In order to get there, you need to disconnect from thoughts entirely-and in this respect at least, the sound bath succeeded where everything else has failed for me. The sound reverberated through my body in such a way that my mind simply couldn’t distract itself.
I must have fallen asleep at some point, because when I woke up everyone else was preparing to leave. And as I floated down the street towards the station, my mind felt oddly quiet. Sometimes you have to let some sound in to drown the other noise out.
(Women’s Health, March 2018)
We felt utterly relaxed post-sound bath, to the point that we were honestly a little dazed. Getting on a Tube home felt like a battle–so we wouldn’t recommend doing this right before needing to be energetic.
Gong therapy is becoming more accessible (a pilgrimage to an eco retreat in Mexico is no longer necessary, though may be preferable) with many workshops popping up in London. Below we’ve rounded up a few of the best sound therapy classes in the city:
Crystal Sound Lounge, Paddington:
Set in the lounge of a gorgeous house in Paddington and run by Laura, who discovered sound meditation after a crystal singing bowl session in Mexico left her with ‘a profound sense of peace like never before.”
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 effects (of singing bowl therapy) were profound: while I’d expected to spend the session sniggering quietly into the pillow, I instead fell into a deep meditative state, waking to feel as if I’d had a full night’s sleep.
The vibrations from sound will effectively move the water within cells, promoting a stagnant circulatory system to speed up, and encourage the overwrought body to switch from alpha to beta, silencing stressful thoughts, and allowing healing to occur….It’s likely that the reason for sound therapy emerging as one of the most popular wellness trends of 2018 is as much to do with the relaxation it promotes as anything else.
“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