I’m David, I play gong and give sound baths. I’m based in Catford, south-east London.
Relaxing gong bath, 7.30-8.30pm
Thursday 6 February – 27 February 2020
Cost: £10 drop-in.
Unwind and refresh your mind and body with a relaxing gong bath. All that is required is to lie on a mat – or sit in a chair if preferred – and immerse yourself in the sound and vibrations of the gong. The hour long session provides the opportunity to engage more with the practice – allowing you to reach a meditative state, or simply just to relax more deeply.
A gong bath (also known as a sound bath or gong meditation) is a chance to experience a deeply relaxing or meditative state simply by listening to a gong being played.
When played, the gong generates rich and complex sounds – as well as physical vibrations. Participants may feel like they are bathing in sound (hence the name!). While there is no single – or right or wrong way – to experience a gong bath, attendees often report feeling very relaxed and revitalised afterwards. For those familiar with mindfulness meditation you may find yourself entering a similar state to that experienced in a sitting meditation. Or you may simply fall asleep – this is perfectly natural!
Little effort is required in a gong bath – all you need to do is lie comfortably on a mat or sit in a chair and listen to and feel the sound.
In my sessions I typically provide an introduction to what you might expect, followed by a guided meditation to prepare you for the gong bath. Following the gong bath itself we experience a brief period of silence before we fully “return” ourselves to the room and our daily lives.
I experienced my first gong bath early in 2019 – the experience made a deep impression on me. I found it relaxing and it helped with some feelings of anxiety I had been experiencing.
Following this I sought out other gong baths which led me to taking some gong player training provided by Selma Studer of Gong studios. I’m an amateur musician, former percussionist and a practitioner of mindfulness meditation – and have a keen interest in the power of sound and music to alter mood. So, playing gong for restorative purposes really resonated with me – literally!
In my sessions, I hold a peaceful and calming space. While I am fascinated by the science of sound, its effect on us – and its potential to improve our wellbeing, I make no unsubstantiated claims for what the gong will do for you. A gong bath is a personal experience – and one that will change from session to session. However, I do believe – both from personal experience and from talking to others, that it can refresh and revitalise, allow us to take time out from the stresses and strains of everyday life – and help calm our busy minds.
You can contact me at davidlittlegong [AT] gmail.com.