GONGS GONGS GONGS...….
I was at a Yoga festival a few years ago and experienced a 'Gong Bath' for the first time, it was obvious from that day that Gongs were going to be a big part of my life, on returning from the festival I decided I would like to attend a Gong bath more often so started to search for some locally, only to find that there were none, but found a course instead, which was meant to be....the Gongs soon became an important and transformational part of my life and now I enjoy playing most days, and at least once a month, Laura's husband Jonnie also plays and has completed the Gong Practitioner training course too.
The History of the Gong
Gongs have been used for many years, Gongs belong to the oldest and most important musical instruments of South East Asia.
The existence of the gong dates back to the Bronze Age, around 3500 BC and the main gong producing areas were believed to be Burma, China, Java and Annam.
Gongs were among the first musical instruments to be made and played by humans. Historically, used in public settings, often to announce the presence of a spiritual, religious or political leader. They originated in the Far East, where they have a long mystical and spiritual tradition.
What can the Gongs do for me?
Gong Bath Meditations can bring deep relaxation, you can enter a place of 'non-thinking', it does not involve any exercise, the participant simply lays on a mat, (or you may bring a comfortable garden recliner chair if you prefer), I will start the session with simple breathing techniques to help relax you, and lead you into a meditation, to prepare you for your 'journey'.
The Gongs are played by being 'striked' by a variety of different mallets, and some of the sounds are very deep, rich, and resonate all the way through your body and mind, some are higher pitched, almost like underwater sounds, each person will interpret the experience differently. The participant can sit and watch or close their eyes and get comfortable. You can easily lose time in the meditation, the sounds and vibrations take you on a journey deep within, some people visualise colours, some hear other sounds, which is quite normal!, some experience tingling sensations within the body, this can be where blocked energy is being released, this can often happen to areas of the body which have been injured.
The sound of the Gong is really only best received live, this is why I do not put any video recordings on.
The Gongs work to help clear blocked energy within you, your Chakras (energy centres) get a good cleanse, and most people usually come out with a very big smile, feel very relaxed and content, a lot of people report feeling more clarity, enthusiasm, creativity, and generally feeling more upbeat and happier, so this is a good therapy to invest in, the feelings can last for a few days, it is recommended to try once a month to keep 'topped up'! So, anyone of any age can do this! Gongs really help people that have sleep problems, it can really help, so well worth a try if you are an insomniac!
What do I need to bring?
You need to bring a mat, or something to lay on, a pillow, a blanket or 2, water to drink, and an eye pillow if you wish to cover your eyes (if you have one), some bring a favourite crystal and place under their pillow. Please arrive about 10 minutes before the start, to settle and get comfortable. Gong Bath Meditations are not suitable for anyone with Epilepsy, Pacemaker, 1st Trimester Pregnancy, recent surgery involving metal, Menieres, severe Tinnitus, severe mental health condition. If unsure please contact Laura to discuss firstname.lastname@example.org
Gong Meditation/Event dates:
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Places are very limited, booking early is advised. Bookings are non refundable/exchangeable.
Sat 21 Nov, Gong Meditation at Uffington Village Hall, 5~7pm, £20pp
Sun 20 Dec 2020, Winter Solstice Gong Meditation, **longer session***7.30pm-10.30pm at Edenham Village Hall £25pp