yogabeing

yoga blog by yoga lover in Bicester

Want to try a Gong bath??

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.

So, treat yourself … book into the next gong bath with yogabeing, lay down, relax and let the sounds and vibrations do their thing!

 

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Reiki

As I am now offering Reiki treatments in Bicester, though it might be helpful to write a little about what Reiki is and how it can be of benefit.  I’ve found that lots of websites talk in really ‘airy fairy’ language that can be difficult to understand …. so I’ve used plain english!!

What is Reiki

In essence, Reiki is a relaxing experience, drawing on natural energy systems (Prana, Chi) that help mind, body and emotions to release so that the body’s natural healing mechanisms are encouraged to do their work. Some therapists use a hands on’ technique, but my preference is for ‘hands off’ – this is both so that I can feel the energy fields better, and also because it seems to be preferred by my clients.  So, I work using a ‘no touch’ therapy.  You lay, fully clothed on a treatment couch, probably snuggled in a blanket.

What can you expect?

I will talk to you to find out a bit about you and what has brought you along for a Reiki treatment.  Then I’ll encourage you to relax and begin the treatment.  You may be aware of sensations of warmth and tension release.  After the treatment, it’s up to you whether you wish to ask any questions, or simply to just relax for a few minutes.

And after the treatment?

Drink plenty of water and try to make time to relax to enhance the benefits of the treatment.

How often is Reiki advised?

It is very much a personal choice how often you have a Reiki treatment.  Many people book a 4-6 weekly session, much like you might a massage.  Others may book a course of several treatments to help them through a difficult period in their lives.

What to look for in a Reiki Therapist?

Someone who is qualified, and someone with whom you feel a sense of connection.  There is a trend for beauty therapists to offer Reiki treatments – but my suggestion would be to look for someone who works more with energy fields than nail varnish!  To me there is a high difference in being able to massage away tense muscles, to using a ‘no touch’ more spiritually oriented therapy to release tension from mind and emotions as well as body.

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