Floating Sound Meditation with Singing Bowls…say what??
For this post I am back in the Bouctouche area; let me start by saying that I had no idea there were so many things to do in and around Bouctouche. I did a Day Tripping in Bouctouche post, then I was told to check out the lavender farm, Lavender by Ocean Breeze Farm; visited it, loved it!! Then I was told by Line, one my readers, that I needed to go back for a third time and visit Thaly Holistic- Boutik.
I love getting recommendations from you guys, so keep them coming. I just booked a hammock or a swing, not sure what the proper name is?
I am going with long time family friend and avid blog supporter and sharer, Michelle. She messaged me to say she had been meaning to try this and would be game to join me. So we are going!
My blog and life philosophy is to try new things and I hope that my adventures inspire you to say oui, to new experiences too.
I usually research things before I do them, but going into this a bit uninformed on purpose. This is way out of my normal thing. I don’t meditate, but I am looking forward to seeing what this is all about.
My first challenge is figuring out what one wears to float with singing bowls?? Lol. I am thinking yoga gear will be appropriate, who would have guessed that yoga gear would be our 2020 outfit of choice??
So I just got back from my visit and it was amazing! I don’t really know how to explain the feelings and experience, but I’ll try.
As soon as we arrived we could smell the scent of lavender, their boutik and studio are beautiful with natural wood throughout.
We were greeted by the owner, Nathalie, and since both Michelle and I had never been before, she walked us to the studio and got us settled and comfy in our hammocks, they are hammocks, not swings.
Since we were a bit early we were able to pick our hammocks, I gravitated to the green one right away and Michelle crawled into the red. Afterwards Michelle thought our choices were very fitting, since green symbolizes healing and red energy. She’s aware that I am still healing from my dad death and she had been running around a lot and needed to replenish her energy.
My first impression was that my hammock was amazingly comfortable! You bend your knees and touch your feet together, like a frog pose, which was super comfortable.
It truly felt like I was floating, my hammock keep swinging and I could feel myself relax and sink into my little green cocoon.
Nathalie’s son Marc led our session, before we started he asked if I wanted a spritz of essential oil; I said, yes please and held out my hands.
After a few minutes of deep belly breathing he started the sound therapy. I closed my eyes and let the sound of rain, I thought it sounded like rain, wash over me. I started to visualize being in the rain forest.
As I mentioned I don’t meditate; I do know that you’re supposed to silence your mind. I did my best to silence all outside thoughts and worries. Out of nowhere I started repeating a self loving phrase that I think I needed a reminder of?
As the rain sounds faded and the metal bowls started, it felt like I could visualize and feel waves of sound. I could feel the waves and each wave was a different colour. I have never felt colour before and it sounds weird, but that’s the best way I can think to describe it.
At one point I could really hear and feel my heart pounding, which was a bit startling for a minute, but then I re-focused on the sounds of the waves. My hammock was still gently moving. I started to feel a little cold so I covered myself with my blanket, you bring your own blanket and a small neck pillow, if you have one.
To be completely honesty, when we started I wondered if I was going to get bored at some point, since the session is a full hour. But that didn’t happen, I don’t think I feel asleep, but I for sure zoned out. Because all of a sudden the metal bowl noises started to slow down with moments of silence in between. That sort of brought me back to reality and as the rainfall sounds began again, I opened my eyes and my hammock was completely still. The hour flew by and was over.
Marc told us to stretch out and to start moving our bodies a bit, a few moments later we were ready to leave our colourful cocoons.
During the session we were told to turn off our phones, I had asked Nathalie for permission to take a few photos afterwards for this blog post.
This is my zen selfie, I just felt relaxed and at peace, I look a little funny.
We got to chat with Nathalie a bit afterwards, I asked her how long she had been in business; she told us it’s been four years. She shared that this had always been her dream of hers and that when she turned fifty, she left her job at Canada Post, where she had worked for twenty years plus years.
She had a five year planned mapped out and achieved those goals after just five months! They built the boutik and studio and had plans to for a sleeping area, as a sort of holistic hostel, before Covid hit. Those plans are now on hold, but they are back open for business. They’ve adjusted the number of hammocks per class in order to have everyone properly distanced.
I love that this was her dream and that at fifty she decided to go for it! It’s inspiring and I think it speaks to the power of women and the people and families that help support them…us.
I highly recommend you try this! Even if you think it’s not really your thing, I thought the same thing and now I want to return with a few of my friends, who just between you and I need to chill out! Lol
Follow Thaly Holistic-Boutik on Facebook, they have a list of upcoming classes. You need to confirm your attendance in order to reserve your hammock. I just confirmed interested, so I was lucky that there was one hammock left for me. They are located on 5220 Route 115, in the Bouctouche area, not certain if they are withing the limits or just outside?
Tell them you heard about them from my little blog! And let me know about your experience.
If you aren’t in and around this region, look up something similar or even try something that is out of comfort zone, you just may like it??
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Behind the Scenes
I wasn’t kidding when I said that Michelle was an old family friend. Our parents have been friends forever, here she is at my first birthday. Man, I am happy I grew into my cheeks!!!