Psychophysiological Responses to Singing Bowl Therapy: Feasibility Study Examining Practical Outcome Measures

Principal Investigator: Wendy Hodsdon, ND

Student Investigator: Nik Belinkoff-Strads

Abstract: Tibetan singing bowls are metal bowls traditionally used for music, meditation, and healing. For thousands of years they have been used for medical applications but to date, very limited research has investigated whether there are any biological effects associated with singing bowl therapy (SBT). This feasibility study will evaluate the administration of SBT and the use of multiple methods to measure the physiological, psychological, and perceived responses to SBT. A small sample of generally healthy subjects will be recruited to receive a single one‐hour session of SBT from a trained and certified practitioner. Participants’ vital signs and heart rate variability (HRV) will be recorded before, during, and after the SBT session. The perceived stress scale (PSS) and the subjective vitality scale (SVS) will be administered to participants before and after the SBT session. An experience feedback form (EFF) will be administered to participants following their SBT session. The use of these methods will be analyzed for feasibility and tolerability, and the resulting measurements will be assessed for changes in response to SBT. Findings from this study will determine if these methods are feasible for measuring the psychophysiological changes resulting from a SBT session. We hope this study will provide insight into designing a clinical trial with a larger population, and ultimately into how this therapy may be used clinically.