Overview of singing bowls for sound therapy

The Peter Hess® Therapy Singing Bowl series is optimally adapted to the needs of Peter Hess® Sound Massage and Peter Hess® Sound Methods. These singing bowls are available in different types, which address certain areas of the body particularly well. The individual types each have a characteristic shape and size, as well as sound and vibration quality.
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The most important facts in brief

  • Different types of singing bowls are used for different areas of the body.
  • Through a finely tuned vibration behavior, a very specific area of the body can be addressed.
  • Lower sounds appeal more strongly to lower areas of the body, while higher sounds appeal more strongly to upper areas.
  • The universal/joint bowl can be used on the entire body and is therefore ideal as a starter bowl.
  • Through years of optimizing manufacturing processes, Peter Hess has succeeded in the specific production of singing bowl types – a particularly high art.

Peter Hess® Therapy Singing Bowls for different body areas

Peter Hess has not only succeeded in producing singing bowls of the highest quality. He has managed to optimize the manufacturing processes in such a way that certain types of singing bowls have been created that appeal particularly well to certain areas of the body. In simple terms, it can be said that the lower sounds appeal particularly well to the lower parts of the body, whereas the higher sounds are especially perceptible in the upper half of the body.

Today, the production of the individual types of singing bowls takes place in family associations. This specialization not only keeps the quality of the singing bowls at a consistently high level, but also secures the financial income of an entire family. With the specific production of singing bowl types, Peter Hess has succeeded in a masterpiece, because normally singing bowls are classified into certain types only after the production. Over the years, this has also allowed concepts for sound methods to emerge and scientific research to be conducted.

Note

Since the singing bowls are made by hand, each bowl always remains unique. This uniqueness is also reflected in the sound experiences – they are always individually different, just as every person is unique.

What are the different types of therapy singing bowls?

Below we give you an overview of the different types of singing bowls and their areas of application. You will also learn which therapy singing bowls are particularly suitable for beginners and which are used in professional sound therapy.

Universal and Joint Bowl: the perfect starter bowl

As the name „Universal Bowl“ suggests, this singing bowl with its particularly extensive frequency spectrum between 100-2,800 heart responds well to the entire body. This makes it the ideal „beginner’s singing bowl“ that can be used universally.

In addition, the Universal and Joint Bowl has a particularly intense vibration behavior, which is why it can be used specifically in the context of sound massage and sound methods to loosen blockages and tensions. These often settle in the joints – hence the additional designation „joint bowl“. This singing bowl has an open shape, a thin rim, a diameter of about 21-22 cm and a weight of 900-1,000 grams. Depending on which mallet is used to strike it, a different main range of sounds is produced.

In the context of professional sound work, but especially for private use, a set of mallets consisting of a large, medium and small felt mallet, each with a different degree of hardness, is recommended. This opens up a particularly wide range of possible applications for this singing bowl, especially in the context of self-application of sound exercises.

Tip

The Universal/Joint Bowl is one of the three most important singing bowls for professional sound work. Since it is well suited for all areas of the body and can therefore be used universally, it is the ideal singing bowl for beginners.

XL Klangschale 4 bis 7 kg
Peter Hess® Universal and Joint Bowl

Overview

  • Body area: whole body
  • Frequency spectrum: between 100-2,800 heart
  • Sound: depending on the mallet used, different main sound range
  • Special features: particularly intensive vibration behavior for targeted use to loosen blockages and tensions especially in joints
  • Diameter: about 21-22 cm
  • Weight: 900-1,000 grams
  • Recommended mallets: set of mallets consisting of a large, medium and small felt mallet, each with a different degree of hardness

Small and large Pelvic Bowl: full & deep sound for more grounding

The Pelvic Bowl, with its low tones of 100 to 1,000 heart, appeals well especially to the abdomen and lower back. Its deep sound is often described as grounding. If struck by a medium-hard felt mallet, the frequencies are perceived as particularly pleasant and intense in the area of the solar plexus (area above the navel).

The small Pelvic Bowl which was developed mainly for working with children, weighs about 1,500 grams and has a diameter of 25-26 cm. It is also used in professional sound work for people for whom the large Pelvic Bowl is too heavy. For this has a stately weight of about 2,000 grams, with a diameter of 28-29 cm.

Tip

The large version of the Pelvic Bowl is one of the three most important singing bowls for professional sound massage.

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Peter Hess® large Pelvic Bowl

Overview

  • Body area: pelvic area, abdomen, solar plexus and lower back
  • Frequency spectrum: 100 to 1,000 heart
  • Tone: deep sound, often described as grounding
  • Special features: small Pelvic Bowl was developed mainly for working with children or is used for people for whom the large Pelvic Bowl is too heavy
  • Diameter: small Pelvic Bowl 25-26 cm | large Pelvic Bowl 28-29 cm
  • Weight: small Pelvic Bowl 1,500 grams | large Pelvic Bowl 2,000 grams
  • Recommended mallets: large felt mallet for lower sounds (pelvic area), medium felt mallet for higher sounds (solar plexus)

Small and large Heart Bowl: with gentle sound to more heart opening

Here, too, the name reveals the body area, which is particularly well addressed with the high tones from 200 to 1,200 heart. The sound of the heart bowl is often described as very warm and bright. Since the heart area is a particularly sensitive part of the body, this bowl was designed to sound rather gentle in its vibration behavior. Here, too, there is a large and a small version.

The small heart bowl, originally developed for working with children, has proven to be a valuable addition to professional sound work with its bright tones. The large heart shell is easily recognized by its thick rim. Weighing 1300 grams, it has a diameter of 21-22 cm. The sound is clearly more voluminous than the small version. Depending on the mallet used – medium or small felt mallet – this singing bowl can elicit frequencies from 200 to 1200 heart. The small heart bowl, which is usually played with the small felt mallet, has a similarly thin rim as the universal bowl, weighs about 600-650 grams and has a diameter of about 16 cm.

Tip

The large heart bowl forms one of the three most important singing bowls for professional sound work. It is used mainly in the chest area on the front and back of the body, as well as in the area of the shoulder blades and the base of the neck.

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Peter Hess® Large heart bowl

Overview

  • Body area: heart area, chest area on the front and back of the body, shoulder blades area and base of the neck.
  • Frequency spectrum: 200 to 1200 heart
  • Tone: high tones, very warm and bright
  • Special features: very gentle vibration behavior for the sensitive heart area.
  • Diameter: large heart bowl 21-22 cm | small heart bowl 16 cm
  • Weight: large heart shell 1300 grams | small heart shell 600-650 grams
  • Recommended mallets: medium or small feltmallet, for the small heart bowl usually small felt mallet

Flat and bulbous head shell: a sound that leads to the here and now

The head bowl is available in a flat, rather open form and in a bulbous form, where the walls are rather slightly inclined inwards. Both have a high pitched sound. That of the flat head shell is usually somewhat more agitated. This small, thin-walled singing bowl appeals especially to the forehead and sinuses and can be used with the appropriate background knowledge and training for specific problems.

The flat head bowl has a diameter of about 14 cm and a weight of 250 to 300 grams, the bulbous head bowl weighs a little more with 260 to 320 grams, but is slightly smaller in diameter with 12 cm.

Tip

The bulbous head bowl also has its place in the wellness and beauty area, where its bright, soothing sounds support facial treatments of various kinds.

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Peter Hess® Belly Head Bowl

Overview

  • Body area: forehead and the sinuses
  • Tone: high tone, sound of the flat head shell is slightly more agitated
  • Special features: bulbous head bowl is often used in the wellness and beauty area for facial treatments
  • Diameter: flat head bowl about 14 cm | bulbous head bowl about 12 cm
  • Weight: flat head shell 250 to 300 grams | bulbous head shell 260 to 320 grams
  • Recommended mallets: small mallet with hard felt head

Laryngeal bowl: relaxation for larynx and décolleté

The laryngeal bowl – also called the décolleté sound bowl – was developed as a supplement for professional sound work.

It has a diameter of 17 cm and a weight of 600 to 680 grams and is visually distinguished from the small heart shell by a thickened rim and a more open shape. Members of the healing and remedial professions, such as remedial teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists or even physiotherapists, use these specifically for their work. In the cosmetic and wellness sector, this bowl is also known as the décolleté singing bowl and is used specifically to relax and stimulate this part of the body.

Tip

Due to its forged shape, the laryngeal bowl stands more securely and easily on the upper part of the chest, i.e. on the voice- and sound-forming part of the body, than the heart bowl.

Peter Hess® Kehlkopfschale
Peter Hess® Throat Bowl

Overview

  • Body area: upper chest area
  • Sound: high sound
  • Special features: thickened edge and a rather open shape, especially used by remedial and therapeutic professions such as remedial teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists or even physiotherapists, as well as in the cosmetic and wellness sector for relaxation and stimulation of the décolleté.
  • Diameter: about 17 cm
  • Weight: 600 to 680 gram
  • Recommended mallets: small felt mallet and small mallet with hard felt head

Solar plexus bowl: beneficial for the upper abdomen and stomach area

Again, the name reveals the body area that this singing bowl serves particularly well. With a diameter of about 23.5 cm and a weight of 1200 grams, the solar plexus bowl forms a gradation between the universal bowl and the small cymbal bowl and was developed for use in the context of professional sound work.

With its characteristic sound and vibration pattern, it appeals above all to the upper abdomen and stomach area, a part of the body that in many people reacts particularly sensitively to stress. The sounds of this singing bowl can have a particularly relaxing and soothing effect here.

Tip

The solar plexus shell is a gradation between the universal shell and the small pelvic shell.

Peter Hess® Solarplexusschale

Overview

  • Body area: solar plexus – upper abdomen and stomach area
  • Tone: deep sound, lies between universal bowl and large cymbal bowl
  • Special features: forms a gradation between universal bowl and small basin bowl
  • Diameter: About 23.5 cm
  • Weight: 1200 gram
  • Recommended mallets: large and medium felt mallets

XL singing bowl: a particularly intense sound experience

The XL singing bowl is a real heavyweight with a diameter of 35 to 53 cm and from 5 to 12 kilograms. It is very popular for getting in the mood, but can also be used by appropriate professionals specifically, for example, to stimulate blood circulation or relaxation or “straightening” the spine. Accordingly, it is often found in physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices or even clinics.

Tip

Most clients can stand in this singing bowl and (ideally) experience the sound vibrations rising from the soles of the feet and flowing through the entire body – a very special experience. This is often described as energizing and an intense sound experience.

Peter Hess® XL-Klangschale 9 bis 12 kg
Peter Hess® XL singing bowl

Overview

  • Body area: entire body
  • Tone: deep, voluminous sound
  • Special Features: Clients can stand in the singing bowl and experience the sound vibrations in the whole body
  • Diameter: About 35 to 53 cm
  • Weight: 5 to 12 kg
  • Recommended mallets: optionally from the series ollihess Profi Gong Mallets

XXL singing bowl: the largest forged singing bowl in the world

XXL singing bowl is a real masterpiece of blacksmith’s art. It is extremely difficult to produce a singing bowl in the high quality of a therapy singing bowl with a size of 53 to 84 cm in diameter. This is because the brittle bronze becomes more fragile with increasing size and weight and breaks easily during the forging process. Thus, Peter Hess is particularly proud of this type of bowl, because with a weight of 60 kilograms and a diameter of over 80 centimeters, it has been possible to produce the largest forged singing bowl in the world!

Tip

However, the XXL singing bowl is not only an extraordinary piece of jewelry for any sound practice, but also enables very special sound experiences with its voluminous sound that penetrates the whole body.

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Peter Hess® XXL singing bowl

Overview

  • Body area: entire body
  • Tone: deep, voluminous sound
  • Special Features: Clients can stand in the singing bowl and experience the sound vibrations in the whole body
  • Diameter: About 53 to 84 cm
  • Weight: 60 kg
  • Recommended mallets: either from the ollihess Basic or Profi Gong Mallet series with long handle

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