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What is a Gong anyway?

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Stunning disk shaped instruments hand crafted from

bronze alloy, ranging from 13" up to a massive 80" Gongs are members of the idiophone group of instruments. This means that after being struck just once the Gong will produces it own sounds in the form of complex overtones from its own vibrations! Pretty cool huh!

Theses beautiful instruments have been around for 5,000 years - quite possibility longer. Their country of origin is unknown, although it is my (and some other Gong players) feeling that they originated in Ancient Sumer in the region of Mesopotamia, Land that is now know as Iraq, Iran, and the middle east.

They are arguably one of the most effective instruments for sound healing and certainly the most powerful.

When we attend a Gong bath our whole body experiences the Gongs vibration, not just our ears which perceive the sound. Using a method known as resonance the Gongs are able to bring us into a state of harmony.

Think 'like attracts like'

It is said that Gongs produce the primordial sound

of the universe 'Aum' also known as the 'Tone of life'

When the Gongs pull us into their harmonious vibration through resonance we are said to be coming back to, and flowing with, the original sound of the universe. The Aum.

It is said - and it is my personal belief, that the Gongs become a portal into another realm of consciousness that is usually coveted by our busy modern lives; full of action, surviving and then achieving. It is because of this connected nature of working with the Gongs that they are seen and respected as a deeply sacred instrument.

Health line has the following to say about Sound baths

"Waves of soothing, echoing sound from traditional wind and percussion instruments, also known as a “sound bath,” may help with stress, fatigue, and depression symptoms.

Since stress is associated with other conditions like diabetes and heart disease, engaging in sound baths might be a good preventive strategy to reduce the risk of chronic conditions, too.

There have been studies that indicate a sound bath may improve your mood and release tension in your body, among other things.

People claim that sound baths trigger a phenomenon called “sound healing.” Sound healing has been a home remedy favored by many cultures for thousands of years.

A practioner trained in sound bath musical techniques will use one or several instruments to create soothing, overlapping vibrations.

These vibrations lead you deeper into a state of contemplation or relaxation, shutting off your body’s fight-or-flight reflex."

I recently saw a study where participants had some blood taken before a 20 minute gong bath. They had blood taken againminutes after thier 20 minute gong bath with a medium size Gong. The doctor conducting the experiment showed how the markers for inflammation were significantly reduced as a result of the gong bath. There are many other studies available and ad Gong players we hope many more to come as science begins to show the effects of what some ancient cultures have known for thousands of years.

If you haven't experienced this beautiful healing art before come and check out one of the fortnightly Yoki Tree Gong Baths in Totnes

The 2nd Friday of each month and the last Saturday night of each month

Move Forward Studio, High street Totnes,Devon

Or simply book in to your own 1-1 private treatment in Bridgetown, Totnes

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My first gong bath was an amazing experience. The sound wave bathed my body at a cellular level. I feel each one I have will be life enhancing yet different, depending on what is needed to bring me to homeostasis. I thank the gongs and Olivia for facilitating this wonderful experience.

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