Common Questions About Gonging

Although this is an ancient practice, sound healing may be new to you.

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions people pose:

What is sound healing?

Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony, balance, and health.

Why do I need it?

Do you experience stress? Are you in some physical pain? Would you like to feel more peaceful? Are you going through life transitions and feel anxious? These are signs you could need sound healing.

I’m new to gong meditations. Does that matter?

No. Everyone is new at some point. Even if you’re new to meditation altogether, this is an easy way to experience both sound healing and meditation, because all you do is sit or lie down and allow the sounds to flow through you. It’s almost a “done for you” experience!

Is there science behind this?

Scientists now know that everything is vibration, or energy. The denser the mass, the lower the vibration. As the high vibrations of the gong meet the lower vibrations of your body, they do what’s called entrainment – they meet you where you are, then match, and then raise your vibration, which helps to release things that are stuck in your body, like emotions, feelings, negative thoughts, and even pains & illnesses.

This all brings the whole brain and body into balance, allowing for de-stressing, improved health, increased productivity, and an overall sense of well-being and peace.

Since the gong is played intuitively, there are no set patterns in its sounds/vibrations. The left brain is where we do our thinking, planning, counting, etc. It’s also where our mind chatter goes on, and it lives in the past and the future. Because it has nothing to attach itself to (or follow or track) as the gong is played, after about 90 seconds or so, it surrenders, softens, sometimes completely gives up doing anything. The right brain, which is home to our intuition, creativity, inspiration, and the present moment, is activated by the gong. This makes for an easier meditation for most people.

How long is a session?

A session can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour.

What do I do during the session?

The beauty of a gong session is that you don’t have to do anything but lie down or sit and receive the vibrations, allowing for the sound to do its thing. It’s almost a “done-for-you” meditation!

What do I have to do before & afterwards?

Before the session, I guide you to a place of comfort and relaxation, incorporating breathing techniques and some guided imagery. A suggestion is to have an intention of what you’d like to receive or release during the session.

Afterwards, I recommend you drink a lot of water and stay hydrated, just as you would after a physical massage. Think of this as an internal massage. Drinking water will help to flush out what may have been brought up to be released. Also, you’ll want to pay attention to dreams, inspirations, creative ideas, even synchronicities for a couple of days following the session. It’s important to pay attention to your body, as oftentimes physical ailments will soften or even dissipate altogether.

What can I expect afterwards?

The most common after-effect of a gong session is a sense of peace and well-being. Other people experience relief from physical ailments, a surge of energy, better sleep, and creative ideas. It’s unique to the individual.

How long do the benefits last?

Everyone’s experience will be unique. Most often, people experience the peaceful feelings for about 48 hours. Sometimes the results last longer. For instance, relief from a physical pain could last a few months. It’s important to remember that no 2 people will have the same experience, and every time you have a gong session, the experience will be unique.

What kind of setup is needed?

It depends on the number of people attending the session. A single person can lie on a couch, and the gongs are set up across from them, ideally around 4-8 feet away. Some people prefer closer, some farther. For a group, you’ll most likely want a room to accommodate the possibility of all of them lying down (some may choose to sit on the floor or in chairs), plus room for the gongs (about 4 by 4 square feet).

Can this be done in a large room or auditorium?

Absolutely! It can also be done in a room where everyone is seated. The sounds of the gongs disperse easily in a large room, and everyone will benefit.

How much time do you need to set up?

Setting up the gongs & accouterments only takes about 20 minutes. However, it’s preferable to have about 45 minutes to be in the space and do any further preparations (chairs, yoga mats, pillows, temperature, etc.).

How loud will it be?

It’s important to remember that the gongs don’t have to be played loudly. The whole session can be played softly, if desired. The vibrations will still be effective. Some people are just sensitive to loud volumes, and some people’s ears can hurt. That is discussed prior to the session. The recipient’s comfort is of the utmost importance!

What should be worn?

It’s best to be as relaxed as possible, so loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. And ideally the recipient would remove their shoes, or anything constricting their body.

What should participants bring?

Bring a yoga mat, blankets (sometimes body temp drops during a session), pillows (for under the head & knees), and bottled water.

How often can - or should - I have a gong session?

As often as you like! Once a week is wonderful. Once a month is great, too. It’s up to the recipient.

Who’s used it in the past?

This is an ancient form of healing that goes back thousands of years and transcends all cultures. Chinese peasants, Tibetan Monks, Indonesian healers, and even contemporary symphony orchestras have all benefited. It’s original, natural medicine!

Who endorses it?

Sound healing is used worldwide, and is an ancient practice. It’s used and endorsed by everyone from notable doctors, nurses, and research scientists, to spiritual leaders, and average people looking for relief from stress.

Can it be used as background music?

Absolutely! I have a friend who turns it on in his home and goes about his day, knowing the vibrations are effective whether he’s in the room or not. An acupuncturist turns it on during sessions. A couple goes to sleep with them.

I recommend the recordings for relaxation, but not for studying, and never while you’re driving. Remember, it’s quieting that side of your brain that is used for keeping you alert and safe.

How would a corporation use it?

We live in a hectic, busy world, so people who go into an office are experiencing a myriad of stresses. A CEO might choose to have private sessions in their office. A company’s Wellness Program can host Gong To Lunch sessions, allowing for a group of employees to de-stress together. Companies that host Strategic Planning Sessions and conferences may open their day with a 10-minute gong session in the front of the room, getting everyone relaxed, and opening them up to their most productive and creative ideas.

How can businesses use this?

We live in a hectic, busy world, so people who go into an office are experiencing a myriad of stresses. A CEO might choose to have private sessions in their office. A company’s Wellness Program can host Gong To Lunch sessions, allowing for a group of employees to de-stress together. Companies that host Strategic Planning Sessions and conferences may open their day with a 10-minute gong session in the front of the room, getting everyone relaxed, and opening them up to their most productive and creative ideas.

How will it benefit a group?

Because of how the sounds work, at the very least, recipients experience a sense of peace and well-being. Having a shared experience of this nature with others can bring a cohesive sense to the group, a feeling of community that enriches interaction afterwards. The boosting of creativity is a plus to companies and groups that want inspired members on their team!

What is the benefit for a company having Gong To Lunch sessions?

Employees have an opportunity to get quiet during a busy day, to experience a boost in their creativity for better productivity in the work place. Because of the health benefits (de-stressing, better blood pressure, feelings of relaxation and peace), sick days become a rarity.

What about going to a party afterwards?

That’s up to you. However, it’s recommended that you don’t drink alcohol or put yourself into a high-energy or intense situation following a gong session. Listen to your body.

Does insurance cover a session?

Not yet. It’s a goal!