Hot off the press from Jan 2018’s Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2018/jan/15/ringing-the-changes-why-gong-baths-are-coming-to-a-gym-near-you
A skeptical magazine editor finds his “happy place while having sound therapy.”
I’m at a ‘sound bath’, so named because you’re bathed in what I can only describe as aural joy. You feel the notes as much as hear them, pulsing in your stomach, working their way through your chest. Like the noise from huge loud speakers at a festival, every sound feels primal and within.
I’m not the only convert to sound healing – in fact it’s a large branch on the new and growing tree of spiritual wellness. Achieving an empty mind involves boredom, discomfort and time. As an instant results kind of person, I didn’t want to put myself through any of those. Sound healing, on the other hand, works right away.
There was a time when The Gong Bath was the preserve of the New Age Hippy Californian Tech Billionaire Guy, quickly followed by movie stars and celebrities. But now finally we mortals of earth have inherited access to the healing wonders of The Gong. Now there are “Sounders” taking their vibrational healing into senior corporate offices from China to Stockholm to Brussels and now London. The vibrational sound of the Gong lowers heart rate, alleviates stress and anxiety….by gently recalibrating our brainwave activity from Beta to Delta to Alpha to Theta, and back again.
If you would like to experience the Gong Bath for yourself, the
Crystal Sound Lounge
offers regular sessions in Central London.
Thankfully, there’s no actual bathing involved; just a gong, some tuning forks and a Tibetan singing bowl or two.
For the uninitiated, a sound bath is a healing therapy that uses sound to induce a meditative state. The result? Intense relaxation and a Zen life, man. According to so-called sound healers, the vibrations can reduce stress and pain, lower your heart rate and relieve anxiety. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of the practice (natch), which has been around for thousands of years. But only recently is the gong shedding its hippy status.
Unlike other forms of meditation, sound baths are easily accessible. The gong shuts down the ego point blank and nothing can override it. You can’t help but fall into a deep relaxation.
I Took a “Sound Bath” and May have been brainwashed. But I’m going back again next week.
I felt as if I had just taken the most wonderful, most enlightened nap of my life. We were dismissed with a “Namaste,” and I walked into the warm evening air with the euphoria of someone who thinks she just discovered all the answers. Was I high? What WAS this?! After years of struggling to quiet my rapid-fire mind, I felt like I had finally figured it out.
Never heard of the ancient sound-healing practice? The relaxing musical presentations, which predate Christ and have been scientifically linked to reductions in stress and anxiety, are becoming more popular in the United States, likely linked to the country’s increased interest in health, wellness, meditation and mindfulness.”
Indeed, it seems unbelievable. Yet I can’t deny that sound healing sessions make me feel something. At the institute, I lie on the floor with my eyes closed when someone strikes a Tibetan bowl with a hard gong. A deep wah-wah-wah wafts through the room. When the last note fades I hold onto the silence with intense focus. I feel buzzed—almost high. This is the closest I’ve come to meditating, a practice that neuroscience research has shown to improve mood and cognitive function.
“Crystal sound therapy is like nothing I’ve experienced before. It’s peaceful, stylish and beautiful. I lay down fully clothed and was surrounded by glorious vibrating soundwaves – before long I felt as if I’m floating in mid-air as I’m enveloped in a profound deep feeling of peace.
45 minutes later I’m brought back into the real world feeling a little sleepy – I sit up and slowly adjust – before long I’m wide awake and feeling refreshed – as if I’ve just had 9 hours sleep.”
– Sara Hill, Business Manager
“It was a great experience! I encourage all who are looking for ways to turn off the noise, stress and rebalance to experience the Crystal Sound Lounge Sound Relaxation studio.”
– Obi Onyeagoro, Banker
“Was a really restful experience, cosy, soothing, embryonic and the sound healing is a wonderful way to cut through the chatter of the monkey mind… so nice to be able to relax, meditate and feel well without exerting any intrinsic effort – so much of self-help is about actively doing stuff. Will be back!”
– Tami Alikhani, Teacher
“Crystal Sound Lounge was my first experience of going to a sound bath. It was absolutely magical and I felt relaxed and rejuvenated like I never had before. I simply lay down and the vibrations of the crystal bowls and gongs did all the work. I’ve tried mindfulness and meditation in the past but this is far easier and more refreshing. Looking forward to my next visit!”
– Tiffany Freitas, Chief Financial Officer
“After an hour of listening to the amazing instruments my mood had completely lifted and my body had felt like it had been on a mini vacation – relaxed. I highly recommend this to everyone – a beautiful journey. Thank you Crystal Sound Lounge for the experience.”
– Sophie Deedes, Fashion Stylist