We are really excited to be offering sound baths in Riding Mill throughout October on Fridays at 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Some of you will have already experienced the benefits of a sound bath but for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term we have outlined below what to expect and the benefits you might enjoy.
NB: There is no actual bath involved! A sound bath is a relaxing and meditative experience where participants are ‘bathed’ in sound waves. These waves are produced by instruments such as the gong, singing bowls, chimes and sometimes other percussion instruments. The instruments create deep resonating vibrations that help people to achieve a deep state of relaxation in a short space of time with no effort other than listening. People often describe feeling deeply relaxed following a sound bath. Some fall into a meditative or dream-like state, and are able to switch off from worrying thoughts, relieve tension and improve their mood.
Research is ongoing into how sound baths work and an evidence base is slowly growing. One theory is that binaural beats propel the brain into producing slower brainwaves which are linked to dreamy, meditative states. The ideal length of time for a sound bath is 45-60 minutes. You will be invited to bring a yoga mat or camping mat, a blanket, cushion and if you have one an eye mask. The idea is that you are as comfortable as possible. If you are uncomfortable lying down then a chair can be provided. You will be invited to close your eyes and simply let the sounds wash over you ( some people even fall asleep). We’ll let you know when it's time to come back to the room.
Mary and Kesta Gong Song UK