Crepes: Welcome to another edition of The Rocky Report. Since I don’t know too much about this one, I’m going to let MomFOD take over for this piece, mostly because I either hide or fall asleep during the sessions.
Alana: Thank you, Crepes. What Crepes is talking about when she says “sessions” are the sound therapy sessions that I’ve been doing with Rocky during the last few weeks. As many of you know, Rocky hasn’t been feeling too well lately. So far, the constipation has been eased and his appetite is great. Occasionally, though, it’s obvious to me that he doesn’t feel well. Dr. C had mentioned that he might be suffering from some stress, which isn’t surprising considering his health issues, as well as Crepes’ horrible little desire to smack him in the back of the head every time he’s not looking.
Crepes: It’s not horrible.
Alana: Yes, it is. You act like a gremlin.
Alana: Go nap. In any case, I wanted to think of ways in which I could ease some of Rocky’s stress and one of the ideas I had was sound therapy. My husband and I have two singing bowls, one of which we procured in Hawaii and the other we purchased from an imports fellow in Canada. Being a musician, I am very much aware of the importance of sound. These two bowls, through a brilliant stroke of luck (or spirit), happen to be well tuned to each other. One is very deep and low, the other somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. When struck at the same time, they produce a lovely, consonant sound that I find extremely relaxing.
On our first go, Rocky was lying on a little mat in the bedroom. I arranged the bowls so that their vibrations would be about ear level with him, which is the best place from which to experience the sounds. Using a large, padded mallet, I struck the bowls gently. His first reaction surprised me: he let out a deep, happy purr, stretched out upside down, and moved his head closer to the bowls. I continued playing for him for about 20 minutes. The next day, he did appear to be somewhat less stressed and more at ease. The bonus? I was also feeling better. His injections and fluid administrations, as well as the underlying health issues, have gotten me completely tied up in knots. When he doesn’t feel well, I don’t feel well. This session seemed to be good not only for Rocky, but also for me.
I have continued these sessions daily, sometimes for as little as two minutes, sometimes for as long as twenty. Rocky sits and purrs, looking pleased and relaxed, for as long as I care to play. Sometimes I play the bowls with different mallets and sticks to produce different tones. He seems to like them all. He lies very close to the bowls and rearranges himself as I begin to play. Sometimes, he presses his feet to the bowls while they vibrate, and other times lets them vibrate close to his tummy, where I think the troubles are.
I’ve done a bit of research into the healing properties of singing bowls and have found several thoughts on them. Some say the vibrations themselves are healing. Others say it helps produce healing endorphins within the body and boosts the immune system. Another thought is that they bring on deep states of meditation that allow us to heal ourselves and bring healing energies down to where they’re needed.
No matter the root cause of the healing, Rocky enjoys it. It’s a bonding time for the two of us to sit together and focus on his well being. He’s definitely been feeling better in the last few days and I’m hoping his next weigh in will even show a bit of weight gain. Until then, I will continue to play.
Crepes: And I will continue to nap.
Alana: Good idea, Crepes.
Crepes & Alana.
Further reading: Do Singing Bowls Heal?