If you've ever been to a sound bath, you'll know that it makes you feel really good in almost inexplicable ways. Sound and vibration can work wonders to melt away tension and leave you feeling supremely relaxed, calm and renewed. But if you're reading this, then you might never have experienced a sound bath for yourself. Or maybe you have, but you want to know what will happen if you keep going back.
So let me break down some the most common potential benefits of gong baths, sound baths, and sound healing:
Relief from anxiety
Better sleep (this is one of the most cited benefits!)
Released emotional blockages
Profound physical restoration
Experience of deep peace
Additional benefits are plentiful. At the physiological level, heart rate and respiration rate slow down and come into balance during a sound bath as the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, and some studies have even shown that nitric oxide (which regulates physiological processes related to good health) in the blood increases.
When you are in an optimal state of physical and mental health, all of the systems in
your body are working in harmony. Sound can be an effective way to reprogramme your own vibrations to a more optimal state. At the mental level for example, the drone like sounds from a gong can entrain your brainwaves to a lower state (the alpha and theta states) where healing and restoration can occur. If your mind is always in overdrive (when the mind is predominantly in the beta brainwave state), you will likely feel stressed and overwhelmed.
If you can spend more time in a relaxed mental state, that has an overall calming effect on mind and body. And vice versa - when the body can enter a deep state of rest, that also helps the mind relax. When you are in a relaxed state, there is a greater chance for harmony and health.
What benefits you have experienced from a sound bath or gong bath? Let us know in the comments below 👇