How it Works

How It Works

Sound Massage Explained

What is a Singing Bowl?

The origin of the singing bowl dates back to the ancient Eastern cultures of Japan, China, Thailand, and the Himalaya region. They resemble bells that are struck from the outside. Because their specific sound is supposed to bring inner clarity, singing bowls are often used for meditation.

Singing bowls are manufactured from a combination of five to twelve metals. The combination of metals determines the quality of vibration and tonal characteristics of the bowl.

A singing bowl produces sound when it is tapped or struck with a mallet.

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The Peter Hess® Method

Peter Hess began his career as an engineer, but his life-long interest in teaching and psychology led him to India and Nepal, where he studied untraditional forms of healing and researched the effects of sounds on the mind and body.

Through his work with singing bowls, Peter developed The Peter Hess® Sound Massage. The Peter Hess methods are structured to create a consistent offer of relaxation.

It is the softness of the sounds that allows you to experience the pure effect of the singing bowls on your body.

The Peter Hess® Singing Bowls are produced specifically for this purpose.

Our Peter Hess® Singing Bowls are produced at the highest quality according to the old tradition with all twelve traditional metals. A small piece of an old bowl is added to the mix as a carrier of ancient wisdom.

A complete set for therapy includes

  • Small Bowl – High sound – Heart and throat
  • Medium Bowl – Wide sound spectrum – Hand, foot, joints
  • Large Bowl – Deep sound – Upper and lower abdomen
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What Happens in the Body?

A picture will help you to understand the process and effect of a sound massage. If you drop a pebble into a pond, concentric waves spread over the whole pond and set every molecule of water into motion. Our bodies consist of 70% of water. So, something similar happens in our body during a sound massage.

Pleasant vibrations are traveling into the body and spread there in concentric waves, giving a pleasant cell massage to the more than 100 trillion cells in the body.

When the organs and tissues are free of blockages, the sound waves spread unimpeded and exit through the toes, the fingertips, and the tips of the hair. However, our bodies are usually not free of blockages. Through unresolved problems, stress, and worries, we build blockages that manifest as pain and soreness.

During a sound massage the human brain enters into the alpha-state, which is the state commonly experienced between waking and sleeping.

In this state, our breath becomes quieter and deeper, and we begin to let go. In letting go, we can get rid of worries, problems, blockages, and disease. We find a new harmony where clarity and healing can occur of mind, body, and soul.

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Sound Self Care

Peter Hess® Singing Bowls can become your valued companions when faced with the daily challenges of stress and physical ailments. You can make an appointment with yourself to relax, meditate, or find creative solutions.

You can just keep your singing bowl nearby and use it whenever you desire. Many acute physical problems might improve through Sound Self Care, as it strengthens the immune system and the healing power of the body.

The method is simple and can be quickly and easily learned.

It only takes 5 minutes per day.

Each day, you have the chance to move into greater harmony with your body and self.

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Spa & Beauty Treatment

The Peter Hess® Sound Massage can be used as an add-on or enhancement to cosmetic treatments or other disciplines rooted in overall well-being.

Sound vibrations gently massage all muscles – they loosen, bring relaxation, smooth out wrinkles, and beautify the skin.

These proven methods can be utilized as a complimentary therapy to the following practical applications.

  • Spa & Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Energy Healing
  • Mental Wellness
  • And Many More


Can I become a licensed practitioner?


It is possible to become a licensed Peter Hess® Sound Massage Practitioner. Sound massage can be applied in a variety of settings including spas, massage, yoga, physical therapy, and more.

Training is provided at 4 different levels. All 4 levels must be completed for certification with an additional mandatory observation weekend.

At this time, please visit for more details and a full schedule of training sessions.

I am interested in offering Sound Self Care services at my spa. How does it work?

If you are interested in incorporating Sound Self Care at your spa, please contact us at for more information.

How do I purchase Peter Hess® Singing Bowls?

Our online store is coming soon. For now, please contact us using the contact form below or by emailing directly.

I want to buy a bowl. Do I need to purchase the entire set?


Peter Hess® Singing Bowls are sold individually.

The suggested complete set is only required for trained professionals offering the full Peter Hess® Sound Massage experience.

In order to begin Sound Self Care, you can start with the medium sized Universal Bowl. This bowl has a wide sound spectrum to be used universally.

A Sound Self Care Kit is also available, which gives you everything that you need to get started.

Contact us at to learn more about purchasing Peter Hess® Singing Bowls.

Is it possible to purchase Peter Hess® Singing Bowls Wholesale?

If you are interested in wholesale purchases, please contact us at for more information.

Where can I get a sound massage?

You can receive a sound massage by visiting a licensed Peter Hess Sound Massage Practitioner.

For now, you can view a list of practitioners here

Can sound massage replace medical treatment?


Peter Hess Sound Massage methods are designed to offer a space for relaxation.

The listed benefits of sound therapy are possible results based on years of observations and study in practical applications.

There can be no guarantee of any specific results or healing of any kind for any individual.

The information on this website is for educational purposes only. If you are unsure if Sound Self Care is for you, you should speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start.

Why have I never heard of this before?

Peter Hess Sound Massage is very well known in Germany and across Europe, but is only now emerging in the United States.

It is the mission of Sound Self Care and Hess Sound Concepts to share the gift of sound with as many people as possible.