The bowls are played either by rubbing a wooden mallet around the rim , or striking the side of the bowl with the mallet. The two playing methods produce quite distinctive sounds.
Though they are often referred to as Tibetan Singing Bowls, they are more accurately called Himalayan Bowls, as they are present throughout the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal and India.
Today, singing bowls are used to aid meditation, religious practice, relaxation, and healthcare.
In sound healing, the bowls are played around and sometimes placed on the body of the receiver of the treatment. The practitioner uses the resonance of the bowls’ harmonic vibrations within the human body for balancing and relaxation.
Some sound healers seek to activate or balance the body’s chakras, or energy centers. The “singing” sound is remarkable, a powerful, long-lasting harmonic hum that can be both invigorating and calming at the same time.