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What Is Gong Bath / Sound Therapy?

Definition

Gong Bath is a form of Sound Therapy, a form of relaxation or meditation using instruments produced to have a therapeutic sound.  These include a gong or gongs that are attuned with varying frequencies and vibrational tones. 

Participants are invited to sit or lie down, by relaxing on cushions or a chair and experience being ‘immersed in sound’.  The gongs are played by a qualified Gong Master who uses the tones, sounds and rhythm with varied timing which supports the individual to achieve a relaxed state, the participant is suitably prepared for the session with information and a meditation to support their experience, enabling them to feel safe and supported. 

Scientific Evidence

The frequencies of the Gong and sounds of this and other instruments used are designed to support participants to be able to experience relaxation by Brain entrainment (a change in brainwave frequencies), this is achieved by the tones and changes in rhythm which enables the brain to enter an Alpha brainwave state, then a Theta brainwave state.  Alpha brainwaves are defined as frequencies between 8 and 12 Hz, examples of Alpha Brainwaves are imagination, daydreaming and associative thinking and they are present in relaxation states. Theta waves (4-7 Hz) are present during dream sleep or deep meditation. Some studies are being conducted into Altered States of Consciousness and their benefits for healing, for this Delta brainwaves may be achieved (.5-5 Hz) which are associated with deep sleep or deeper meditation.  The sound and vibrations of the gong resonates in every cell of the body, so is a powerful and effective way to induce a relaxed state.  The sound waves stimulate the endocrine system which is linked to our ‘fight or flight’ response and production of cortisol.

Participants Experiences

Often participants to a gong bath will sleep or achieve a relaxed state that feels comfortable.  The varying tones and crescendos of the gong, drums and other instruments used may wake the participant at times as they ‘shift’ and let go over energies that have been ‘stuck’ in the body.  It is likely that the participant will feel sleepy or rested after the gong bath. 

Reported benefits from attending a Gong Bath

Reported benefits from participants attending a Gong Bath include

  • Relaxation
  • Stress release
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Release of anger/ frustration
  • Support with balance of the body (homeostasis)
  • Releasing pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased awareness (physical/ body awareness and mental clarity)
  • Also support with circulation, energy blockages and reduction in emotional stress