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What is a gong bath?


A gong bath is an immersive sound experience. During a gong bath, you sit or lie in front of a gong and listen to the unique tones as sound waves wash over you, 'bathing' you in sound. The soothing sound will effortlessly lull your mind into a meditative state, while the vibrations revitalize your body and help to release tension.




What should I wear?


No fancy athletic clothing is needed for a gong bath. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Work clothes, day clothes, weekend clothes, it's all perfectly acceptable!




Is yoga or stretching involved?


No, this is purely a meditation and requires no physical exertion.




What happens during a gong bath?


The session starts out with a brief introduction and a short guided meditation to help you settle into the experience. The gong will then play as you sit or lie comfortably and listen to the various sounds and feel any sensations that may come up. The session will conclude with a short silence followed by a few words to guide you back.




What will it feel like?


Everyone has a different experience with the gong. The sound waves stimulate nerve endings and also penetrate into your cells, so you may feel tingling or sensations of electricity. The gong also affects your mind and helps it to settle into a more meditative state. Some people feel completely blissed out, while others feel more emotional. This will be different each time you come. The first time can be particularly intense since it will be a new experience for your mind and body. Some people may fall asleep,but it's best to try and remain awake and present for an optimal experience.




What are the benefits of a gong bath?


The sonic energy produced by a gong affects you at the mental and physical level. At the mental level, it can help to induce a meditative state by lowering brainwave frequencies and helping you ease into a space where the mind can rest and reset. Sound is also a force that can affect you physically. Water is an effective conductor of sound, and therefore our bodies are sound resonators. In addition, gong meditation activate the parasympathetic nervous system (known as the "rest and digest" system) and help brings about a profound state of relaxation.




Who will be guiding the gong bath?


Our gong baths are led by our talented practitioners. All of us care deeply about delivering a positive, supportive, enjoyable and consistent experience for our guests. You can leanr more about the team here: https://www.aboutgong.com/practitioners




How can I book for more than one person?


The easiest way to book a spot for someone else is from your browser through your GONG profile once you've created one - follow these steps (unfortunately you can't do this from the app): 1. Go to the booking page and select "Book now" next to the class you'd like to book. 2. Create a profile or log-in to your existing profile 3. Once you are at the reservation window, you'll see a radio option button to "Make a reservation for - myself / someone else" 4. Select "someone else" and complete the process! Feel free to contact us at hello@aboutgong.com if you encounter any difficulties after following these steps.




Who is a gong bath not suitable for?


Gong baths may not suitable for everyone. They are also not suitable for anyone with a pacemaker, anyone who suffers from fits (epileptics), or anyone who is extremely sensitive to sound. They are also not recommended for women in the first trimester of pregnancy due to the unstable nature of pregnancy during that time. If you wear a hearing aid, your device should be turned off during the session. If you have any concerns, please speak with your doctor in advance. Please also let your instructor know at the start of the session if you have any concerns.




What do I need for a virtual session?


Virtual sessions are live streamed via Zoom, so please make sure you’ve downloaded the Zoom app in advance. You can do that at zoom.us. We strongly advise that you use the desktop Zoom app instead of the mobile app for the best sound experience. Here are a few tips for how to set yourself up at home: - Most importantly, please use headphones to listen to the session! Alternatively, you can also connect to an external sound system or bluetooth speaker. - Find a comfortable place to lie down - your couch, your bed, or just lie on your floor with some cushioning beneath you. - Make sure you're in a place with good wifi signal, or use a wired connection - Grab a blanket to keep yourself warm, a pillow to support your head, and an eye mask to cover your eyes - Light some candles, burn some sage or palo santo, and rub some essential oils into your pulse points - Consider turning off notifications so you don't get distracted




Does a sound bath work virtually?


Yes! A virtual gong bath is a great way to take a break from your screen and give you eyes and mind a rest and reset. The unique sound of the gong and other healing instruments entrains your brainwaves to a relaxed and restorative state, helping you to reap the benefits of meditation without any experience required. All you need is to put on some headphones, find a comfortable place to lie down, close your eyes, and listen. Many people find they enter a deeply relaxed space during the session and feel more calm and at ease afterwards.





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