There is nothing quite like a gong bath meditation. This ancient healing technique offers benefits for anxiety, sleep, stress and many other mental health problems. Not to mention, they are serenely relaxing. I personally find them utterly divine.
You may have noticed how popular they have been getting. If you visit a bigger 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 baths.
So, what, exactly, is that?
A gong bath meditation is an old form of sound healing meditation that is rapidly becoming popular today in 2020 [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. Other healing instruments include tuning forks, drumming therapy, Tibetan singing bowls, and mantras.
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.”
There are a variety of different instruments and sounds that are used in gong baths. Of course, meditation gong sounds are the best. In my experience, when you meditate on these instruments you gain all sorts of benefits, from incredibly personal insights to serene relaxation.
What Happens in A Gong Bath Meditation? Zen, That’s What
In a gong bath meditation, we lie down with our heads near the instruments. The conductor then plays these instruments while they are right next to us. This creates vibrations that “bathe” us in therapeutic sound. You can feel the resonance of the instruments from your tippy-toes to your crown. You simply close your eyes and meditation while those divine sounds wash over you.
It’s something you really have to experience for yourself. It is a divine sense of relaxation and inner peace that you receive when you meditate in a gong bath. It heals both the mind and body.
You might wonder just where exactly a gong bath’s healing properties come from. 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 a vibration. If you meditate you will likely sense your own internal vibration. All of your organs are vibrating. The exact frequency of these vibrations effect 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 through 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.
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 sound bath, a process called entrainment, and this helps 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 5 of the best benefits of gong baths.
1: Healing Anxiety
Perhaps the number one benefit of gong baths is for their effect on anxiety. The frequencies of sounds activates alpha and theta brainwaves, which are associate with inner peace and relaxation—precisely what you want when you have anxiety.
Although specific scientific research on 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 sync’s two. When this tone is of a certain frequency is 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 baths help you to sleep better. They do this by producing 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 sleep.
3: 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.
4: Helps you go deeper in 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 the perfect example of this. The sounds produce alpha and theta brainwaves that help you to relax. This, in turn, will help you to go deeper in meditation.
Because of the benefits that we have looked at above, it is not unusual for gong bath meditations to be used in therapy 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 they help with stress, anxiety and other problems.
Are Sound baths dangerous?
As of 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.