The Gong and I   -   Elaine Nicholas

Of all the instruments that I have heard blown, plucked, struck, or shook, I have never been more ‘blown away’ than by the spiralling cocoon of sound that radiates from a Gong expertly, and intuitively, played.  In the words of Elvis, it always, and ever, leaves me “All shook up”. Out of the Gong emanates all music, and all sounds - sounds rich and resonant, sounds that range from shimmering explosive highs to deep mysterious lows.  Sounds, which when the mind and body relax and surrender to them, can initiate a deep energetic clearing, leaving one feeling balanced, peaceful, and light. Such is a Gong Bath. Blissful and beneficial.


The Gong and I at Exeter Mind and Body CentreI first participated in a Gong Bath in 2009 after my interest was piqued by an ad describing it as being deeply nourishing, and restorative – something I was badly in need of due to the stress in my daily life. As the Gong began to play the room was filled with the most amazing and exotic sounds; ripples, waves, and tsunamis of the intense sound vibration rolled over me, under me, and through me, and as layer upon layer of complex harmonics enveloped me, physical and emotional layers were peeled away. I was transported into a realm where temporal time, and locality, ceased to exist. I was utterly transported; I was on a sound journey.  The words of Plato came to mind:

“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, … and life to everything. It is the essence of order”

- Plato (429-347)

It was an alchemical experience, and one I was destined to repeat.  It was too good not to. At the end of every sixty-minute Gong bath session I felt renewed, revitalised, and rejuvenated. I felt less anxious, more able to cope both with stress, and the daily challenges that life delivers. It was thus little surprise when I discovered, through research, that the Gong is one of humankind’s most powerful and oldest transformational and therapeutic instruments; its vibrational massage is accredited with being relaxing and calming, centring and energising, transforming and healing. And lest we think that this is a present day discovery it is worth pointing out that the Gong has been used in ritual, ceremony, prayer, and meditation since the Bronze Age, and arguably as far back as the sixteenth century BCE.

It was now 2012 and I knew that I wanted to use the Gong’s resonant sound in the present day; I felt irresistibly drawn to the work of playing the Gong! To this end I embarked on a Gong Practitioner Training, through the College of Sound Healing, which I completed successfully in 2013. My working life, and my deepening journey, with the Gong had begun. Since that time I have been giving regular group, and private, Gong Bath sessions both to promote a deep sense of well-being, and to bring about an energetic shift, in people’s lives.

With Spring energy clearing out the dead energy of Winter, it is a great time to bring energetic balance into your life. Thus, I invite you to experience a Gong Bath, to take the opportunity to bathe in the healing, resonant sound harmonics that a Gong creates, and be transported to a timeless place of peace and deep relaxation that will both cleanse and refresh, bringing new energies to your body.  You will embark on your own journey of exploration and discovery for your health and well-being.

Reproduced here with permission from Elaine Nicholas.

If you are interested in experiencing a Gong Bath please contact Elaine directly on 07917 386254