What is a Gong Bath?
Recently, I had a dear friend who celebrated his birthday by having a gong bath. He invited a few lucky friends to come along, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them. I had been to a gong bath once before, and I enjoyed it much more the second time around. If you have not heard of gong baths, I will attempt to give you my best interpretation of the experience.
The Gong Bath Experience
We entered a small room in that was dominated by several very large gongs maybe 4 ft. in diameter, as well as two beautifully polished metal "drum/gongs" that were made from the lower portion of tanks. There was a small hole in the bottom of the tanks to allow the sound to come out. There were other smaller gongs hanging in the room, which picked up the vibrations from the two larger gongs. Seven of us laid down on blankets on the floor with our heads pointed toward the large gongs. We were only 5 or 6ft away from them, but we were assured the decibel levels were being monitored to prevent any harm to our eardrums. The lights were lowered except for a few candles and the gong bath began.
As the musician began to play his instruments, the range of sounds he produced was amazing. We were literally bathed in vibrations. As I lay there listening, I felt my chakra system come alive. At times, I felt like I was in a cave listening to echoes from deep within the earth. I may have fallen into a light sleep at one point, but was aware of my thoughts and feelings throughout the experience.
The "concert" lasted an hour. I had assumed I would be excited and extroverted after getting so energized, but instead, I found myself in a quiet state, turning my energy inward. It was somewhat similar to the way I feel after an acupuncture treatment - quiet, reflective, grounded. It is a deeply calming experience that is beneficial to aligning the chakras. I can see how it would be extremely beneficial when done on a regular basis.