Gong Sound Healing

Sound healing is an ancient therapy that has been used for relaxation and de-stressing as well as healing, particularly at the cellular level.

Many instruments and artifacts have been used for sound healing and these include the human voice, tuning forks and of course, gongs.

To understand the concept of healing with sound, one needs to first accept the concept that everything in the Universe is made from energy. There is no ‘solid’ matter, just packets of energy vibrating at different frequencies. Those that vibrate at low frequencies form ‘solid’ matter, those that vibrate at higher energies for ‘liquid’ and gaseous matter, and those at very high energies form various types of electromagnetic radiation such as heat and light. Nonesense? Well, the Ancients have believed this theory for centuries and now modern science in the form of quantum mechanics and related fields are proving this to us ‘modern’ Humans.

All energy vibrates at an optimum frequency, hence all the cells, bone structure and organs of the body vibrate at an optimum frequency. When the body is vibrating at its optimum frequency, you are in the peak of physical health, happiness, contentment and well being. Unfortunately stress (in particular), illness and dis-ease cause a shift in the vibrational energy and this manifests itself as physical ailments or mental disorders.

A selection of gongs ready for a group gong

A gong set up for a one-to-one therapy session

Sound healing is the practice of ‘re-tuning’ the body parts back to their optimum vibration frequency. The gong is particularly good at this, especially the large gongs known as tam-tams. They produce a wide range of frequencies, tones and harmonies and the body is very good at selecting the frequencies it requires to heal itself using a process known as entrainment. Essentially the body 're-tunes' itself using these vibrations rather like a piano tuner retuning a grand piano.

Modern sound healing with gongs started with Yogi Bhajan who brought the yoga of the gong to the West in 1968. Mehab Benton was one of the first to write a book about this (Gong Yoga) and was soon followed by others such as Don Conreaux (Magnum Opus of the Gong, Gongs of our Solar System) and Johannes Heimrath (The Healing Power of the Gong) who collectively blazed the trail for healing with gongs.

In recent years, UK based Sheila Whittaker has written two excellent books on healing with gongs (Sound Healing With Gongs, In the Heart of the Gong Space) and is also the lead tutor on the UK College of Sound Healing gong practitioners course.

Many other sound healers including myself now offer gong baths (being washed by the sound of the gong), one to one sessions or training courses. Try putting "gong bath" into your search engine or follow the links or events pages.