Tuning into the benefits of a gong bath

A young woman holds prayer hands overhead with a gong beside her in a sound meditation class.

Sure, you might have taken an icy dip on a wild swimming getaway or even dived the depths of Bali. But we bet you’ve never taken a gong bath.

Yes, you read that correctly, a gong bath.

If you’re picturing a giant gong-shaped swimming pool where Buddhist monks go to cleanse and cool down in the heat of the summer, then you might want to read on.

Join us as we plunge into this replenishing form of meditation and surface its remarkable benefits.

What exactly is a gong bath?

Unfortunately, a gong bath is not a big brass pool where wellness seekers go for a sacred dip. Although that does sound fantastic.

Instead, it’s an ancient form of meditation that utilises vibrations from sound to relax and heal the mind, body and soul.

And the best part? You don’t even have to get wet to soak up its benefits.

What can I expect from a gong bath session?

A young woman lies flat on her back meditating while gong sound waves wash over her mind and body.

A gong bath is the epitome of deep relaxation.

A sound bath meditation session can be practised at home, on a wellness retreat or in a sound therapy class.

Sessions can last anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. Practitioners will make use of shamanic healing tools and sound healing instruments like crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, and of course, gongs.

Similar to Yoga Nidra, you’ll lie flat down on a yoga mat and get comfortable with either a blanket, pillow or perhaps just your thoughts.

Once relaxed, a sound healing practitioner will give the gong a good wallop, forcing soothing sound waves to wash over your entire body.

With each pound, you’ll feel yourself slowly relax and slip into a deep meditative state where healing can begin.

Nourishing benefits of a gong bath

A young woman slips into relaxation and lets go of all her stress on a gong bath meditation retreat.

Although sound baths can be as relaxing as a full body massage, their benefits flow further than that.

Much like Yin yoga, gong meditation taps into our parasympathetic nervous system which controls our ‘rest and digest’ activity.

This allows tense muscles in the body to relax and the mind to drift into an altered state of consciousness.

In this new mental state, you are able to access thoughts, feelings and even forgotten trauma. With this new perspective, you can mend old wounds and improve your overall well-being.

Decreases stress

Gong baths work wonders for your stress levels.

If you’re the type to weave your back into a ball of knots at work, then gong meditation might be just what you need.

As you relax on your yoga mat, the sound vibrations pierce the air and flow over you like an endless wave of peace and relaxation.

This calming sound puts you into a deep meditative state, helping you let go of the worries or stress weighing on your conscious mind.

These soothing sound waves also relieve stress built up in your muscles, making it the ultimate mind-body stress reliever.

Clears blockages

Gong bath meditation is often used to clear out emotional blockages and get the mind back in harmony with the body.

When you tap into your subconscious mind, you exhume memories, thoughts and trauma that you had either forgotten or intentionally buried away.

By facing and processing these negative emotions, you are able to rebalance your chakras and live a happier, more joyful life.

Fosters mental clarity

In deep meditation, you are forced to let go of all expectations and feelings and simply be in the present moment.

This opens up a doorway to enlightenment, allowing you to see the world around you free of judgement and in complete clarity, almost as if your thoughts are in HD.

With this mental clarity, you’ll be able to see your true purpose, step out of negative patterns and even find inner wisdom.

Cultivates creativity

Gong meditation is renowned for its ability to boost creativity levels.

If you’re prone to writer’s block, sound meditation can help clear your mind and make space for the creative thought processes to take off.

Improves wellbeing

In comparison to other instruments, the gong has the widest range of tones.

When played correctly, these different frequencies will wash over the entire body, affecting your brain activity through a process known as ‘entrainment’.

At a physical level, the gong sound can travel through your body, triggering your nerve endings and relaxing every muscle.

If you struggle with insomnia, music therapy can calm the mind, resulting in improved sleep and healthier sleep patterns.

After a session, you might also find that your mood has improved as well as your concentration.

Where to find a gong bath

A young man and woman lie on a yoga mat in a guided gong bath meditation class while a sound healing instructor hits a gong behind them.

Today, there are many virtual sound bath classes available that allow practitioners to dive into this replenishing practice.

All you need is a comfy spot in your home, a yoga mat, and some blankets to get really cosy.

But if you’re eager to soak up all the benefits of a sound bath, a meditation retreat or class is one of the best ways to experience sound healing.

In a guided meditation session, you can fully immerse yourself in the gong bath experience with the help of a sound therapist or guru.

Plus, nothing compares to the raw sound of a powerful gong reverberating through a peaceful room.

With Basubu’s bespoke collection of wellness retreats, you can browse, filter and find the perfect gong meditation getaway.

Explore the wonderful world of sound healing and reap its many benefits with Basubu.