A gong bath, gong immersion or gong meditation is a deeply relaxing meditative event.
It often begins with a talk about the occasion, the types of gongs being used, followed by a few simple yoga stretches, conscious breath-work, intention setting and a guided meditation to prepare.
You then lie down for about 45 minutes whilst your gong practitioner begins a gentle soothing rhythm, building up to a mix of crescendos, overtones, peaks and troughs with a selection of different mallets that make a huge variety of soothing sounds and vibrations.
These vibrations take you into a meditative state, deep into the subconscious where you are able to release blockages and let go of the outside world.
The event concludes seated often with chanting 'om' to seal the practice and a little grounding to bring you back to your physical body.
You are left feeling calm and relaxed, almost lighter. Any intention setting will be deeply embedded within and will have started putting your brain into action.
Benefits of gong baths:
Strange dreams are very common, especially after your first gong experience. It's always a good idea to just play the observer and not analyse too much, as this is a sign that things are working their way out of your system.
The more you go to gong baths, the deeper you go. Particularly if you find it hard to switch off, this may get easier once you know what to expect. If you ever have any questions, your gong practitioner will be happy to chat with you. They can even arrange a 1:1 gong bath if you would feel more able to 'let go'.
Alcohol is not recommended and food should be avoided at least 2 hours before.
Gong baths available in your own garden across Berkshire.