The true healer is the person receiving the energy, the practitioner is merely acting as the catalyst to allow the healer to access and utilise a higher vibrational field of energy. Richard Gordon
The Gong Space
A Gong Bath (also referred to as a Gong Meditation) entails being in a standing, reclined or seated position. The recipients are “bathed” in the sound of the gong, this can be achieved individually or for a group.
The sound is organic, deep and nurturing. The “living tones” build upon each other and evolve on their own, producing a sea of sound that is both timeless and alive. You not only hear the sound through your ears but through your body. Through this experience, tensions are released, blockages cleared, and the mind is able to stop its chattering.
Many people experiencing a Gong Bath report a ‘release’, this can take the form of an energetic, emotional, mental or physical response and it is the vibrations from the Gong re-aligning our energy centres. Many people experience a deep sense of well-being from the experience.
Sound has been used therapeutically for thousands of years helping people to relax, soothe and de-stress, as well as to heal and alter consciousness. In some Eastern cultures it has long been realised that the beneficial effect goes deeper than just a sense of wellbeing; harmonious sounds have also been known to have a healing effect on the body at a cellular level. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks also understood the extraordinary healing power of sound, and even composed and performed music with the purpose of healing. More recently Sound Healing has grown in popularity as we remember the ancient wisdom of our ancestors.
To understand Sound Healing, it is helpful to know that everything in creation is made up of energy – vibrating at different frequencies. Modern physicists continue to find evidence to support this belief. For instance – dense, apparently inanimate objects like rocks, look like solid matter, but are in fact forms of energy vibrating at lower frequencies. At the other end of the spectrum, light vibrates at a very high frequency. Everything in the universe, including each and every one of us is energy.
Since every part of the body has the potential to perform at its optimum it is also true to say that stress lowers vibration resulting in imbalance or dis-ease. However, the extraordinary range of sounds made by the Gongs is able to stimulate the body cells so that they begin to vibrate in sympathy -quite literally their vibration rises and they tune up.
In the words of Sheila Whittaker, my teacher and renowned Gong Master, “Sound also works on the subtle energy body that surrounds the physical body, which is where imbalance and dis-ease manifest first, before appearing in the physical dimension. Using the gongs we can help to clear energy blockages and thus prevent illness and disease before it reaches 3D reality. This is very sacred work.”
Private Gong Therapy Sessions : In addition to Group Gongbaths Alex has a private therapy practice on the edge of Exmoor in West Somerset. A private treatment session costs £45 .
Working individually with different clients according to what they want. She will use the gongs and other instruments to relax and de-stress you bringing your whole being back into a state of harmony on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This is a deep sonic, meditational, healing experience which usually leaves people very relaxed, refreshed and invigorated, and ready to face the world anew. The gong sounds may clear blockages in the subtle energy body, and enable deep issues to be resolved. Occasionally a client may feel worse for a short while before they start to feel better. This is part of the healing process, and an indication that the gongs are doing their work.
In both the group and individual gong sessions Alex uses a combination of Paiste Gongs including: 38” Symphonic (otherwise known as the ‘Queen’), Sedna, Mercury, a 20” Symphonic hand gong and the Head Chakra Gong.
You are not expected to do anything except be comfortable!
Bring something to lie on (like a yoga mat), a blanket and a pillow.
Take your spot – lie back (or let me know if you prefer to sit in a chair).
Relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the gong.
Paiste Symphonic Gongs
The Queen: 38” Symphonic
This was my first gong and ‘she’ possesses rich, deep sounds which are gentle, powerful and of a cosmic nature. The Queen’s sound tends to ‘mushroom’ due to her size and the tensions in the metal and offers a huge range of complex harmonics and overtones which build up when played. This is a wonderful, healing gong – the matriarch of my gong family!
34” Symphonic: tuned to C2 – C#2
I bought this gong from my gong-master Sheila Whittaker. It was the first gong I connected with whilst training and I’ve always been impressed by its generous sound and lively tones. Plays and entrains well with the Queen and Mercury gongs.
20” Symphonic: tuned to C3
One of my early gongs this is a lovely gong which I like to play over people during their gongbath. Inspite of its smaller size, this gong has powerful vibrations which can be felt at different points in the body depending on the sensitivity of the individual.
The oldest version of the instrument, Symphonic Gongs have a slightly raised surface (without boss) with a harmonic and universal sound structure. The fundamental note of the gong is balanced with the instrument’s complex overtones. The characterizing word Symphonic thereby should not be misinterpreted as describing the literal sense of classical symphonic orchestra application but its original sense to unite harmonic sounds. The describing word universal shall be understood as “sound in its entirety”. (Andertons)
Paiste Planet Gongs
Planet Gongs are tuned in conformity with the natural harmonic series based in the orbital properties on the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the Planets according to calculations of Hans Cousto. Thus they resonate in harmony with the cycles of the celestial bodies and communicate a distinct aspect of the “music of the spheres” so amply quoted since the Antique. Their sound colour is extremely mysterious and conveys an unusual, unfathomable atmosphere. (Andertons)
The Mercury Gong 32”: tuned to C#
Mercury symbolises mentality: our intellect and mental outlook, the way we think and the way we communicate. Mercury, as Hermes, is the emblem for the magus, the wise counsellor, divine messenger – and prince of thieves! This fast moving planet stands for ideas and information especially as expressed through communication and media. A wonderful healing gong in its own right, the Mercury gong supports clear speech, good communications, understanding, intelligence and analytical ability – and on a physical level, the throat and thyroid gland. (In the Heart of the Gong Space – Sheila Whittaker)
Head Chakra Gong: 11”
This small gong has a lasting, harmonic, penetrating and centering tone – its colour is bright as it penetrates and influences the skull (the seventh chakra) as well as the forehead, nasal cavities, and sinuses.
Sedna: 38” Exoten
This powerful gong has both depth and character. Being an Exoten means that late in production this gong was recognised as being different to the traditional Sedna gongs tuned to C2, however in my opinion it makes this particular gong truly unique. Personal experience tells me this gong is both transformational and feminine, powerful and gentle. Her sound is deep, organic and nurturing. Key words include: purifying, death, divine feminine, transformation, rebirth, guardian of the ocean depths. Sedna takes me to new levels of consciousness, she symbolises new paradigms, expansion and powerful healing.
Neptune: 24” tuned to G#2
The Neptune gong is the mystic, the visionary, representing unity consciousness. Key elements are: dreams, art, poetry, music, spiritual devotion, psychic abilities, ESP and cosmic awareness. The Neptune gong is played when you want to gain intuition, vision, creativity, inspiration and imagination. A watery gong, Neptune is associated with orange/yellow and the Crown chakra.
The Pluto Gong 36”: tuned to C#2
The Pluto gong helps to transform energy or a situation – it’s a powerful, lively, generous gong that assists with the integration of news of being. The Pluto gong is played at times of deep transformation in our lives. I have been playing the Pluto gong for nearly a year, I have found it to be supportive of change, it has helped me to grow and and connect to a profound sense of personal Truth. It is associated with the Root chakra and Kundalini awakening.
The Sidereal Moon 24”: tuned to A#2
The Full Moon helps to stimulate our autonomic nerves system in a positive and rhythmic way. The Full Moon rules nature and is nurturing on all levels especially emotionally. It helps to bring things to fruition. Aligned with the sacral chakra, this is a wonderful gong to play when you have any issues associated with the sacral area – associated with sexual function.
Sound Creation Earth Gong: 36”
Deep and mysterious this gong connects us deeply to the resonance of the earth.
Nepalese Singing Wind Gong
Made made from recycled antique singing bowls this gong is exceptional. The largest of my gong family she rarely leaves my Healing Sound room, and is always included in an individual gongbath.
This Sun gong has a distinct sound that is responsive enough to produce rich overtones with an enormously wide range of volume. The sound is very grounding, at the same time melodic and complex with an organic quality well suited to sound healing sessions, (Sound Travels).
‘Happiness has Arrived’ – The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga
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Sound has subtle yet profound effects on our body, mind and spirit. We can feel it when we listen to the sound of waves breaking on the shore, a favourite piece of music, or the peaceful crackle of an autumn fire.
I’ve been lucky enough to experience a few beautifully crafted gong baths from Alex and I always emerge with my energy feeling bright and sparkly. The sound currents from the gong enter your system, bypassing the mind and resonate within your being. You don’t need to do anything, no words need to be spoken as you lie back and allow the vibrations to do their work.
I have so enjoyed the smaller gong baths in Minehead. They are like a complete energy rewiring – a great de-stresser. I come away from being immersed in the various sounds of the gong feeling that everything hard and heavy I have accumulated in my body and soul have been gently shaken into tiny bits that just floated away, so that I am lighter and more fluid. Can’t wait to experience this in the fabulous Tithe Barn!
I was very surprised at the sound, not what I expected a gong to sound like at all. Almost unearthly, but so soothing as you lie back and relax in its waves. I feel the sound vibrating up through the floor throughout my body, so the experience isn’t just listening. Afterwards I feel full of energy but without feeling on edge. Quite often when I feel I have energy I have an underline feeling of stress too…..but after the gong I feel peacefully energetic.
“Physical waves of sensation. Spinning energy centres, especially in the pauses. A real intensity in the solar plexus at one point; and also in the whole of my skin. So many different sensations amidst a deep calm and relaxed body. Loved the structure and rhythm and the curious noises.”
Thank you so much for last night’s Gong Bath. The venue was just magical and I really felt the benefit. Best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long while. Julie
Alex is impeccable in the way she presents the work that she is doing with the Gong. The tea and banana bread at the end was perfect.
I felt as if I was taken out on a journey round the solar system and then to the stars. Then into the deep oceans with the whales and the dolphins. I felt connected to the Divine and to my life and to the things that are very dear to me.