Gong baths are a type of sound bath tipped to become the best gift in Hong Kong to recharge. No bath tub involved. The bath is figurative. Just to put that out there if you assumed that this burgeoning wellness trend involved any type of physical cleansing. Instead, gong bathing and sound bathing harness the resonance and meditative effect of gongs.
BEFORE A GONG BATH
- What do I get at Enhale?
- A super thick, soft mat. A head pillow, blankets, more pillows if you need additional support, and a lavender eye mask. All this will help you feel comfortable throughout the session. The last thing you need is to worry if your bones or the back of your skull will hurt after 30 to 60 minutes on a thin yoga mat. So get ready to chill. Your coach will guide you through the session.
- What should I do to prepare for a gong bath?
- Use comfortable clothing, loose fitting if that’s comfortable for you
- Drink some water to be hydrated because our body is water-based! Imagine the vibes of the gong move through you like ripples on the surface of water
- What’s the benefit?
- The vibration of a gong is a powerful method for reducing stress. Known as a Gong Bath, the gong creates an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing; a state which activates the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system.
- Can pregnant women come?
- Studies are inconslusive on this one. Best to avoid the gong bath and opt for Enhale’s Himalayan or Tibetan bowl sound baths, or Crystal Bowl Sound Bath instead
DURING A GONG BATH
- How loud is it?
- Initially, the gong is played very softly; as the meditation session progresses, the volume is gradually increased. Since the purpose of the meditation gong sound is healing, the volume is never upped to uncomfortable levels. However, regardless of proximity, some people in the same room might find the gong loud while others find it barely audible. It depends on your personal energy and that around you. Most of the time, it’s about as many decibels as a relaxed conversational tone
- How does it work on me?
- The gong sound is changed frequently to avoid producing a fixed, monotonous rhythm. The auditory stimuli of the gong bath process lead to entrainment, a form of beneficially modified brainwave frequencies. The first brainwave state to be reached is alpha, which is between 8 and 12 Hz. Alpha brainwaves are associated with creativity, relaxation, daydreams, associative thinking and an animated imagination. This state is quickly followed by an influx of theta brainwaves, which fall between 4 and 7 Hz. Normally, the theta brainwave state is associated with deep meditation, hypnosis and REM sleep
- How do I meditate?
- Certain mindfulness meditation techniques use sound as their focus. For example, at Enhale, we have Meditation with the 5 Senses which also use taste, hearing, sight, listening and physical sensations as a focus. In this case, awareness of sound is not used as a therapy, but rather as an anchor for the mind to come back to. Just like being mindful of breath, being mindful of sound requires finding a happy balance between vigilance and relaxation.
AFTER A GONG BATH
- What am I supposed to feel?
- Utterly relaxed. Sometimes emotions and thoughts from the week or the morning might be on our mind. Perhaps we heard from bad news and need to release some emotional tension. Or perhaps we need to decompress after a series of events and parties. Or perhaps we need to rest after a month of poor sleep. Whatever we are confronting, our present state of mind, the energy we carry will affect our experience. Most people feel very grounded.