Sound Research

Ever wondered why or how the gong may have an impact on your health?  Wondering what the evidence is or what others have experienced?

Read on for some evidence or visit our webpage More Gong to read others experience in newspaper and magazine articles and see some gong baths that have been videoed.

Everything is in a constant state of vibration or resonance including every part and system within the human body, organs, glands, tissues, bones, nervous system. If the vibrations become discordant or lose their rhythm it can lead to dis – ease – disease. When in this state the body has different resonant frequencies or patterns. Sound therapy is the conscious therapeutic application of sound frequencies for the purpose of healing – making whole again, with the intention of bringing people back into the state of harmony of the mind body and spirit.

Sound is energy that we can hear. Sound is vibration and sound travels through gas, liquids and solids at different speed, moving faster when there is a greater density of molecules. Sound travels five times faster through water than air, so the vibrations can be deeply felt in the body which is comprised predominantly of water. (Wells 2018).

Wells J (2018) Gong Consciousness.  Choiceless Awareness Communications Ltd. USA.

Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood,Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study

  • In a study focussing on a sound bath that used several singing bowls participants experienced a reduction in tension especially the participants new to the sound experience. Participants reported less tension anger, fatigue and depressed mood following the sound bath, in addition to this feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased.

Goldsby et al (2017) Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood,Tension, and Well-being: An Observational Study Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine 2017, Vol. 22(3) 401-406

Gong and its Therapeutic Meaning

  • This study utilising a sample of 129 users of sound baths with gongs in 2015 in Slovenia, has shown that all users define the effect of sound vibrations as healing and/or relaxing. They testified on achieving durable inner peace, on better physical and mental wellbeing, fresh impetus for work, desire for personal growth and other positive effects.
  • Most positive results of treatment are observed in eliminating headaches, migraines, menstrual conditions, spinal pains and injuries.
  • Exposure to the gong sound enables psychoacoustic passage into different states of consciousness and into the field of unconsciousness. Statistically significant positive changes have been noticed in treating autistics, schizophrenics, and drug addicts. In a meditative state, achieved by playing the gongs, pressures and the contents of the mind become loose. Easiness leads to unusual and so called superior states of mind, which are otherwise experienced by drug addicts.

Pesek A, Bratina T (2016) Gong and Its Therapeutic Meaning. Muzikoloski Zbornik Musicological AnnualLII/2.

Feasibility of a trial with Tibetan Singing Bowls, and suggested benefits in metastatic cancer patients. A pilot study in an Italian Oncology Unit

  • Tibetan Bowls decrease anxiety, arousal, involuntary mental activity and stress.
  • From the first experiences with Tibetan Singing Bowls in cancer patients, we noticed that they experienced a profound relaxation, a reduction in anxiety and a state of well-being, expressed in various metaphors and analogies; for example, patients said, “I felt the sound of the singing bowls joining and melting together and I sensed a breeze that wiped out anxiety and pain”; “I could talk with myself again”; “I had the perception of my body and this helped me not to be afraid”; “I felt that I could again trust in my self-defence ability”. As a result, patients regained awareness of their bodies, a higher mood and a good disposition towards the future. Patients said that their subjective well-being, difficult to express, lasted up to three days after a session.
  • Could induce a state similar to that achieved by meditation.

Bidin L. et al (2016) Feasibility of a trial with Tibetan Singing Bowls, and suggested benefits in metastatic cancer patients. A pilot study in an Italian Oncology Unit European Journal of Integrative Medicine8 (2016) 747–755.

Threshold concepts for educating people about human engagement in occupation: The study of human systems that enable occupation

  • Of special relevance to occupation science is the discovery that this self-awareness network becomes highly active when people are not engaged in other occupations (Damoiseaux & Greicius, 2009). It is seen as a default network, in that it reactivates to give thoughtful time and consideration to personal social and life issues whenever a person’s attention is not required for participation in, for example, a skilful occupation. Strong self-awareness serves adaptation, for it enables people to judge themselves within social situations, and to modify their interpersonal responses moment-by-moment. Humans use their high emotional and cognitive intelligence to modify their social interactions to build collaboration (Goleman, 2006), but this is very demanding on the brain’s resources (Greenfield, 2002). Introspection can activate the social threat response, as being liked seems to be a vital aspect of many interactions (Lieberman, 2013). Diversional and distracting occupations may reduce this demand, increasing the attractiveness of deeply engaging occupations in relation to health.

Sadlo G. (2016) Threshold concepts for educating people about human engagement in occupation: The study of human systems that enable occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, Vol. 23, No. 4, 496–509

Brain Connectivity Networks and the Aesthetic Experience of Music

Listening to music, for its part, has also the potential to alter the connectivity of the brain, and hence it has been phenomenologically linked to the experience of mind-wandering and unfocussed though.

  • Free listening to music showed higher information transmission in the brain network, altering connectivity between auditory brain areas and brain regions for memory and social and emotional consolidation.
  • Accumulating evidence thus indicates that music contributes to human well-being and health, in particular when music listening leads to an aesthetic experience.

Reybrouck, M. Vuust, P. Brattico, E. (2018) Brain Connectivity Networks and the Aesthetic Experience of Music. Brain Sciences8, 107.

Transcriptional Changes in Cancer Cells Induced by Exposure to a Healing Method

Scientists used energy-charged cotton to store healing intention from several self-proclaimed “healers,” and they discovered that, of the cells that were exposed to an electromagnetic recording, 37 genes of the 167 tested showed a statistically significant change compared to the control, and 68 genes showed statistically significant fold changes.

When it was all said and done, the study clearly indicated that there is at least some biological response that has been stimulated by the healer as well as the recording of the healing energy. No matter how small, the effect was there in this study and it has huge implications.

The key takeaway points and conclusions that can be drawn from the study are as follows:

  1. Reproducible biological changes have been induced by healing energy, whether by direct hands-on healing or using a recording of healing activity.

2. Healing intention can be captured and released, thereby potentially allowing the phenomenon to be more widely disseminated.

3. Hands-on delivery of the healing intention is stronger than the recording used in this study, suggesting the possibility that the recording did not fully capture the healing potential.

Beseme, S. et al (2018) Transcriptional Changes in Cancer Cells Induced by Exposure to a Healing Method. Dose-Response: An International Journal July-September 2018:1-8

Or try this easier read:https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/04/30/new-study-finds-changes-in-cancer-cells-when-exposed-to-energy-healing/?fbclid=IwAR0Kk6HHSaEWl5heN5XqPhTOT26mIq89HE7TSsieZCzbm_GD_1dGQUjqdsc

Live Blood Results After a 20 minute Gong Sound Meditation Youtube Video

Cells are shown to separate after the gong session indicating less inflammation and less acidity ‘massive to moderate improvements in participants blood after 20 minutes gong’.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUNqN0G-7Zw

22. Gong Bath Blog

Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 aged 29, she aims to try new experiences and document her experience. She tried a gong bath and wrote a blog about her experience.

“After what felt like ages she brought me back awake gently and I felt relaxed and refreshed when I opened my eyes. Like I’d had a weekend lie-in or a spa day, my normally shaky hands were still and the stiffness in my feet was replaced with tingles. A massive success!”

Full blog post available at:

https://www.thef—itlist.com/blog/gong-bath?fbclid=IwAR3zIm_2OQEUmKr2UHtL9tU3Og3B14xUo-LCyN2V24Wgy2Ei321GS16Jx8Q