal bowl emits a soothing sound that assists in meditation and releases mantras.
Six Senses Spas include 27 award-winning spas in 18 countries around the world. Over the next year, new spas will premiere at Six Senses resorts in Chengdu, China; Douro Valley, Portugal; Felicite Island, Seychelles and in partner locations in Muscat, Oman; Marbella, Spain; Pune, India and Mykonos, Greece