Before I became any good at meditation and calming my monkey mind I discovered the power of a Gong Bath. If you’re having trouble sleeping, feeling calmness, anxious, in pain and just being this might be the thing for you.
You see sound is the medicine of the future and past. We’ve forgotten when thousands of cultures knew and how they used it for healing, releasing and well being.
In this blog, you will discover my journey with sound and in particular gongs that have come into my life from London to Australia. When I think no more gong baths for me, a new opportunity arises. Gongs are powerful instruments of change and you can find out more about these ancient tools in the blog below.
How did I find a Gong Bath?
Gong Baths are one of the most soothing, body detoxing holistic rejuvenating vibrational ancient tools. A gong bath or gong sound meditation is a sound massage for the body and mind (great for those of you who like the idea of a massage, but don’t like to be touched).
My first experience of a sound massage was at an experimental Aphex Twin performance, I left feeling so relaxed and overwhelmed that vibrational sound could have such an effect on me. When I heard about mysterious gong baths I was intrigued by this frequency healing technique and had to try it out.
“Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, which scientists believe contributes to memory loss in ageing.
The sound stimulation significantly enhanced deep sleep in participants and their scores on a memory test.” ~ sciencedaily.com
A Gong Bath is a Sound Therapy you need to try!
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 powerful
It was said by the Ancients that if you were Gonged for ten days you would be cured of anything. The current opinion of the scientific community is that the use of sound is a valuable tool in the treatment of many conditions, ailments and diseases.
When the Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux was here is also mentioned this at one of his talks. The power of sound and in particular Gongs is a new concept in the west, but we are starting to slowly understand how it can help us.
A Gong Bath is no different, as the sound washes over you gently and creates resonance in the body. The more I discover about myself and holistic therapies, the more I find nature, similarities across cultures and that the ancient nature-based communities had it gonging on!
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. St. John’s Gospel, Ch 1, v 1 – 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. I feel in the western world we have forgotten how to get in tune with our bodies, listen to what they are telling us and the wisdom that life doesn’t have to be stressful and filled with stuff.
The top 3 ways a gong bath can help you
The power of gongs helps us easily and it is the act of not doing but listening. Too often people this of meditation as something hard and that you have to fight against. For example not letting your thoughts and mind chatter go. Sometimes this isn’t always easy.
When you attend a gong bath you will see and feel how easy this type of meditation is as the tones carry you away to where ever you need to be without judgment or inner criticism.
- Drop into an effortless state of relaxation
- It’s deeply rejuvenating for our bodies and ells
- It can be very transformative in helping you with unblocking emotions
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 uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health.
Therapeutic Sound healing practices like a Gong Bath uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health.
Essentially you go into a deep state of meditation and relaxation and then the real work begins while you get bathed in the gentle sound waves. Many people fall asleep, snore, fart and wake up feeling like they’ve had 8 hours sleep!
To greater amplify the healing effectiveness of a Gong Bath all you need to add is your intention before a session. Adding good intentions to your everyday living is a holistic way of thinking and even though you may not believe in such things, just give it a try and you might be surprised by the results.
Once you start to open yourself up to this way of thinking and visualise a positive outcome for anything in your life (before a gong session you could visualise overcoming a health issue) the success of the outcome is intensified because the energy of intention is a powerful tool.
If you would like to read a more detailed analysis of how sound therapy works and the power of intention click here.
What happens in a Gong Bath?
In a typical gong bath setting, you lay down on comfy mats with a pillow and blanket over you, close your eyes and just 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, from sleeping to having visualisations. When the session is over which is normally 45mins light percussion is played to help gently wake your body and energy back up. You often feel like 2mins has past or a few hours has passed, either way you feel great!
It is a sound detox as the sound will last for three days in your system. You must drink lots of clean water afterwards and most people experience a happy buzz for days.
For some people they might notice emotions that come to the surface, I’ve seen people who have had serious injuries not feel pain anymore and you may find your life purpose is more clear. The power of Gongs is amazing!
My experience with Gong Sound Meditations
I love hearing the sound of live instruments, there is something about it that resonates deep into my bones. You can either lay down or sit up for a Gong Bath, the room is warm, there are pillows and blankets provided (being cosy helps you to relax) and just let the sound take you away.
You can either lay down or sit up for a Gong Bath, the room is warm, there are pillows and blankets provided (being cosy helps you to relax) and just let the sound take you away.
Feeling the vibration of the gong go through my whole body and it’s such a lovely experience to let go of all the noise and clutter in your life. When I started to awaken I felt like I had been in a really deep sleep for hours, it was a good feeling.
The Gong Bath releases toxins from your system, so it’s advised to drink lots of water after to flush them out more quickly. The Gong Bath effects can also last for the next three days, as mentioned previously and I always feel like I’ve had a major detox. On a mental level, I’ve more clarity, but it will affect everyone differently.
I’ve been going to gong baths for years now, it’s become part of my self-care routine. I believe it’s helped me discover many healing Eastern practices, opened my creativity centre and helped me get more clarity on how I can be of more service to the world.
I wrote this article a few years ago and since then the Gongs have taken me on a journey!
Now based in Queensland, Australia I discovered gongs here. I even lived with someone who played The Gongs for a living. There were 6 of them in our event space, it was truly bliss.
Gongs have helped to inspire me to take a deeper look at the power of sound and I’ve started to include Sound as part of my Body Rebalancing Massage.
The Gong Bath podcast with Otto Sound Therapy
When I was in the USA I did a bunch of podcasts with Kate from Extreme Health Radio. This is one we did with my friend Otto in London, he helped me see the power of sound.
We are all Gong Masters!
In 2017 I got the opportunity to meet the great Gong Master Don Conreaux from Holistic Resonance.
For the past 40 years, has brought the mystical sounds of the ancient bronze gong (tam tam), bells, bell bowls, shofar and the spiral sea horn (conch) to millions of listeners around the world.
When he stayed at my house I felt his gentle kindness and listened to his words of wisdom. He said we are all Gong Masters and I resonated with his message of peace and the age of the competitive masculine era is over as we enter this Aquarian age.
Don’s visit inspired me to go on an even deeper journey with sound. He mentioned how everyone needs to be playing the gong as it will help bring peace to the earth.
The next wave of healing through sound is coming and I’m seeing more and more people drawn to it even if it’s just singing to yourself. I’ve personally seen it’s power when you add pure love and intention to whatever you play in my one on one massages and in my women’s circles.
Here is Don talking about the Mirror Gong – they are powerful instruments of change 🙂