What is a Sound Massage?

Updated: Jul 24


Welcome to my blog, my name is Sophie Rado, and I am the studio owner at Yoga House, located in beautiful Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand. (opening August 15th 2022)


At Yoga House we offer many different sessions to help restore the mind-body back to optimal health. Book for a 60 minute sound massage to experience, pure bliss and relaxation. Read about the health and wellness benefits below, if you would like to experience a sound massage, click to book a session here.


Peter Hess Institute


OK, great what is it?

A sound massage begins by lying down, fully clothed, on a massage table. Various bowls are placed on the feet, pelvis, shoulders, chest and hands. The sound session lasts between 45- 50 mins of sound, followed by a 5 -10 min reflection in perfect quiet.

Sounds lovely... but what are the health benefits?

The Peter Hess sound bowls have spent a meticulous two decades in the making to perfect the non-harmonic overtone sounds and vibrations.

In a nutshell, it provides profound relaxation and releases physical tension. It helps improve sleep and digestion and lowers blood pressure. BUT if you are a bit of a nerd like me, here are more of the wellness benefits listed below.

Physiological Benefits

  • Neuromuscular System Increase in reflex activity, number of active motor units and EMG signals.

  • Cardiovascular System Heart rate and blood pressure are lowered, and the peripheral blood vessels become less constricted (resulting in a warm feeling)

  • Respiratory System The inspiration phase increases oxygen consumption, and breathing becomes even and regulated.

  • Central Nervous System Promotes relaxation as an increase of Alfa and Theta brain waves (observed in an EGG)

  • Metabolism Blood Sugar levels increase, and cholesterol, salivary cortisol and norepinephrine levels decrease.

Neurological activation in the following areas:

  • Amygdala The part of the limbic system that is responsible for emotions

  • Hippocampus is the part of the limbic system that is responsible for emotions and memory

  • Anterior cingulate cortex Responsible for attentiveness and wakefulness

  • Hypothalamus and Midbrain Responsible for autonomic control

Psychological Indicators of Relaxation

  • Mental Clarity

  • Attention that is focussed inward

  • increase in perceptive abilities/ awareness of outer stimuli

  • Increased associative thinking

  • Affective indifference (feeling calm and non-reactive or "laid back")

Other Holistic wellness benefits from the intense overtone- rich sounds

  • Facilitates deep relaxation

  • Improves confidence

  • Encourages 'Letting go" feeling harmonised and revitalised

  • Supports body awareness

  • It opens us up to more significant energy reserves

  • It helps to strengthen self-awareness, creativity, creative energy and motivation.

If you are curious and would like to know more or to book an appointment, please Get in touch or Book Here


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