Tibetan singing bowls and a sound massage.
Sound massage is based on ancient knowledge relating to the effect of sounds. This
knowledge was applied in Indian healing therapy as long as 5000 years ago.
According to Eastern ideas human was created out of sound, i.e. he is sound. If a
human being is "in tune" with himself and his environment, then he or she is able to
arrange his/her life freely and creatively.
Facts about Singing Bowls
Singing bowls are at home in the Eastern cultures of Japan, China, Thailand and the
Himalaya region. They resemble bells that are struck from the outside and probably
go back to the time when man first started to work with metals. The origin of the
singing bowls for the most part still remains a mystery. Even their function has not
been fully determined. Literature discusses their use as a resonance body or
sacrificial bowl in ritual applications but also their use as crockery. According to one
tradition the bowl should contain seven metals, one for each planet. The combination
of metals determines the quality of vibration and the sound of a bowl. Bowls that
were produced according to old craftsmanship more than fifty years ago usually have
a particularly good sound.
Today, because of the increased demand, there are only few antique singing bowls of
good quality. Often new bowls can be found, that neither correspond to the old metal
alloy nor are fabricated in the traditional way. Since 1990 Peter Hess has been trying
to track down the knowledge covering the traditional composition and fabrication of
singing bowls. After a few failures he succeeded in early 1997 to revive the
traditional fabrication of singing bowls in the old composition of 12 metals. These
new singing bowls with the Peter Hess products® seal of quality, that are produced
according to ancient tradition, guarantee constant quality throughout.
What is a “sound massage” with singing bowls
Since the early eighties, the German engineering graduate (FH) in Physical
Technology Peter Hess, has been looking more and more into the effect that sound
has on people. Based on his manifold experience with sound, particularly in Nepal
and Tibet, he started to work with singing bowls. Investigations and experiments on
the effect of traditional music on the human mind and body form the basis for the
sound massage. In the course of many years of practice, Peter Hess has adapted this
knowledge to people in Western cultures. The result of this work is the Peter Hess-
Sound massage with singing bowls is a sound therapy where singing bowls are
placed on the dressed body or into the health aura and tapped gently with a felt
mallet. The calming harmonizing sounds as well as the gentle vibrations of the
singing bowls induce a feeling of well-being and a very effective deep relaxation
With people in good health, sound massage will support the development of their
inner harmony and provide them with energy and strength for their daily tasks.
Creativity and productive energy will receive new impulses.
With physical, mental and psychological issues, sound massage will help to bring
relief from pain and problems that cause daily stress, worries, and anxiety.
How can the sound massage be used?
Sound massage is very well suited for private use as well as professional application.
Private use: Here the emphasis is on relaxation and well-being. This can be
attained by self-application or by sound massage in a circle of family or friends.
Wellness and cosmetics: Inner calm, self-confidence, and health are the main
factors determining a person's appearance. Sound massage achieves well-being and
beauty that comes from within.
Massage and physiotherapy: Application of sound massage is also possible with
acute physical problems. Blockages can be perceived consciously. Moreover,
interrelated events that caused these symptoms can be identified. The patient
experiences sound massage as very agreeable and gentle.
Medicine (Practiced by physicians):
By way of its relaxing and pain-relieving effect sound massage can support medical
treatment, for instance in cases such as damaged discs, abdominal, digestive, and
heart problems, painful joints and bad circulation, as well as many other health
problems. It can create a relaxed, open and co-operative atmosphere for doctor-
Therapy and psychotherapy (Practiced by qualified therapists):
In this wide area of application sound massage has proven to be an excellent method
to relax clients deeply in a very short time. Subsequently or alternatively from within
this deep relaxation, the respective therapeutic process can begin.
Other areas of employment (Practiced by qualified experts):
- Obstetrics, - nurseries and schools, - retirement and nursing homes, working with
handicapped people, - speech therapy, - care of the dying.
The most important effects
Fast achievement of deep relaxation, since the sounds appeal to a person’s
Gentle massage and harmonization of each individual body cell through
Relief of tensions and blockages in the body.
The client experiences his body to be pleasantly light and vibrating freely.
Reinforcement of self-healing forces.
Positive influence on self-confidence, creativity and productive energy,
Attainment of renewed joie de vivre.
Letting go of old patterns - a new order can evolve.
Training (length, fees, qualification)
For the first time, the training in the Sound Massage according to Peter Hess® is
available in Australia.
The basic training course comprises two weekend and one 4-day seminars as well
as a concluding supervision weekend. Another way of training is a one-week
intensive course, plus the obligatory supervision weekend few weeks later.
In addition, qualified sound masseurs/masseuses also have the possibility to attend
supervision weekends or various further specialist courses such as "Sound
Pedagogics" or “Sound Massage Therapy”.
The participants of the courses will receive an attendance certificate following each
part of the course; and on finishing all of the training, a certificate confirming that its
holder is entitled to practice "Peter Hess-Sound Massage". There is no exam. For
sound masseurs/masseuses who work with sound massage on a professional level,
we recommend attending supervision and/or further training seminars regularly.
The course participants will also receive the 10% discount on the purchase of the
genuine Peter Hess® singing bowls.
English literature about Sound Massage according to Peter Hess:
Singing Bowls for Health and Inner Harmony
Through Sound Massage According to Peter Hess®
Edited by Verlag Peter Hess, 2008