Good Vibrations

The Science of Sound, Emotions, and Crystal Singing Bowls

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”  – Nikola Tesla

The positive or negative tone of a voice, the major or minor key signature of a song, or the volume and intensity of any sound, vibrates with tremendous power and energy. Simply put, sound is vibrational energy transmitted as waves that are perceived by the brain, heard by the ear, and felt throughout the body. Every cell in the body and every emotion are also made up of energy. It has also been proven that crystals give off natural vibrations. When “played”, a crystal singing bowl resonates with a vibrational frequency that matches a note in the C major scale, you know do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do or CDEFGAB. A full set would have seven bowls so the whole scale could be used. These seven notes also correspond to the major energy centers, or chakras, in the body. Smaller bowls have higher pitches while bigger bowls have deeper pitches.

A typical set of crystal singing bowls is usually white, as they are created from pure quartz. Personalized sets can be tailored with bowls made from various crystals that have their own natural colors. Tibetan bowls have similar properties as crystal bowls except they are made out of metal which produces richer and deeper sounds. Alchemy bowls have the ability to hold vibrations for longer periods of time, have more intense reverberations and longer-lasting tones with various harmonics and overtones. Singing bowls’ humming vibrations help balance body energy; allowing cantankerous, negative, and unhealthy vibrations in our emotional, spiritual, and physical bodies to be replaced with good, positive, and healthy vibes.

Sound Healing

Sound healing or sound therapy uses different vibrations to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Different instruments such as Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, glasses, gongs, and tuning forks have the same effect to trigger relaxation, reduce blood pressure, calm stress, and harmonize energy fields. Sound therapy operates on two principles:
First, that emotions vibrate at different levels, and second, that trapped, blocked, or unexpressed emotions can cause disease due to stagnating in the body. Unpleasant and uncomfortable emotions have lower vibrational levels than positive ones that are easy to express and metabolize. The word emotion is derived from the Latin word, emovere, which means to move out or through. Emotions are literally energy in motion.

In quantum physics, everything is energy and has its own vibrational frequency. It is believed in many cultures throughout the world that our bodies have energy centers, called chakras. The most universal system is made up of 7 chakras, each associated with different organs, functions, emotional, mental, and spiritual issues. Each chakra is associated with a note. Going from bottom to top, root chakra coordinates to C, sacral chakra-D, solar plexus chakra-E, heart chakra-F, throat chakra-G, third eye chakra-A, and crown chakra-B.

Since our bodies our mostly water, we are great conductors for vibrations. When the crystal bowls are played or struck, the vibrations penetrate internally releasing or balancing at least one of the energy chakras. When all 7 notes are played in various sequences or harmonies, all 7 chakras can be balanced. This is called a sound bath. When bowls are used, a mallet or wand is used to rub along the outside of each bowl, creating the various vibrational frequencies.

Sound healing works in four ways: sympathetic resonance, brainwave entrainment, frequency following response, and balancing the brain’s left and right hemispheres. Sympathetic resonance is when the vibrations in one object produce vibrations in another. This is the principle that causes the body to vibrate at the same frequency as the sounds produced by crystal bowls, gongs, tuning forks and other sound healing instruments. Brainwave entrainment refers to the capacity of the brain to naturally synchronize its brainwave frequencies with the rhythm of external stimuli. The positive frequencies allow your cells to operate in harmony with each other, healing organs, bones and uncomfortable emotional states. Frequency following response deals with the mental states of consciousness and the different types of brainwaves: delta, theta, alpha and beta waves. Balance of the brain’s left and right hemispheres is when sound healing works on both sides of the brain to develop areas where we might be weak and improve communication between the hemispheres.

Sound healing or sound therapy uses different vibrations to heal the body, mind, and spirit.

Heber Valley’s Crystal Bowl Healer

After moving to Utah twenty years ago, Theresa discovered crystal singing bowls while looking to overcome her own trauma and health issues, including severe mercury poisoning. Theresa shared, “Over twenty years ago, I realized that the quality of one’s life is directly related to their emotional health. Emotional health is the foundation beneath self confidence, and self confidence is the springboard to achievement […] This lead me to study various intuitive practices of healing work which focus primarily on emotional release. This work, along with several other lifestyle changes, has changed my life. As I was once sick, I am now healthy.”

Today, Theresa has her own crystal singing bowl studio in Midway where she shares the peace and power she discovered on her journey to healing. Besides crystal bowl sound therapy, chakra alignments, and group sound baths, Theresa also offers drum circles, theta healing, and possesses a rare angelite table. If your “vibe” is off, check out her website,

Sound healing with crystal singing bowls compliments traditional western medicine and holistic eastern healing. We are all connected with the emotions we feel, the energy we experience, and the vibrations we sense.

“The body is held together by sound. The presence of disease indicates that some of the sounds have gone out of tune”
– Deepak Chopra