What is a Sound or Gong Bath?

A sound bath or gong bath (mostly gongs) is an immersive, full-body and mind listening experience that uses sound vibrations from highly resonant instruments to facilitate a gentle and powerful theraputic, balancing and restorative process in your mind and body.

All you have to do is get cosy and comfortable, usually lying down or seated, close your eyes, and be guided into relaxation, then allow the sonic vibrations to do the rest.

The instruments that I use are highly resonant. The main focus is a gong or two, with the addition of some other sounds from singing bowls, crystal bowls, chimes, shakers, drums, tongue drum, conch shell, shruti box, flute and voice.

Music is proven to activate the brain and positively influence mood and promote relaxation which alleviates the effects of stress on health and nervous system.

Esoterically, the acoustic field created by the gong (and other instruments potentially) is a multidimensional blanket of overtones, photons, energies and physical vibrations that the listener is immersed in, which can take the listener on an inner journey, which some believe may lead to experience of altered states, healing, rejuvenation, and transformation.

I find this video fascinating! It shows the effects of a 20 minute gong sound session on blood.

Gongs date back to the Bronze Age, about 3500 BC and were found in Mesopotamia, Burma, China, Java and Annam. A gong resonates with the whole of its’ being and is able to produce an endless array of harmonics and vibrations that can be felt as well as heard. 

The use of sound for healing can be traced back to ancient Greek, Egyptian, Tibetan and Himalayan cultures. The mathematician Pythagoras (born around 569 BC) used intervals of harmonic ratios as a medicine for dis-eases of the body, the emotions and the soul. Sound can be used to soothe the mind and emotions but the beneficial effects may go much deeper than emotional well-being. Harmonious sounds may also have a healing effect on the body at a cellular level. Science is now starting to catch up with ancient knowledge.