Surrounded by sound
I was first introduced to sound baths while on a course. The teacher played a Crystal bowl for the class and I loved the experience. I then went to my first gong bath and have regularly attended them since. My experience of having a gong bath its difficult to articulate, it has to be experienced to understand. What I can say is the sounds affect my mind in a really positive way. I tend to have a very busy mind and when I meditate, it's for the most part, not an easy experience. The gongs seem to cut through all the mental chatter and this can last for some time afterwards. I also sleep soundly afterwards, sometimes (most times) I snooze during the session too. I always feel deeply rested afterwards. It’s been a real gift to experience and now share this with other people.
A gong bath is an immersive sound experience. It's called a 'bath' because sound waves bathe you as relax. All that is required of the person attending a gong bath is to be warm and comfortable so they can relax. The listener only has to let go and allow the sound of the gong to do the work.
Modern-day science has proven that all matter consists of energetic vibrations or waveforms, and that all waveforms produce sound even if we can't hear them. All matter vibrates and the human body is no different. The physical sound vibration of the gong provides a potentially harmonising and powerful vehicle for meditation & transformation.
During peaceful states of the mind, which are typically achieved during meditative phases, the body’s natural healing process is profoundly supported.
The sound and resulting vibrations generated by the gongs and other sound instruments such as singing bowls, stimulate the theta brain frequencies that are commonly associated with deeper states of meditation. Heart and respiratory rates slow down, tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system or rest and digest mode and into a place where the body is more able to heal itself.