Fluff yourself up for 2020 with a Gong Bath
Have you noticed the rising popularity of gongs lately, and wondered what all the fuss was about?
Have you seen a Gong Bath advertised locally but were not sure what on earth it entailed?
Well, there is no water involved, and your clothes remain firmly on! The ‘bath’ bit is you being bathed in sound. Practitioners use powerful instruments for healing with sound.
We work by intuitively manifesting a sound frequency. These frequencies can be made by a range of other instruments too besides the gong, for example, crystal bowls, flutes, the conch, drums, chimes, Himalayan bowls and the voice.
I use gongs handmade in Germany alongside other instruments. Some of my gongs are planetary, which means they have a fundamental note tuned to a planets harmonic series based on the orbit of that planet. Each planetary gong sounds so special. The earliest evidence of gong use dates to 4000bc and they are often used in meditation, yoga and sound baths.
Gongs work on the physical body as every cell in our bodies is a sound resonator, so it can respond to sounds outside of the body. Gong sound can be used to bring cells back to a harmonised state. Sound is a powerful healing tool as it can reach us on this cellular level. One of my clients described a session as similar to ‘being fluffed up like a pillow’.
An affordable way to receive the relaxing frequencies of the gongs is to attend a local gong bath. Here, a practitioner will play gongs, and other instruments, in a sequence for around 45 minutes.
You can lay on mats on the floor with a blanket or sit in a chair if more comfortable, and just relax and take in all the tones and harmonics as they vibrate your whole body and bring you into harmony.
You are nurtured in the gong space and made to feel comfortable. The lights are dimmed and sound healers are often reiki attuned and send this energy out into the room while playing.
We all have a lot on our plates right now and having something that is calming us, while not having to ‘do’ anything is the perfect antidote to our crazy lives.
The gongs also work on an emotional level and can bring up, and disperse, emotions that have been buried deep down for years. My attendees have reported feeling relaxed after gong baths and I have had a lot of reports of much-improved sleep quality. An attendee recently reported that gong baths enabled her to process the feelings of grief after her mother passed.
On a spiritual level, gongs can bring you into a trance. They do this by slowing down brain waves, allowing you to tune into the state where you are neither awake nor asleep. You can travel off in your mind to wonderful places and receive insights into life issues or wisdom about where to tread next on your life path.
Many of my regular clients report going through a spiritual awakening and spiritual changes in their lives after regular sound experiences. I have the privilege of observing those changes. An attendee of mine enjoys visions and says ‘I don’t know where I go when the gongs begin, but I never want to come back!’.
I host monthly Gong Baths in Buckhurst Hill & Castle Hedingham.
I also have the desire to help others grow and spread the gong benefits, so I have teamed up with my colleague Lisa Horwell of @Gratefulyogi to create a Gong Practitioner Training Course & Learn to Play The Gong days where people can have a go at playing healing sound instruments themselves, get certified to host their own gong baths and become one of the gong family!
So, if you would like to try something new in 2020 and fancy a ‘fluff up’, relaxation, some spiritual insight and a good night’s sleep, then give a gong bath a try, it is such a unique experience.
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