Gong baths - What are they?

Feeling out of rhythm? Immerse yourself in the healing vibrations of a Gong Bath.

If you want another calming and healing way of bathing, rather than submerging yourself in water, consider immersing yourself in sound waves. A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where a gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing; this can be done on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. This form of sound therapy goes back thousands of years. The ancient Asian technique, where participants are ‘bathed’ in sound waves, is said to produce an extraordinary feeling of well-being through the vibration of water within the body. The therapy is thought to heal the resting nervous system, aid stress reduction and break emotional blockages and can be used to manage a variety of health conditions. Feeling tones are heard not just by the ears but felt kinaesthetically by the entire body as a collective ear. In reality, it’s like receiving a sound massage. While there is little scientific research into gong baths and sound healing, anecdotal evidence is strong and there are many studies citing the profound ways that music affects the brain. The use of gongs and Tibetan bowls is said to stimulate the alpha and theta brainwaves associated with meditative states. Some studies have shown patients who are exposed to music report less pain, while large-scale reviews of over 400 research papers into the neurochemistry of music show that listening to music has clear benefits for mental and physical health.

“Sound therapy is thought to heal the resting nervous system, aid stress reduction and break emotional blockages.”

Due to COVID restrictions, lots of studios have made the move online, bringing the healing powers of the gong home…

ilapothecary are hosting beautiful gong baths at their flagship store in Kensington twice a week in small group settings. 

If you’re new to gong baths @leo.cosendai is a fantastic resource to educate yourself on the many benefits and the power of sound healing. He covers all bases offering podcasts, audiobooks, training courses and meditation events.

@nadapriyayoga, Charlie will lead you through a sonic healing soundscape with her not one but four gongs, Tibetan bowls, rainstick interlacing movement, breath, mantra and meditation.

GONG London are offering live-streamed as well as in person sessions.

If you’ve never tried one, I recommend giving it a gong.

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