Gong bath is a therapeutic application of sound frequencies for the purpose of meditation, healing and relaxation.
The gong is one of the most effective instruments for sound healing, it is the sound of total resonance, incorporating all tones and harmonics of the sound spectrum: those within hearing range and those beyond human hearing.
Gong master and Kundalini yoga teacher, Don Contreaux, who is in his 46th year of gong healing and teaching says, “The sounds from the gong travel from the outer ear throughout the body via the vagus nerve—impacting brain waves, respiratory rate and heart rate. Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system—the healer within.”
This is an instrument of great power, which can shut down the mind chatter, taking us automatically into meditation. Using gong for sound healing, we are utilising the power of the original “OM” - the sound of The Universe.
The gongs used for the gong bath are Paiste Planet Gongs that are tuned to the orbit of a particular planet (Venus & Jupiter) as calculated by the astronomer Hans Cousto.
Venus: is connected with sensuality, love, abundance and completion
Jupiter: connected to trust, abundance, openness, affirming and expansion
Energy, Frequencies, Vibrational Medicine & Gong bath meditations
Everything is Energy. There is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all of life. This bio-energy has a vibration to it. It can be measured and it is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency.
Emotions have frequency, thoughts have frequency, light waves have frequencies, and even solids have frequency. The difference lies in the varying levels of frequencies.
Humans have higher consciousness and as such experience higher energy frequency states. We do not however vibrate at the same levels. Also, we don’t always vibrate at optimum energy frequency states for health and wellbeing. One main reason is because we allow our negative emotions and limiting thoughts to be in charge. Another reason is connected to unhealthy lifestyle choices.
In the field of Vibrational Medicine, health is connected with how quickly foundational cells are vibrating, circulating and regenerating within the body. The greater the movement within the cells, the more free your body is to self-heal. The slower the cells move within the body, the greater the chance for tumour, blockages, and diseases to develop.
When we become out of balance excessively and over prolonged periods of time, our body’s natural ability to heal itself declines. We are not able to operate optimally. Consequently, our frequency “gets out of tune” and we become more susceptible to illness, diseases and mental stresses.
Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, influence how we feel and function. Gong Bath is a sound healing practice, that uses vibrational sounds and frequencies for the purpose of healing and relaxation. It helps to reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and wellbeing for better health.
Yogi Bhajan, the master of the technology of Kundalini Yoga taught that out of the gong came all music, all sounds, and all words--the sound of the gong being the nucleus of the Word. The gong is not an instrument, it is pure reinforced vibration and is the only tool that you can produce space vibrations. The Gong is an instrument of great power, which can shut down the mind chatter, taking us automatically into meditation. Using gong for sound healing, we are utilising the power of the original “OM” - the sound of The Universe.
Gong music can be used to rebalance the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It does that by tuning the body’s vibrational frequencies and bringing it back to balance. It deeply rejuvenates the body and cells, it carries one into effortless state of relaxation, and it can be very transformative by helping one to unblock negative emotions that affects our state of health and wellbeing.
The power of Gong bath meditation is the act of not doing but listening. Too often people find it hard to meditate whereas when you attend a gong bath you will see and feel how easy this type of meditation is.
Colour, Frequencies, Vibrational Medicine & Gong bath
There are different techniques of creating an interaction between matter and energy flow. One of the most effective ways is to use vibrations and frequencies to the body via the 5 senses. Applying the appropriated wavelength (colour) or vibrational frequency (gong and sound healing) provides the necessary healing energy that the body requires.
Our body is not merely a cellular vehicle operating in a modular level. It goes beyond cellular matrix to a network of higher and lower energy fields. By looking at the body as an energy field, we are able to understand the relationship of matter (cellular vehicle in a modular level) and energy (network of fields). This understanding allows us to seek different ways of healing the body.
The Einstein approach deals with the human body not as an assembly of parts or chemicals, but as a total, complete system operating in harmony with the electromagnetic/ energy system of the universe, similar to the way in which the Eastern philosophy of medicine understands the physical/energy connection. Whereas the Newtonian mechanistic approach is based on physically repairing or removing cellular material.
Vibrational healing adjusts the body’s energies by creating a flow between the dense physical energy and the subtle energy. Subtle energy is responsible for many of the body functions and activities. These interrelating systems of subtle forces recharge or re-channel into diseased areas where there is a block or deficiency and produces a energy flow. When energy is flowing healing happens.
The 49th Octave is scientifically referred to as a narrow band in the cosmic electromagnetic spectrum; known as the visible colour spectrum. It is composed of reds, greens and blues and their combined derivatives, producing the perceivable colours that fall between the ultraviolet and the infrared ranges of energy and vibrations.
The idea of using colour-therapy (light therapy) with sound healing is to unite healing properties of the sound with the healing properties of light therapy. Light healing is based on the premisses that on the surface of the skin; the physical and energy bodies interface through the colour vibrations. The vibrating colours generate electrical impulses and magnetic current or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body; the stimulants or sedatives necessary to balance the entire system and organs.
The violet end of the spectrum relieves energy overloads, the red end generally stimulates the non functioning or the under-functioning parts of the system, and the green centre provides a neutral or stabilising effect. The 49th Octave ( or vibrational technique) provides the complete or composite polarity process needed to enhance the body’s energy.
These basic colours (red, green and violet), are in perfect harmony with energy centres in the body, otherwise well known as Chakras. The lowest (first) chakra corresponds with red, the middle chakra (fourth) with green, and the highest (seventh) chakra with violet. When these (or all) chakras are in balance, they should create a white energy field surrounding the body (aura).
Pranayama, Essential oils & Gong Bath
How Pranayama can increase the benefits of Gong ?
According to the Vedas Life is dependent on Prana. Prana is life energy. Prana is present in all cells of the body and enters the body through nostrils.
Pranayama is a breathing technique which brings the life energy in the form of breath. Pranayama is not only good for meditation preparation, but it is also good for the body; it cleanses toxins and causes high oxygenation within the cells, It is a wonderful way to work with the body for healing and purification.
When we are asleep or in a deep state of meditation or relaxation, our sense organs rest. But Prana/Energy still functioning, it remains alive. The powerful combination of a Pranayama followed by a deep sound healing meditation allows the body to distribute the energy of Prana for healing, regeneration and revitalisation.
Bringing life energy/Prana to support the functions of the nervous system helps us to respond to a variety of complex situations that we encounter in life with grace, clarity, intelligence and sensitivity instead of a compulsive or reactive approach which makes us a slave of a situation. A strong nervous system with a strong Pranic energy brings you mastery, so that our life experiences can be determined by us, not by life circumstances.
Essential oils as a vibrational medicine and Gong baths
Everything is Energy, It can be measured and it is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency. We as a human beings experience higher energy frequency states. However our optimum vibrational state can be disrupted by an array of factors such as stress, negative emotions, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. These in turn affects our health and wellbeing.
Fortunately, we have essential oils and sound healing both work on balancing the energies of the body by turning it to different frequencies.
The Gong is an instrument of great power. Gong master and Kundalini yoga teacher, Don Contreaux says “The sounds from the gong travel from the outer ear throughout the body via the vagus nerve, impacting brain waves, respiratory rate and heart rate. It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically: it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system; the healer within.
Essential oils have a higher biometric frequency that encourages our body to regenerate damaged cells, build a higher immune defence to viruses as well as sustain energy and vitality.
Like the use of sound as a technology for healing, aromatherapy has been used for these same purposes. Aromatherapy employs the use of “Essential Oils,” which are derived from the most concentrated essence of a tree, fruit, herb, grass, shrub or flower.
If we look at what we know about these particular oils from scientific studies, we know that together they comprise a powerful blend of antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. But they also vibrate at particular frequencies that probably help to clean the aura and activate certain altered states of consciousness and prepare one for communion with the divine.
Essential oils have been successfully measured in the early nineties by agricultural scientist Bruce Tainio, who developed a machine called the BT3 Frequency Monitoring System. Tainio further used his machine to determine that the average frequency of a human body that is healthy will measure a frequency of 62 to 68 MHz. He concluded that if a body's frequency drops below these levels, then the immune system is likely to be compromised.
Of course, Tainio expounded on the work and research of Dr. Royal Rife who found that diseases also have specific frequencies, as well as the cells and organs in the body, theorising that certain frequencies could heal imbalances.
Having negative thoughts can lower your personal frequency. But positive thinking, prayer or meditative states can raise it. As we learned in the Law of Resonance – a stronger frequency will entrain a weaker frequency. This is exactly how essential oils and gong bath work together; to restore health and wellbeing, and to promote healing. Their harmonious frequencies overcome and neutralize imbalances
Shamanic Drumming & Schumann Frequency, what is the Health link?
Shamanic journeys reached to repeated drumming are associated with an ancient spiritual practice to reach shamanic trance states, typically described as “journeys to a non-ordinary reality”. The shamanic trance is generally described as an altered state of consciousness .
Altered state of consciousness (ASC) has a brainwave frequency measured between 7Hz-8 Hz. This frequency is associated with particular psychophysiological changes such as parasympathetic dominance. That is roughly the same as the Earth’s natural frequency, known as part of the Schumann Frequency. A 7.83 Hz frequency is an alpha/theta brainwave frequency in the human brain. Alpha/Theta brainwave frequency is relaxed, dreamy, sleepy state, that is also when cell regeneration and healing happens.
Notably, repetitive drumming has been identified as a form of sonic driving that can facilitate ASC. Harner showed that shamanic journey instructions accompanied with repetitive drumming led to an increase in salivary immunoglobulin A (sIgA). Pohler et al. showed the benefits of a shamanic intervention done by shamanic practitioners for cancer patients. Shamanic interventions over a period of several months have also been shown to help alleviate pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorders. Moreover another study has shown that shamanic drumming sessions can reduce salivary cortisol levels. Cortisol is released in response to stress and low levels of blood glucocorticoids. A sudden increase of salivary cortisol is linked with acute stress; inversely, a decrease in the concentration of salivary cortisol has been associated with relaxation, yoga and meditation, aromatherapy, and exposure to music and choir singing, and most recently to shamanic drumming.
We all know the detrimental impact of stress in health and wellbeing, and we also know some therapeutic interventions we can be exposed to which could help us to aid health and wellbeing. With more health, we have more energy and stamina to deal with the challenging nature of life, and yet be able to happy, calm, resilient and focused on the things that are really important for us to thrive.
This article was extracted and adapted from the scientific study done by Gingras B et al, at University of Vienna, Department of Cognitive Biology. For more information please visit: