So you are looking for sound bath events with gongs. Nice. How much do you know about sound baths though, & do you know sound healing has been practised in the bronze age, from all over the world in various cultures, &, it's still growing with more people being aware of the potential benefits. Everyone, even most teachers who practice in Singapore isn't sure about this as it's something which takes more than a keen interest in sound healing using various instruments, & meditation practice. They need to take extra training, have experienced it themselves, & facilitated their own vibrations for healing purposes, otherwise, your gong meditation is just as good as listening to music to sleep(more of this later). This article will help you understand more about gong bath meditation or any form of sound healing because you can't just close your eyes & not know what to do or expect(there's a practice state of mindful meditation)
You would normally find sound baths in a yoga studio, however, way more studios are taking the holistic healing aspects of mind/body & offering gong meditation to everyone to experience it even in non-yoga studios. Some gong/sound healing class, use a song to compliment, singing bowls(common accompaniment). If you want to get more information about sound bath, read our ultimate guide on sound bath here.
What is a sound bath (gong)?
Attending a sound bath at a yoga centre is like going to a concert. If you have been to a concert, or have listened to music(eyes closed), it's almost similar. The therapist uses various mallets to strike the plate of the gong to make a different sound which causes different levels of vibration. What makes the biggest difference is that the session allows you to experience different sound used for sound therapy to help with improving well being. Its also referred to as sound meditation or sound healing sessions by many people. If you live in the city, you'd gone through many sound baths but without the healing aspect of selective sound waves. Sound waves have a healing spectrum & annoyance to our subconscious body & mind. A great example is when you are in a mall or in town, you hear music & vibrations coming in from everything around you, & you experience it as subconscious sound therapy, but to keep in mind & take the therapy part out. In most cases, these sounds or frequencies may irritate us & we don't feel the effects immediately but act it out in getting irritated easily,
The beauty of attending a sound bath that includes gong or gongs, depending on the yoga studio, the sounds around you are minimised & the instruments used are within the healing range, bringing your state of stress(fight or flight), to the state of relaxation(rest & digest). Thanks to increased awareness, people are now attending a sound bath session with a mindful approach to healing holistically or to improve health.
Gong baths are exactly as it suggests, you allow the vibrations to permeate, & bath your body via the sound waves chosen by the therapists. The therapist's aim is to bring you improved well being by bringing harmony to both mind & body through the release of various energy channels.
Are gong baths safe?
As far as sound bath sessions with a gong(gong baths) for groups or private meditation sessions, there has been no incident of gong sound casing any danger or harm. Though if you're too near, it may be a bit loud but some people want the close vibrations it gives the body. Another benefit that many meditation practitioners, even beginners, say that they can bring their gong sounds to bring them to a deeper meditative state of experience. In short, there would be no harm if you go for a meditation/sound healing class.
How do you feel after a gong bath?
Thanks to the gongs' frequencies & vibrations, many of those who attended a meditation/ sound healing, expressed the feeling of the body vibrating even after the class. Of which, you were most relaxed if not(slept most parts), however, the body naturally gets into a deeper relaxation state of experience, allowing your cells to just absorb the frequencies. Your mind has rested & the body will follow. Deep rest & refreshed, or sleepy & tired is how most people feel depending on when the gong bath events are done(eg morning, afternoons, evenings). Many have also reported having less pain, & in harmony with themselves
What do you wear to a gong bath?Participants are usually advised to dress comfortably(think home) for any gong bath meditation session for the best experiences. Any form of meditation practise requires you to feel relaxed & no constriction of any blood flow(eg yoga/compression leggings).
Find gong baths events in SingaporePractitioners use a variety of instrument in a sound meditation class, & gongs are just one of the tools to use to compliment or accompany the experience. Most gong meditation that is used to as sound healing may include: