A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about emotional release, mind expansion and healing; this can be done as a one to one or group treatment.
The term gong bath means that you are bathed in sound waves, there is no water involved, or clothes removed.
Ideally you will experience the gong bath lying comfortably on your back on yoga that you would usually bring along. You may wish to bring along a blanket and a pillow.
All you have to do is lie comfortably and close your eyes and relax. I then begin by playing the gongs very softly, increasing the volume as the session progresses (the volume never gets unbearable as I am playing therapeutically). I change the playing technique frequently so there is no fixed rhythm which results in the brain not being able to follow and entrainment takes place. Entrainment is the changing of brainwave frequencies.
Alpha brainwave state is achieved very quickly followed by the Theta brainwave state.
Alpha waves are defined as brainwave frequencies between 8 and 12 Hz. Daydreaming, imagination and associative thinking are all part of alpha brainwave activity. Alpha waves are present in states of relaxation.
Theta waves are defined as brainwave frequencies between 4 and 7 Hz. Theta waves occur during dreaming sleep – or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, although they also occur during deep meditation.
Theta brainwave frequencies are most often where the gongs will take you. You will most likely enter a dreamlike, deep meditative state. Some people might enter the Delta brainwave state (deep sleep frequency). Theta brainwave is a good state of consciousness to be in for healing to occur and is where you can connect with your higher consciousness.
After a continuous 30 minutes of gong playing, I start to wind down and play very gently for ten minutes fading away to nothing. I then spend a little time with gentle grounding with the voice to bring the body back to a grounded state.