The resonant body of the instrument is very long, so the basic tone is much deeper than with the therapy monochords. The focus of the experience with the soundbed is the dissolution of physical boundaries, the detachment of time and space and the experience of comprehensive relaxation. Therefore, with the help of this sound, it is possible to penetrate deep emotional areas, as is the case, for example, with the sound-guided trance.
The sound experience is very intense due to the relaxed posture while lying down and the great contact of the body with the instrument. After a treatment while lying down (duration between 10-30 minutes), many people still feel that they have the sound to carry within them hours later. Some of them show inner images during the treatment, others have the experience of boundless freedom that opens up beyond thought, others come into contact with long-forgotten memories, be they pleasant or unpleasant… The testimonies of therapists and sound travelers are varied and impressive, to perform them all here would be beyond the scope.
Singing bowl treatment
For all therapists who work in-patient and also already know that they only want to use the instrument as a couch, I always recommend the soundbed.
Many therapists also work with the soundbed in groups. Since the sound of the instrument is very full and powerful, even those who do not sit or lie on the instrument have a very intense sound experience through the spatial sound or, if they lie on a wooden floor also due to the sound vibrations in the floor.
|Length||Width||Height||Tuning||Number of strings||Load|
|208 cm||70 cm||10.5 cm||Contra G, G, D
or G, D, H
|64||120 kg without center support,
170 kg with center support
There are various ways to string the instrument. Either you decide on a pure monochord tuning (contra G and G), a tambourine tuning (contra G, G, and D) or a chord tuning (contra G, G, D and H).
The most successful has been a split of the tuning into two halves. One half of the instrument as monochord and the other half as tambura with the possibility to tune it as a chord. This is how all possibilities have been combined.
In addition, there is the possibility to tune part of the strings to a higher tone with an extra bridge, which can be set up very easily. The strings are divided by a bridge at 165 cm, so that the base tone is only one tone lower than with the soundchair-bed (G). In addition, a second sound plane is created behind the bridge, which is also tuned to G, but two octaves higher. If you play both levels together, the sound becomes even more versatile and overtone.
The soundbed can also be built up with the playing level on top, so that it can be used like a normal monochord.
There is a table extension (40 cm long, 20 cm wide) for the soundbed, which can be mounted on the side of the instrument and can be pushed to any position. This is suitable for integrating singing bowls into the sound work.