What is a Gong Bath Meditation?
A Gong sound bath is considered one of the most restorative and healing meditations because of the profound state of relaxation that can be attained in response to the sound vibrations.
The word bath is used to denote the waves of the sound that ‘wash’ over and through you and therefore an ‘inner’ cleansing takes place.
The gongs rich layer of overtones has a clearing effect on emotional issues which have been suppressed in the body and the sound vibrations can break up negative and limiting thought patterns.
Your whole physical body is bathed in sound and aches and pains often subside.
The total experience can be viewed as a total re-tuning of your whole self. For many, relief is immediate and for others, it may take a few gong baths until a deep state of relaxation and balance is reached.
Your role is in this event is to passively receive vibration which means all you have to do is close your eyes and simply allow the sound of the gong and other instruments to glide through you.
Sally will sensitively and mindfully play the gong for about 45 minutes and end in a powerful silence.
There is no script and musical score to follow. It is a totally organic space in the moment and one of deep inner exploration.
Come and experience for yourself the deep resonant sounds of the gong and let go and just breathe.
What to expect
An important point to emphasise is that you do not have to do anything except make yourself comfortable and let go and be open to receiving the sound vibrations of the gong.
You will be asked to lie on a mat or sit in a chair if you prefer and make yourself comfortable and cosy and place a blanket over yourself if you wish.
The session is started off by doing a breathing or visualisation meditation which helps the participants to begin to feel more relaxed.
Then I will bring in some other instruments such as a singing bowl, or wind chimes and slowly gently start to play the gong. The actual ‘sound bath’ usually lasts about 45 minutes and ends in 5 minutes silence.
During your first gong bath, your mind will most probably be curious to all the sounds so it may take one or two more gong baths to completely let go and relax but you should start to benefit from it from the very beginning.
In a busy world of mental overload, the sound vibrations of the gong helps the mind to slow down – it shifts the focus from the left hand side of the brain (logical, thinking, rational) to the right hand side (creative, intuitive).
It lowers the frequency of the brainwaves from alpha, then theta and sometimes to delta (sleep). Sometimes people do fall asleep if they are very tired.
The gong sounds work on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is likened to having a cleansing bath on the inside – helping to release toxins, shift negative thought patterns and emotions and to achieve a state of calm.