If you’ve never been to a gong bath and would like to know a bit more about happens ….. well, in essence it’s very simple … you lay snuggled on a yoga mat (or similar) snuggled up in a blanket and let the sounds of the gong wash over you (hence the name gong bath)
But what’s going on? Sound can be very powerful – just think how music can affect – physically, mentally and emotionally – can make you feel happy, sad, alive, relaxed etc. Gongs are used as a form sound therapy, with the player taking you into a deep state of relaxation in order that tension can be released.
Or as my friend Martyn puts it: “A gong bath is an opportunity for you to have time to yourself, to deeply relax and rejuvenate, and to delight in the awesome sounds of the gong.”
The vibrations of the gong have wonderful effects on the human being from top to toe. On a physical level, your cells will all vibrate (some people who feel this strongly describe it as their limbs feeling fizzy!). On an emotional level you may find yourself opening up from the heart, feeling things you’ve not felt since childhood. And in the mind, your brainwaves are massaged such that you go through states akin to day-dreaming, meditation and deep sleep. Many people find the experience very spiritual in nature, and most find it deeply relaxing.
Inevitably, everyone’s experience will be slightly different as we all come to the gong bath feeling different. Most people tell me they feel amazing – relaxed and energised; that they sleep like a log and can’t wait for the next time! Sometimes when there is a lot of tension to release (mental, physical, emotional) you can feel slightly irritable or tearful afterwards …but that’s a good thing … shows healing taking place.
The first time you come, inevitably, you’ll be feeling curious, perhaps even a bit nervous. A lot of people have told me it just gets better each time they come along.