Gong Baths, one of the most soothing, healing and relaxing practices you can do for yourself. Unlike a regular massage there is no touching involved, yet you walk away with that same feeling of deep relaxation and rejuvenation. This technique of using sounds through vibration and frequency to heal the body has been practiced all over the world and is another great noninvasive experience.
Sound healing history…
As mentioned above sound healing has been around for thousands of years. A good example of this is can be seen amongst the Aborigines in Australia. Have you seen and heard of the didgeridoo? It’s an iconic instrument of Aborigines, being used for over 40,000 years as a sound healing tool. The didgeridoo is used in ceremonies, and in more modern time for people to show off their busking skills. As our culture evolves (or devolves), we sometimes forget how important these sound healing tools once were; as sound instruments such as the didgeridoo were used 40,000 years ago to heal broken bones, muscle tears, and many illnesses.
A Gong Bath is is when deep healing sound washes over you. These sounds gently put you into a deeper state of relaxation and helps your brain go into a delta state. The delta state in sleep is when your body heals and repairs; so to be able to get into this state via listening to a gong is probably why this age old therapeutic healing practice has been around for centuries. Often during a gong bath you will feel the vibration from various sounds ripple throughout your body and may even have visions or lose all track of time.
How can it help me?
Everything you see around you is vibrating at a frequency, whether we hear it or not. A good example of this would be wifi and cell phones, it’s something most of us use everyday without a second thought and because it has only been around for a few years few studies have been done on long-term effects to our health. It has however been proven that sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level and influence how we feel and function. So with this in mind, we need to be aware and protect ourselves and families by being aware of the frequencies around us.
If you have read other blogs on our website you will know that the power of thought, especially intention, can shape how we feel and how we heal. Just like having an intention set before you to do a meditation, the same practice can be applied before you have a gong bath. A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind, a purpose, or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” By thinking and visualizing a positive outcome and adding healing sounds while you relax can become a very powerful tool for you. You can read a more detailed analysis between this idea and sound therapy by clicking here.
Why experience a sound bath?
If nothing else the sound of live instruments that help you to relax is awesome! There is something about it that resonates deep into your bones. Have you ever gone to a concert, live gig or even the movies with surround sound and been seduced and lost in the moment of it all? Well this is no different except you are laying on the floor surrounded by beautiful pillows, blankets and often candles which makes it such a luxurious way to relax. There are no distractions because you can’t talk to anyone, so you learn to let go of the clutter, lists and things you need to do when you get home. Most sessions last for an hour and it is recommended you drink lots of water after as the sound also helps your body release toxins and it takes three days for it to settle into your system.
Sound baths are another great to help you live a vibrant life. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast with sound therapist Otto below.