Gong Baths are one of the most soothing, detoxing & holistic vibrational ancient tools. A gong bath (or gong sound meditation) is a 'sound massage' for the body and mind..
In the East, gongs were only reserved for royalty- but worldwide sound healing has been around for thousands of years. The Aborigines in Australia have been using the didgeridoo, as a sound healing tool for over 40,000 years. They healed broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses with this intention based vibrational sounding instrument.
Gongs are very powerful. It was said by the Ancients that if you were 'Gonged' for ten days you would be cured of anything. The current opinion in the scientific community is that the use of sound is a valuable tool in the treatment of many conditions, ailments and diseases. Many spiritual traditions speak of sound as being the formative force of creation.
Our biology hasn’t changed much over the last couple of thousand years, but technology, social norms, lifestyles and beliefs have.
How does a gong bath work?
Everything you see around you is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not (yes wifi and all those gadgets you love give off a frequency too). Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level & influence how we feel and function. Sound healing practices like a Gong Bath use vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health. The gong sound is changed frequently to avoid producing a fixed, monotonous rhythm. The auditory stimuli of the gong bath process lead to entrainment, a form of beneficially modified brainwave frequencies. The first brainwave state to be reached is alpha, which is defined by frequencies between 8 and 12 Hz. Alpha brainwaves are associated with creativity and feelings of relaxation. In this state, people experience daydreams, associative thinking and an animated imagination. This state is quickly followed by an influx of theta brainwaves, which fall between 4 and 7 Hz. Normally, the theta brainwave state is associated with deep meditation, hypnosis and REM sleep.
What happens in a Gong Bath Meditation?
In a typical gong bath setting like ours, you lay down on comfy mats with a pillow and blanket over you. You close your eyes and simply listen to the sound of the gongs wash over you. Within 20mins your brain changes state and your body relaxes. Your body will do what it needs to, from sleeping to having visualisations. When the session is over, some light percussion is played to help gently wake your body and pick your energy back up.