They are becoming increasingly popular but what is a gong bath?
We’ve had the pleasure of hosting Michelle from Ahimsa Holistic Therapies recently for our gong and sound bath events which have been magical.
But we often get asked about what happens at a gong bath – so instead of leaving them shrouded in mystery we thought we would explain here.
(Our next Gong & Sound Bath is on Sunday 23rd June 4-6:30pm and you can buy a ticket here)
What happens in a gong bath?
In our gong and sound bath events you will typically arrive 10 minutes before the start to get comfy, find a spot and make sure you have enough blankets etc to keep you cosy throughout. Michelle will greet everyone at the start with a short explanation and then we usually practice a little bit of gentle yoga to stretch out any aches and stiffness before lying down.
Everyone then finds a comfortable position to lie down for the next 60-75 minutes for the gong bath itself.
The lying down part can be treated as a long svasana or relaxation – there is nothing for you to achieve or do but simply lie down and experience the sound of the gongs. We typically have two gongs positioned at the front of the room and you will start to hear them play softly at first and then this shifts and changes as Michelle plays.
Symphonic and Wind Gongs are used as well as other instruments like crystal singing bowls and chimes. The rich harmonic frequencies of all of these will bathe you in sound while you switch off, feeling the stresses and strains of the day melting away as peace and harmony return to you.
What is the aim of a gong bath?
Our gong & sound bath events offer a chance to unwind, relax, let go of conscious thoughts. The vibrations produced by the gongs help to activate the part of our nervous system which calms us down and helps us to relax mentally and physically. The gongs are set to a particular frequency to promote balance and harmony in the body.
How will I feel?
A gong bath uses the method of sound and vibration to meditate with so, typically, you would feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Often people find that they feel calm and serene after a gong bath in a way that is hard to replicate by other methods. However we are all different in our physical, energetic and emotional bodies so each person’s experience is different.
The best way to find out is by trying one for yourself and having an open mind about the experience. Treat it as a golden opportunity to lie down and switch off for a while, it’s not often we get the chance to do that!
What happens if I fall asleep?
It’s not a problem if you fall asleep, your body will still be experiencing the vibration. It’s best to just be absorbed in the experience rather than worrying if you are doing anything right or wrong.
How does it end?
At the end of the gong bath you will hear…nothing. The experience is concluded with something known as Shunyata – a sanskrit word meaning sacred silence. The Shunyata is as important as the sounds made during the bath itself as it is a time to absorb the quiet and peace while the gongs are still working energetically on your body. You will be gently woken with the sound of koshi chimes to come back down to earth. We then offer a small snack and herbal tea so that you have a chance to ground yourself before heading home.
Why not give it a go yourself and come along to our Summer Solstice Yoga and Gong Bath on the 23rd June?