Join us at the Rosewell Centre for Gong Bath Meditation or what we like to call, ‘Ocean Therapy’.
The Rosewell Centre has teamed up with Sally Warr to lead gong bath therapy. Sally is a qualified and accredited gong sound practitioner and an integrative therapist and has provided gong sound meditation since 2017.
Sally says “Come and experience for yourself the deep resonant sounds of the gong and let go and just breathe”.
Gong bath meditation is the vibration from gongs and other light instruments that help shift the body and mind to a deeply restorative state, enabling the release of spent emotion and leaving a state of calm lightness. Also termed sound bath immersion, gong bath sound healing or simply gong baths because participants are “bathed” in the gong sound waves and an ‘inner’ cleansing takes place.
The aim of gong bath meditation can be therapeutic, but its greater aim is awareness and non-judgmental appreciation of the present moment – a shift of consciousness to higher frequencies.
Gong bath therapy has been used to manage a broad range of health conditions. Healing is based upon the understanding that all forms of matter – including cells in our body – operate at different frequencies of light vibration. Factors such as anxiety, depression, stress and disease cause our whole body and mind to vibrate at suboptimal levels which cause chaotic energy.
In addition, some mindfulness meditation techniques also use sound as their focus as opposed to the breath or a physical sensation. Therefore, the awareness of sound is not used as a therapy, but rather as an anchor for the mind to come back to. Being mindful of sound, just like being mindful of breath, requires finding a contented balance between awareness and relaxation.
The gongs rich layer of overtones has a clearing effect on emotional issues which have been suppressed in the body and the sound vibrations can break up limiting thought patterns.
The total experience can be viewed as a total re-tuning of your whole self. For many, relief is immediate and for others, it may take a few gong baths until a deep state of relaxation and balance is reached.
An important point to emphasize is that you do not have to do anything except make yourself comfortable and let go and be open to receiving the sound vibrations of the gong.
You will be asked to rest in a comfortable position, either on a mat on the floor or in a chair if you prefer, and make yourself cosy with blankets and pillows if you wish (please bring these along). Then close your eyes and relax and Sally will guide you through the session.
The session will start by undertaking a breathing or visualisation meditation which will help you to feel more relaxed.
Sally will bring in some soothing instrument sounds such as a singing bowl or wind chimes and slowly and gently start to play the gong. The gong will be played very gently at first and as the gong bath meditation session progresses, the volume may gradually be increased, but not to uncomfortable levels. The gong sound is frequently changed to avoid producing a repetitive and fixed rhythm.
Our gong sound therapist will sensitively and mindfully play for about 45 minutes and end in a powerful 5 minutes silence. There is no script and musical score to follow. It is a totally organic space in the moment and one of deep inner exploration.
During your first gong bath, your mind will most probably be curious to all the sounds so it may take one or two more gong baths to completely let go and relax but you should start to benefit from it from the very beginning.
Sally Warr is our fully qualified and highly experienced Gong Bath Meditation therapist who will guide you in your session. Learn more about her here.