I’m David, I play gong and give sound baths. I’m based in Catford, south-east London.
I hope everyone is staying safe so far. I’ve released a 30 minute recording of my gong which you can download from Bandcamp. It’s a free download, but if you find it helpful please consider giving a donation to the Trussell Trust or other charity supporting people in these difficult times. Gong Meditation by David …
I hope you are keeping well in these difficult times. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that the Friday lunchtime gong bath classes at Studio Kooks will be cancelled until the end of May 2020, due to the ongoing Coronavirus/Covid-19 situation. I will keep you updated of any change to this. You can …
Please note that due to the ongoing Coronavirus / Covid-19 situation all classes are cancelled until May 2020. Read more…
Revitalising gong bath, 12:00-12:45pm
Fridays from Friday 6 March 2020
Cost: £8 drop-in (payable by cash or card).
Refresh your mind and body with a revitalising 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. This 45 minute session is designed to relax and recharge you ready for the weekend.
Mats, blankets and cushions are provided. Wear something you’ll be comfortable lying down in.
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.
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.