There is nothing quite like a gong bath meditation. The benefits of this technique include reduced anxiety, increased happiness, better mental health, and so much more.
Gong bath meditations are an ancient healing technique that are once again becoming popular today. Indeed. if you happen to live in a big city like London or Manchester in the UK, or Chicago in the U.S, you will definitely find yoga studios and sound therapy centres that offer gong bath meditation.
So what is this rising trend all about?
What Is A Gong Bath Meditation?
A gong bath meditation is an old form of sound healing meditation that is rapidly becoming popular today in 2022 [READ: Different Sound Healing Instruments And Meditations].
Gongs are one of the oldest of all sound healing instruments. They have been used for almost 6,000 years. And just like their cousins, the Tibetan singing bowl, gongs are incredibly powerful.
Essentially, you sit or lie down surrounded by gongs. Someone then plays those gong for you, which creates an incredibly rich and resonant sound. And then you meditate on the sound.
And it feels amazing.
You can feel the resonance of the instruments from your tippy-toes to the crown of your head. You can feel the reverberations deep inside of you. And those reverberations are great for healing, as I will discuss in just a moment.
How Gong Bath Meditations Work
You might wonder just how exactly a gong bath can heal you. Well, just like when you meditate on Tibetan Singing Bowls, the instruments create specific frequencies that heal the mind and body.
Everything in the universe vibrates at a certain frequency. This includes you and me, as well as all objects in the universe. There is always vibration.
If you meditate you will likely sense your own internal vibration. All of your organs are vibrating. The exact frequency of these vibrations affects both mind and body.
Optimally, there will be a uniform frequency in your internal vibrations. This unity creates a sense of inner stillness and peace. However, periods of stress or anxiety can throw your internal vibrations out of whack. And at these times you might like to do a gong bath meditation to restore your optimal internal frequencies.
One of the masters of these age-old healing instruments is Don Conreaux. Speaking about the benefits of gong bath meditation, Conreaux says they are “transformative. [They] release tone resonance and complex harmonics that are transferred to the recipient.”
When you lie down in the yoga pose called Shavasana, and let the sounds wash over you, you heal your mind and body. Your body syncs to the frequencies of the gong bath thanks to a process called entrainment, and this helps to heal every part of you.
Healing Effects and Benefits of Gong Bath Meditation
There are many benefits of gong bath meditations—and not just the fact that they make you feel so utterly relaxed! Here are five of the best benefits of gong bath meditation.
1: Anxiety relief
Perhaps the number one benefit of gong baths is anxiety relief. The frequencies of sounds activate alpha and theta brainwaves, which are associated with inner peace and relaxation—precisely what you want when you have anxiety.
Although specific scientific research is limited, we know from research into binaural beats that we can heal the mind by producing two sound tones simultaneously . This produces a third tone, which is the tone the brain syncs two. When this tone is of a certain frequency it manifests in healing properties for both mind and body. This is how gong sound therapy helps with anxiety, stress, and other mental health problems.
2: Better Sleep
Gong bath meditation helps you to sleep better because they produce alpha and theta brainwaves.
We know from science that during the first stage of sleep there is increased activity in both alpha and theta brainwaves. The theta brainwaves continue to increase as we go deeper into the first stage of sleep.
So, part of entering sleep is the activation of alpha and theta brainwaves. These are precisely the types of brainwaves that gong baths produce. And this is why they help you to sleep.
3: Better nervous system and blood pressure
It is a well-established scientific fact that when we are relaxed the nervous system functions better and our blood pressure normalises.
Many studies have shown how certain sound healing instruments can help our inner system to relax and therefore to function better. For instance, research conducted by Landry, J.M., revealed that singing bowls can lead to physiological and psychological benefits . The research suggests that instruments that create similar sounds to singing bowls will offer the same benefits. And yes, this includes gongs.
4: Deeper meditation
Probably the most common problem people experience with meditation is that they can’t relax enough to get into it. One solution is to use tools and instruments to help your mind to relax while you meditate.
A gong bath meditation is a perfect example. The sounds produce alpha and theta brainwaves that help you to relax. In turn, this helps you to go deeper in meditation.
Because of the benefits that we have looked at above, it is not unusual for therapists to use gong baths for anxiety, depression, and other (mostly) mental health problems. Indeed, they are one of the longest-standing therapies in traditional Eastern Medicine.
Basically, they’re divine
There are so many benefits of gong bath meditations, as we’ve seen above. But to be honest with you, what I love most about them is that they are simply divine. They’re so relaxing. It really is a unique experience. That’s why I recommend you try one.
Are gong baths good for you?
There is limited empirical evidence to suggest whether gong baths are good for you. However, from research into other forms of sound healing, it is likely that they help with mental health conditions and overall have a therapeutic effect on the mind and body.
What should I bring to a sound bath?
The yoga studio or sound therapy studio will provide everything you need. Simply wear comfortable clothing.
What does a gong bath do?
In a gong bath meditation, you are submerged in the sound. This produces alpha and theta brainwaves that are associated with inner peace and relaxation. Therefore, we can use gong baths for anxiety, stress, and other problems.
Are sound baths dangerous?
As of the date of writing, there are no scientifically established dangers of sound baths. People with pre-existing mental health problems should consult a healthcare professional before doing gong bath meditation.
How do you feel after a gong bath?
Most people feel very relaxed after a gong bath. If you have ever experienced a deep and restorative night’s sleep, this is similar.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison