Gong sound healing meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using calming gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing. This practice is sometimes known as gong bath as you are bathed in the gong sound waves. A gong meditation is thought to be therapeutic.
The gong practitioner will guide you through the session. Initially the gong is played softly, as the session progresses the volume is gradually increased. The gong sound is changed frequently to avoid producing a fixed, monotonous rhythm. The auditory stimuli or the gong bath process lead to entrainment, modified brainwave frequencies. As you relax into the gong bath the brainwaves states are reached, the first is alpha, which is defined by frequencies between 8 and 12Hz. Alpha brainwaves are associated with creativity and feelings of relaxation. When in this state, people often experience daydreams and animated imagination. The next brainwave stated is Theta brainwaves, which fall between 4 and 7 Hz. This level of brainwave activity is associated with deep meditation, hypnosis and REM sleep.