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BACKGROUND

Description of Offering:
Primordial Sound meditation allows you to embark on an inner journey to experience the quiet that already exists within you and reconnect to your spirit. Through this place of stillness you will find the birthplace of happiness, creativity and possibilities.

Believed Origin(s):
The offering has it's roots in ancient practices.
Ayurveda (Ancient India)                                             

Believed Creator(s):  
Dr. Deepak Chopra & Dr. David Simon (India)

Offering History:
The origins of this practice come from the yoga tradition in ancient India. Thousands of years ago, the rishis or (seers of India) cognized that the universe has it’s own sounds, which change with the cycle of the moon. These primordial sounds can be considered the basic vibrations of nature such as the sound of wind through the trees, the waves crashing on the shore or rain falling on the ground. Using ancient Vedic mathematics, the sound of the universe at the time and place of ones birth can be determined. This sound becomes the individual's personal sound 'mantra' and helps one find the connection to who they essentially are. While meditation has been used for thousands of years when Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon brought this style of meditation to The Chopra Center he gave this style of a meditation a new name of Primordial Sound.

Fun Fact:
The mantras do not have a particular meaning but are used for their sound or vibration.

BENEFITS

PRIMARY benefit received from the offering:
To connect to the spirit and our own essential nature.

Other benefits received from the offering:         
Energy Alignment
Sense of Escape/Solitude
Stress Reduction
Pain Reduction
Enhanced overall health

DETAILS:
Typical Length of Offering:
16 - 30 minutes

The offering is most often provided. . .
to one guest at a time.

Offering is primarily suited for the following type of spa(s):
Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa
Destination Spa

Number of Treatment Providers Needed to Produce the Offering:          
0 - Offering is generally self-directed

Protocol Comments:
One can take a course in Primordial Sound Meditation which is anywhere from 4 hours - 2 days. Once it is learned anyone can practice on their own.  This silent, mantra meditation allows one to interrupt the internal dialogue and experience silence.  PSM uses a particular sound that was evident at the time of one’s birth. To obtain your individual sound you need to know the date, time and location of your birth.  Once you are given your personal mantra is it not to be said out loud.   

Typical session:
Find a quiet place and set a time for 30-minutes (do not play music)
Sit comfortably and close your eyes
Begin the silent repetition of your mantra.  The mantra is repeated as follows “Om, your mantra, Namaha.” 
When distracting thoughts come, bring attention back to the mantra.  

It is recommended to meditate twice a day for 30 minutes each time. Meditation is ideally done at the same time each day. Once when you wake and again in the time between work and dinner.

Type of Space and/or Facility Most Often Used:
Specialty Space (labyrinth, infusion room, color therapy, etc.)

Other Spaces and/or Facilities That Can be Used:
One on One Consultation Area
Traditional Classroom
Any quiet area

How many towels are used (any size):
0

Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?
No

How many sheets are used?      
0

How many different products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.) are used in this offering?
None

Approximate product cost per treatment:
$0 USD

Disposable Supplies Commonly Used in this Offering Include:
None

Equipment and Supplies Commonly Used to Provide the Offering Include:
Pillow(s)/Bolster(s)
Pillow or bolster is optional for comfort.

Beyond Labor, Linens, Disposable Supplies and Products, what other direct costs are associated with the offering?
A course in Primordial Sound Meditation is about $450 - $500 USD

Typical cost of the offering:
$0 - $500 USD

Comments about offering costs:
After the initial cost to learn the technique, it is free.

Typical single session price of the offering:         
$350 - $500 USD

Comments about offering price:
This includes only the price of the course.  After that there would be no price for self-administered meditation.

Sources:
Editors at Chopra.com.
What is Primordial Sound Meditation
The Chopra Center
http://www.chopra.com/articles/what-is-primordial-sound-meditation#sm.00003tpahnvupdgsqrs28a1gwcjla

Colebourn, J.
Primordial Sound Meditation
Positive Health
1998
http://www.positivehealth.com/article/meditation/primordial-sound-meditation

Author Information:
Cheri Rampacek
Spa Director, The Spa at Torrey Pines

Cheri Rampacek is a Nutritionist, Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor and Spa Director. She has been working in health and wellness for the past twenty years and currently manages The Spa at Torrey Pines.  When not at work she enjoys running, yoga, swimming in the ocean and volunteering her time with the animals at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Editor Information:
Mary Wisnom
Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA