Guided Gong Meditation ~ Sound Healing ~ Chanting
The guided Gong Relaxation and Mediation classes have been created to refresh and will create a calmer, more focussed mind and will help to find inner peace and balance, help to relieve stress and tension, reduce any feelings of anxiety or anger, balance blood pressure and regulate heart and breath rates. Meditation helps to reduce stress and tension, enhance sleep, relieve fatigue and it allows us to better understand our own minds and transform our thoughts from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy.
In the classes I’ve used easy-to-follow instruction to provide practical and effective tuition which delivers the many benefits both relaxation and meditation offer. I recommend a frequent and varied practice to really maximise the benefits you’ll get, so using a selection of classes is the way to go.
Sound Healing is the intentional use of sound to create a space to facilitate healing in the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual levels of our being.
To become healed, means to become whole.
Everything in the universe is in the state of vibration. This includes the human body. Every part vibrates at a resonant frequency that is harmonious with the rest of the body. When that frequency alters, that part of the body vibrates out of harmony and illness sets in. Stress or illness occur when an altered sound pattern takes over that part of the body which is not vibrating in harmony. Like an orchestra playing a grand symphony, the body is in a state of well being. Imbalance happens when a player begins to play in the wrong key and the wrong rhythm. It begins to affect the players around it and ultimately it causes the entire orchestra to play poorly.
Through the use of created sound that is projected in the area of imbalance, discordant frequency of the body returns to its harmonious state. This process is known as ‘Entrainment’. Entrainment is the ability of the more powerful sound pattern to change a less powerful sound pattern and cause them to synchronize their rhythms.
Sound healing tools and vocal toning techniques are used to entrain the body back to health. They are made with unique properties to produce sounds rich in overtones and harmonics. Sounds that focus on creating vibrational changes to initiate the healing process.
In an age where people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy and sound healing have entered mainstream health care and can be used successfully with people of all ages.
Sound as a healing modality is probably as old as the first sound made by man or woman. Early humans used sounds in sacred and ritualistic ways to promote fertility, accept death, grow crops, and commemorate events (Goldman, 2002).
Singing bowls, use of gongs, chanting, harmonics, toning, drumming, and vibrational healing through the chakras are all examples of sound healing modalities.
Today more people listen to music than ever before in the history of the world, and there are more avenues for experiencing music than anyone could have predicted years ago (Storr, 1992). Many believe that music has the power to heal the body, mind, and spirit. In an age when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities.
GONG BATH ~ Sound Therapy
A gong bath is a wonderfully relaxing experience ….you are bathed in the sounds of beautiful gongs (and other gentle percussive instruments) which bring you into a deeply relaxed state. You simply lay, snuggled in a blanket on the floor and let the sounds wash over you.
A gong bath is a beautiful form of sound therapy which leaves you feeling really marvellous – ‘blissed out’! It’s often described as a healing therapy that’s great for stress reduction.
Chanting can synchronize brain waves to achieve states of relaxation, produce the physiologic effects of an internal painkiller, and act as a healing agent in the body. Gaynor (2002) uses bija mantras, the seven single-syllable Sanskrit words that correspond to the seven chakras or energy centers of the body. The Sufis assign the following words to the corresponding energy centers (Gaynor, 2002):
• Lam—Root chakra
• Ram—Solar plexus
• Om—Between the eyebrows
• All sound—Crown (encompasses all the sound frequencies in nature)
Mantras such as these are fundamental sounds that help to focus and calm the mind, are easy to pronounce and remember, and serve as an excellent introduction to the process of chanting in tune with singing bowls. Chanting is practiced by many cultures, religious organizations, and ethnic groups. There are Native American chants, Gregorian chants, Vedic chants, and Tibetan overtone chants, among others.
In the classes we will be using singing bowls, drums, gong, chanting and other instruments; some are provided in the class, I highly encourage you to bring your instruments with you.
CLASS DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON….