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Gong Bath

''The gong awakens innate wholeness and guides the body to a state of greater balance and harmony''

”The gong has been used throughout history as a ceremonial and healing instrument. 

Sources describe its use in 4,000 B.C. to as far back as 16,000 B.C. Gongs have become more popular in the current high-tech age, as the speed and amount of information has created new forms of stress for both adults and children.

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. 

Water has often been used as an analogy for the rippling effect of the gong’s vibrations, partially because our bodies are approximately 70 percent water and water serves to conduct sound waves. 

Like ripples created by a pebble skipped onto a glassy lake, the gong’s sound gently reverberates over, around and through the entire body to calm, relax and soothe. 

Typically, the listener’s heart rate slows, blood pressure drops and breath is restored to its natural rhythm. The gong induces a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and wholeness.

''All gongs are gurus - inner space vehicles''

”The principles of sound, vibration and energy flow as healing modalities have been taught in both the East and West. 

The wisdom traditions teach that illness is a symptom of imbalance, or dissonance rather than resonance. 

Sound energy healing focuses on creating vibrations that improve overall health and wellness. 

Gong master and Kundalini yoga teacher, Don Contreaux, who is in his 46th year of gong healing and teaching says, 

“Gongs open up your chakras and often release a lot of blocked energy, much like acupuncture or massage can do – it really is a sound massage.”

A gong bath is excellent therapy for depression, fatigue, feelings of separation, loneliness, anger, fear, hostility and many other conditions caused by a lack of balance and harmony in the body and mind. 

According to Contreaux, “A Gong Bath is the most powerful form of holistic resonance known to man.”

 In the simplest terms, the gong awakens innate wholeness and guides the body to a state of greater balance and harmony. 

A gong bath is as scientifically sound as it is mysterious. It is as other-worldly as it is logical. 

It requires nothing but receptivity in order to be fully experienced, but it must be experienced in order to be understood.”

A wondrous insight into the healing power of sound written by Devpreet Kaur, RYT, IKYTA, a teacher of Kundalini Yoga + Meditation, a sound healer and retired pharmaceutical executive with wisdom drops from Gong Master Don Conreaux.