gong sound bath
What is a Gong Bath?!
A gong bath (aka gong sound bath, gong therapy or gong sound healing) is generally taken sitting or lying on a mat, fully clothed, with a blanket and a cushion. Once you get into a comfortable position, all you need to do is close your eyes.
Initially the gongs are played softly and as the gong bath progresses the volume is gradually increased. The frequencies, harmonics and dynamics are also varied throughout the session.
Gong therapy has been around for thousands of years. It is said that gongs and other sound healing instruments can help clear the subconscious mind, whilst engaging your natural healing systems.
What can I expect from a Gong Bath?
The sound of the gong cuts through mental chatter and can quickly create a meditative state and deep relaxation:
- At the very least most people find gong baths a calming and peaceful experience. This is due to the vibrating sound waves relaxing the mind from a busy or cluttered Beta brainwave state towards a more daydreamy, and animated, Alpha brainwave state.
- As you continue to relax you may enter a Theta brainwave state which is associated with deep meditation and hypnosis. It’s in this Theta Brainwave state that we access our subconscious, creative and imaginative state. Do you get some of your best ideas on the brink of sleep?
- Some people relax so much that they start to snore, this is the activation of the delta brainwave state!
The best thing is that you don’t need to know how to meditate, or concentrate very much at being mindful and present. The gong sound bath can quickly transport you to a meditative state, for the duration of which, you may well let go of your daily stresses and anxieties, and leave the session feeling quite relaxed.
Deep Theta Brainwave State
relaxed & Refreshed
YOGA STUDIO: Get in touch for partnership opportunities to host regular or one off Gong Baths for your clients
CORPORATE WELLNESS: Treat your teams, block out a room in your office and host a Gong Bath, or a series of sessions to promote relaxation
FESTIVALS: Host a gong bath as an offering to ease your punters into the day
EVENTS TEAMS: Are you organising a meeting or event anywhere in the UK? That’s fine, get in touch to discuss your wellbeing needs
NHS/Social Prescribing: Patients with ever busy minds, and anxiety, have said that they appreciate the escape and feeling of decompression post our Gong Sound Baths
Gong Sound Bath affect on red blood cells!?
This video is very interesting, and seems to align with the above research.
A live blood analysis before and after 20 mins of gong a sound bath. The previously viscous or sticky red blood cells have loosened up and separated, and regained their rounded form.
I’d certainly be keen to explore this further, and gain insight from local haematology specialists here in Wales.
What's the theory behind Gong Bath & Sound Therapy?
It’s believed that gong therapy can reduce stress and relieve emotional blockages, as when the mind and body relax and begin to synchronise with the lower frequencies and vibrations, then balance is restored.
This theory is based on the principle that all matter contains atoms in continual vibration, whether or not we see it moving or hear it, everything has a vibrating frequency. Every organ, bone, every cell in the body has its own resonant frequency.
Anxiety, worry, stress, anger, fear, and frustration are said to cause a shift to the harmony and frequency of our cells from being resonant to dissonant, and as such creates disharmony.
The principle of Brain Entrainment suggests that powerful rhythmic vibrations from one continual rhythmic or harmonious source (like gongs, singing bowls) are thought to cause the less powerful vibrations of another source to lock into, or synch to the lower vibration frequencies of the first external stimulus. As such our brain cells respond by firing their own electric cycles to that of the dominant frequency. This is often knowns as Frequency Following Response (FFR)
Gong Meditation is said to stimulate such vibration in our body’s molecules and cells, and the frequency following response induces us into a deeply relaxed and meditative state, in which our brain stops trying to figure things out and operates at a slower pace compared to our normal busy brainwave state. So effective sometimes, some people let go and fall asleep.
Sound Waves & Clinical Research
Music and sound therapy using various sources and instruments has been used in a number of clinical settings, from treating autism and alzheimer’s to tinnitus, fibromyalgia and pain.
Whilst the exact mechanisms of sound and vibrational therapy are yet to be understood, current research is promising.
A research paper published in May this year in Healthcare, titled the ‘Possible mechanism for the effects sound vibrations on humans’ explored in detail data around vibroacoustics and effects of specific frequencies in various therapeutic settings. It seems specialists are “beginning to identify how vibration affects ‘blood, brain, and bone’ but that the means of effect is highly complex”. Their research framed an urgent need to advance this potentially potent form of treatment.
Here’s some gong specific research reporting relaxation benefits:
- High-intensity, low-frequency combination of singing bowls, gongs, and bells in a sound meditation could induce a deep relaxation response and positively affect mood and sense of well-being.
- Effect of sound vibrations from gong baths defined by users as healing and/or relaxing. They testified on achieving durable inner peace, on better physical and mental wellbeing, fresh impetus for work, desire for personal growth and other positive effects.