We’re all for the therapeutic benefits of soaking in a tub. But a sound bath? Dubbed by some as the “new meditation,” sound baths are popping up all over, especially in the Los Angeles area and more recently in New York City. Imagine sitting or lying comfortably for an hour or so while listening to the sounds of the heartbeat drum, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, perhaps even a didjeridoo (a very large wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians). Sound healers say the vibrations—the sonic waves that wash over you—create a state of profound relaxation, resulting in reduced heart rate, stress and anxiety. Participants report leaving the sound bath feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated.