Tibetan singing bowls are a type of bell that vibrates and produces a rich tone when played. Singing bowls are said to promote relaxation and offer healing properties. Buddhist monks have used these in meditation and wellness practitioners use them during treatment. Learn how they might support recovery using mindfulness as a way to build inner peace.

Uses of Tibetan Singing Bowls

People use Tibetan singing bowls for many reasons, including stress reduction and pain relief. Some people use the bowls with other healing practices, like meditation and deep breathing. Many people claim the vibrations of the bowl can produce changes in the body. There are some who claim it ‘harmonizes the cells,’ and ‘balances the body’s energy system.’ Some people claim Tibetan singing bowls can stimulate the immune system and produce changes in the brain.


Despite the long history of use, there has not been many studies looking into how they promote healing. One of the studies that has looked at it worked with 54 people who had chronic pain that originated in the spine. They were assigned to six sessions of singing bowl therapy, a placebo treatment, or none at all. Members of the singing bowl group and placebo group experienced a decrease in pain intensity. Both the singing bowl therapy and placebo therapy had a stress-reducing effect on participants.

Using the Bowl

To create sound with a singing bowl, press the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the outer edge or rim of the bowl. When a bright, clear tone emerges, slow down. Let your full arm make the motion, not just the wrist. Make that motion against the outside of the bowl. Strike the bowl before beginning the motion and see how the effects help bring peace.

Meditation and Peace

When a person in recovery is trying to stay clean and sober, there are many tools they can use to facilitate that. Finding a tool like meditation bowls can provide a great option to those who want to become more mindful and increase their peace of mind in recovery. Integrating use of the bowls may help enhance relaxation effects of stress management techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and guided imagery. When a person looks to enhance their well-being, it is important to try different things until they find what works but Tibetan meditation bowls have no risks or dangers and almost always, when used properly, provide a quiet, calming effect for those who use them.

Meditation can be a key to some people’s recovery and help bring some peace and calming. A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.