Hello

I’m David, I play gong and give sound baths. I’m based in Catford, south-east London.

I’m running in-person events in May and June 2021 – in Greenwich and Beckenham Place Park Mansion.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss me running a gong bath for you online, or in person (current restrictions permitting!).

News

BAST training

I’m excited to be starting the Group Sound Relaxation Therapy course at the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) in April 2021. This will be an opportunity to learn to play more instruments for therapeutic purposes as well as to learn more about the science and research behind sound therapy. I’ll make sure to bring …

Classes

Nature Connection: A Deep Listening Soundbath
Sunday 16 May, 18:00-19:15
Online (Zoom)
Cost: £9.00

The positive relationship between spending time in nature and our mental health is well established. It can reduce negative feelings such as stress, anger and anxiety while helping us to become more active, connected and relaxed (Mind, Nature and Mental Health, 2018). No wonder then that the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week centres around connecting with nature.

As part of marking Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we are pleased to offer “Nature Connection: A Deep Listening Soundbath”. In this session, you’ll explore your ability to listen attentively while reflecting on how nature affects our wellbeing, and our relationship with the natural world. As part of the session you’ll be encouraged to set intentions based on your reflections to deepen an ongoing engagement with nature.

There will be a combination of gong, therapeutic percussion, ambient music, sounds from the natural world and short readings.

The session will last for 75 mins and be delivered online via Zoom. To join, you’ll need a comfortable place to lie down, a reliable internet connection and a good pair of headphones.

Book now via the GONG website


In person Gong Bath
Sunday 30 May, 16:00-17:00
Greenwich Fitness and Pilates, SE10 8NB
Cost: £20 + £2.15 booking fee

In person sessions are back! The first of my sessions will be held at Greenwich Fitness and Pilates, a stone’s through from Greenwich rail and DLR station. The session will be run with strict Covid-secure measures. Attendees should bring their own mats, cushions to support their heads and optionally eye bags. No headphones needed!

Book now via the GONG website.


In person Gong Bath
Tuesday 1 June, 18:00-19:00
Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, BR3 1SY
Cost: £20 + £2.15 booking fee

In person sessions are back! This session will be held in the beautiful Georgian Mansion in Beckenham Place Park (nearest station Beckenham Hill). The session will be run with strict Covid-secure measures. Attendees should bring their own mats, cushions to support their heads and optionally eye bags. No headphones needed!

Book now via the GONG website.


In person Gong Bath
Monday 7 June, 18:00-19:00
Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, BR3 1SY
Cost: £20 + £2.15 booking fee

In person sessions are back! This session will be held in the beautiful Georgian Mansion in Beckenham Place Park (nearest station Beckenham Hill). The session will be run with strict Covid-secure measures. Attendees should bring their own mats, cushions to support their heads and optionally eye bags. No headphones needed!

Book now via the GONG website.


In person Gong Bath
Sunday 13 June, 18:00-19:00
Greenwich Fitness and Pilates, SE10 8NB
Cost: £20 + £2.15 booking fee

In person sessions are back! The session will be held at Greenwich Fitness and Pilates, a stone’s through from Greenwich rail and DLR station. The session will be run with strict Covid-secure measures. Attendees should bring their own mats, cushions to support their heads and optionally eye bags. No headphones needed!

Book now via the GONG website.

What is a gong bath?

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.

Please note that gong baths are not recommended for women in their first trimester of pregnancy, those with a pacemaker or anyone with epilepsy.

About me

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 a musician, 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.

I’m currently studying for a diploma in Group Sound Relaxation Therapy with the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST).

You can contact me at davidlittlegong AT gmail.com.