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A mother-of-two from Winfarthing is offering ‘sound baths’ for people looking to dip their toes into meditation.

Despite its name, Rose Haynes’ therapy sessions – which begin at Roots Activities Centre, in Diss, this week – do not involve immersing oneself in water.

Instead, clients are ‘bathed’ in sound waves and taken to a deep meditative state using a variety of instruments – from gongs and a drum kit to the soothing tones of the human voice.

Rose Haynes runs Kismet Wellbeing, using sound as a tool for meditation. Picture: Mecha Morton
Rose Haynes runs Kismet Wellbeing, using sound as a tool for meditation. Picture: Mecha Morton

Having spent her formative years in Indonesia before moving to Norfolk, aged 15, Mrs Haynes has never been a stranger to the world of holistic therapies.

“In Indonesia, massage is everything. If something is hurting, you have a massage; if you have a problem, you have a massage.

“So it’s always been part and parcel of my tradition.”

Despite training to become an accountant, she went on to spend six years as a masseuse, specialising in sports and holistic massages.

It was not until 2019, at a yoga festival in Reading, that the 39-year-old was first introduced to the practice of sound baths.

“I had a gong bath, and it was the first time I had experienced sound healing,” she said.

“I suddenly felt so connected to myself, and cocooned – almost as if I was in a bubble.

“When I got home, I thought to myself ‘I want more of that’, and I started doing lots of research.”

After undertaking a course with the British Association of Sound Therapy, she set up Kismet Wellbeing, and soon became one of the few sound bath practitioners in south Norfolk.

With participants laying flat on their backs, Mrs Haynes relies on her instruments to focus the mind during her hour-long sessions.

“It’s very relaxing,” she said. “And there’s not really any right or wrong way of doing it, but you’re brought to a really low brain level, where you feel like you’re in a dream state.”

To book a class or to find out more, click here.

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