Since the usage of the gong beginning about the 8th century BCE, they have enjoyed a place of honor among spiritual practices. From calling the gods, opening the realm of the dead, given as wedding gifts, heal the sick and banish evil spirits, the gong has become an instrument of subconscious cleansing, aligning the chakras, and reorganizing the energies in the five yogic koshas, or sheaths of existence.
More and more yoga studios are employing a gong player as an integral part of their practices. (With due thanks to Yogi Bhajan) The above is a mere fraction of the healing potential of the gong. Here are some more benefits:
The playing of the gong has many more enormous health benefits:
- Activates the parasympathetic nervous system
- Slows and eases your heart rate
- Increases intestinal and digestive ease
- Sounds stimulates dermatomes (body surface connected to spine)
- Relieves various body pains
- Headaches and migraine relief
- Menstrual Cramping
- Stimulates and promotes blood circulation
- Stimulates glandular system causing reorganization of emotional energy
- Has been scientifically proven as beneficial in mental ailments such as schizophrenia, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and abuse behavior, and deep seeded depression
- Individuated spiritual experiences
- Often reported release or reorganization of traumatic experiences
- Has been shown useful in treatment of vertigo and tinnitus
- Can help reverse chronic fatigue and lethargy
- Restoration of natural balance and flow of physical, emotional, and spiritual energies
- Flow of emotional and spiritual energy individuated
- Decreases flow and production of cortisol
- Promotes overall well-being
Again, this is but a fraction of the benefits reported by those who have experienced a gong bath. With an open mind and the power of intention, a gong bath can only be beneficial to you, whether in a group or you and a practioner.
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