The ultimate in relaxation, just sit or lay down and let the sounds wash over you.
The gong has therapeutic value: to detoxify, reduce blood pressure and relieve stress.
More passive than other practices, you simply immerse yourself in the sounds and vibrations.
Typical session length is 45 - 60 minutes.
Best suited for just before lunch or at the end of the day, content adjusted accordingly:
Midday: total relaxation of both mind and body, feel revitalised for the afternoon
End of day: wind down for the evening, helps you get a good night’s sleep
Take a short, 11 minute gong bath and feel the effect!
What Is A Gong Bath?
A gong bath is also known as a gong meditation or sound healing meditation. The sounds and vibrations of the gong help you achieve a deep sense of relaxation – all you have to do is lay down and let the sounds wash over you. Apart from its mesmerising sound, the gong has been shown to have therapeutic value: to detoxify, reduce blood pressure, relieve stress and stimulate the immune system.
Use of the gong dates back over 5,000 years, playing an important role in ceremonies and rituals among many cultures including China, Afghanistan, Greece, India, South America and Africa. Today it is used as part of therapeutic practice for its healing qualities, for both physical conditions such as spinal injuries, as well as mental and emotional conditions.
The sound is made by striking and rubbing the gong with different types of mallet. The sounds are complex, with undertones and overtones that people hear differently, so it’s a truly unique and personal experience.
How A Gong Bath Works?
A gong bath does not involve getting wet! We refer to taking a gong bath because sound flows in waves and you are immersed in the sound. Some describe it as a sonic massage as your body and mind absorb the sounds and vibrations of this ancient instrument.
It’s a passive experience, in that you simply lay down and let the gong work its magic. People have different experiences each time, some describe it as a journey, some describe seeing strong images and colours with their eyes closed, others feel great warmth. Gong benefits include profound relaxation, reduced blood pressure and stress. Clients tell us they sleep particularly well after a gong meditation.
To prepare you for a gong bath meditation we start with some stretching and breathing exercises to help relax the body and let go of the busyness of your day. We close each session with a short, grounding meditation.
Click on the links above for details of gong baths in London that you can enjoy face to face. But no matter where you are, you can also take part online, from the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Gong Bath Meditation Services, London
Corporate gong baths have become popular in recent times as organisations look to provide different wellbeing activities for their staff. A gong bath is a deeply relaxing experience that people enjoy sitting or laying down, they do not have to change out of their work clothes.
Gong bath events are typically held at lunchtime or at the end of the working day and comprise a set of warm up stretches and a meditation either side of the gong bath itself.
No experience is needed and no energy is expended. You simply close your eyes as you are immersed in the sounds and vibrations, taking you on a relaxing, meditative journey. Each time is different, sometimes you will emerge feeling calm as tension has been released, other times you will feel energised and vibrant.
Online gong baths are also available, with the added benefit of staying in your home.
GONG BATH LONDON FAQs
What happens during a gong bath?
A gong bath is essentially a passive experience, you simply lay down (or sit) and your body and mind will respond to the sounds and vibrations of the gong – the brain, heart and respiratory rates will slow down. You will move from an awake (Beta) state to a more relaxed and calm (Alpha) state, then on to a restful (Theta) state and finally to a deeply relaxing meditative (Delta) state.
What can I expect from a gong bath?
You can expect to feel deeply relaxed as you listen to the sounds of the gong. As you can’t identify and grasp on to specific notes and sounds, it can be hard to hold on to any particular thoughts – some describe it as putting your brain in neutral. It can feel like you are on a meditative journey, experiencing strong emotions, feelings of floating, bright lights, colourful images and more.
How often should you do a sound bath?
There is no set frequency but, like most types of wellbeing and meditation, once a week works well for most people – although you can still benefit if you attend even just once. Regular attendance results in you achieving a deeper state of relaxed meditation more quickly because you know what to expect. Having said which, each gong bath will be different, not just because the player will vary how they play, but your state of mind on each occasion will also affect your experience.
What do you wear to a sound bath?
As with all forms of relaxation and meditation, we recommended you wear light, loose fitting clothing. But it is very important you are warm, so it’s a good idea to have a jumper and blanket to hand as your body temperature will drop. Some people like to cover their eyes with a scarf.
What does a gong sound like?
The larger the gong, the deeper the sound, but each gong can achieve a huge variety of sounds, according to the type of mallet used and how the gong is played. Typically the sound is quiet at the start and end of the event, with the volume and intensity varying throughout, as if you were on a journey with ups and downs, twists and turns. The gong can sound ‘other worldly’ or like whale music, the sea or the wind in the trees. The variety of sounds leads to many people saying they can hear other instruments being played.
How long is a gong bath?
While there are marathon gong sessions lasting all day or night, a typical gong bath lasts between 45 and 75 minutes. During this time, a number of things might take place, depending on who is playing and facilitating the event. For example a short series of stretching and breathing exercises might be done at the start, to relax the body so the mind can follow. A separate meditation after the gong bath is quite common to ‘ground’ the listener, to fully ‘sober them up’ from the experience. Sometimes a discussion is held at the end, so people can share their experience.
What is the purpose of a gong bath?
A gong bath is an easy and quick way to achieve a deeply relaxed and meditative state, so it is ideal for people who find it hard to switch off or meditate. It is a great way to become calm and reduce stress levels, to improve mood and sleep. It has also been shown to help people with arthritis, menstrual pain, post-operative pain, muscle pain and stiffness.
Does sound really improve mental wellbeing?
A review of 400 published scientific articles found strong evidence that music can improve mood and reduce stress, with rhythm providing physical pain relief. One study found that sound meditation helped reduce tension, anger, fatigue, anxiety and depression while increasing a sense of spiritual well-being. Another has linked music to a number of health benefits including boosting immune function.