If your favourite part of a yoga class is the 5 minutes of meditation and relaxation at the end, then gong bath is for you.
This ancient practice has many proven benefits which could leave you feeling on cloud nine, especially if you’re dealing with stress.
Read on to find out more about what exactly gong bath is, how to explore it as a beginner, and how to get involved with your first session.
What is a gong bath?
Gong bath is a type of inactive yet immersive relaxation which uses the vibrations of gongs to heal, relieve, and release any pain or stress you may be feeling.
Classes can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours and will be done in a group led by an instructor, much like a traditional yoga class.
Don’t worry about getting sweaty or working your muscles – during a gong bath, you will lie comfortably on the floor for the duration of the session and bathe in the healing gong vibrations.
You can also participate in gong bath sessions online and these are proven to be just as effective.
What are the benefits of a gong bath?
Gong baths have been practised for thousands of years and their benefits are numerous. A type of sound therapy, the vibrations of the gong allow your brain to rest and relax, and can even change the state of your brainwaves.
Referred to as a type of ‘wakeful rest’, it’s almost as effective as a good night’s sleep, as it allows your brain to process thoughts and memories.
Numerous studies have been done to discover the scientific benefits of a gong bath, which have been proven to include reduced stress, improved mood, and even stronger immune function.
What do I need for a gong bath?
As mentioned above, a gong bath is not an active exercise session like yoga or Pilates. It’s best to wear clothes that you are very comfortable in to complement the benefits of the session, and most in-person classes will provide blankets and pillows for you to rest comfortably on the floor.
If you are taking part in an online or on-demand gong bath session at home, find somewhere comfortable on the floor to lie down and wrap yourself in your favourite blanket or duvet with a comfortable pillow or cushion under your head.
Are they good for you?
Whether you are full of stress and anxiety or you just want to enjoy some time to yourself, sound baths are conclusively good for you. They are restorative and regenerative and you will feel like a new person afterwards.
If you’re not ready to dive into a gong bath class or you’re still not sure, try an on-demand gong bath session from the comfort of your own home.
Former TV Gladiator James Crossley credits yoga and gong bath for helping him to move forward with his training pain-free and reducing the effects of ageing.
He now presents gong bath sessions online so you can try it out with no pressure and without even having to leave the house.
Sadhana Live is an online yoga and movement platform with bespoke programmes available from £25/month.