Simply put, a Gong Bath represent an ancient, multi-dimensional form of sound healing meditations that continue to be practiced today. Predating the Bronze Age, gongs have been used for meditation, healing, and communication purposes for nearly 6,000 years. As rightfully described by Gong Master Don Conreaux, “the gong is known as an instrument of transformational power” and translates to “an engine of power releasing tone resonance and complex harmonics that are transferred to the recipient.”
Today, Gong Baths may utilize one or several gongs, in addition to various other ancient and/or new age instruments. Journeyers who participate in these sacred sound healing meditations often receive (and manifest) experiences that oscillate between the intensely introspective and the extremely cosmic, often fusing into some combination of the two while helping you shed that which does not serve you. And that’s just the beginning…
The Cosmic Octave
During the late 1970s, “The Cosmic Octave” was developed by Swiss mathematician and musicologist, Hans Cousto. Based on the orbital properties of the Sun, Earth, Moon, and several other planets/celestial bodies within the Solar System, the vibrational frequencies of said objects were first calculated and then mapped to the chromatic scale (e.g., the Sun “tunes” to B2 at 126.22 Hz). Various instruments and meditation tools have since been developed to capture the nature of these cosmic tunings, and include planetary tuning forks and Paiste’s line of Planet Gongs.
We incorporate 17th and 18th century Himalayan singing bowls, gemstone crystal bowls, planetary tuning forks, rattles, shamanic drumming, and the ocarina into our Gong Baths, with the main body of our performances centered on two Planet Gongs (a 38” Sun gong and 32” Saturn gong). You are invited to simply lie down and relax, in preparation of clearing your mind of any unnecessary “chatter,” as the instruments begin to sing. The better you are able to create a calm, neutral space for yourself within which to journey, the more beneficial will be the experience.
While the bowls, tuning forks, and Planet Gongs played during our performances present a very cosmic ether through which you are invited to explore, the rattles, drumming, and ocarina played toward the end of our Gong Baths offer a terrestrial, tribal, and grounding window through which to “return.” Focusing on your heartbeat and breath, you will be gently guided back into your physical self, after which point, lightly stretching out is highly encouraged (and truly feels amazing).
How to Prepare/What to Expect
Your comfort is the top priority and will set the stage for the type of experience you manifest. As such, we recommend bringing along your favorite yoga mat (or sleeping pad), a pillow, and lots of water (toxins throughout the body will be broken-up and released during our performances, so staying well-hydrated for several days after such is strongly suggested, as to quickly flush these from your system). Additionally, many participants have described experiencing a cold, space-like sensation during our Gong Baths, and so some find that a light blanket also enhances their comfort, and subsequently, their journeys. Lastly, many find our Gong Baths to be most comfortable (and impactful) on a light-to-empty stomach.
The strength of the soundwaves and overall vibrational forces generated during our Gong Baths may be hard to accurately describe to those who have not yet experienced them firsthand, but we can safely assert that they are indeed very strong, particularly during crescendos, and will leave you feeling refreshed and resonating with notable healing effects on your body, mind, and spirit.
We thank you for your interest and eagerly await sharing this sacred healing practice with you at an upcoming event…!
Marshall & Megan