Gongs have been used as sacred instruments for thousands of years. Their sound evokes a primal response taking you deep within and helping you reconnect to your unconditioned higher self. The sound of the gong is said to remind us of our first experience, the sound of our mother's womb. A gong bath is a deeply relaxing experience as you become fully immersed in sound. Vibrations are felt on a physical level, energising and stimulating. Mentally, the mind quietens which allows your body to rest and digest and heal itself.
Drums have been used for millennia by many indigenous people to achieve altered states of consciousness. On a simple level drumming helps quieten the left hand side of our brain allowing our right hand, creative, intuitive self to emerge. Drumming combined with Reiki is a transformative practise, working at a deep level. It can be used to set life changing intentions and break unhelpful behavioural patterns.
Singing bowls are another beautiful instrument, useful in producing deeply relaxing states. My singing bowls are tuned to different chakras and are helpful when working on clearing stuck or negative energies within the body. Many other instruments can be used effectively in sound healing, including tongue drums, wind chimes, bean shells and rattles. They all evoke different responses in the body and mind depending on which energies we are working with.
In a gong bath you will typically lie on the floor on a yoga mat with a blanket to keep you warm and a cushion for your head. You are fully clothed and no water is involved! You simply lie there and allow yourself to drift off into a meditative state while listening to the powerful sacred sounds of gongs. It lasts about an hour and you will feel calm and energised after it.
Drumming is a wonderful way to connect with your spirit, soul, higher self, whatever term you prefer. It quietens your mind and allows joy to come to the fore. Often combined with chanting, it lifts your spirits, raises your vibrations and just makes you feel good. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Sound healing is for everyone. It is safe, makes you feel uplifted, raises your vibrations so you feel better. You can use it just to relax or to help your body heal, to change a behaviour pattern that no longer serves you or to explore your life purpose.