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Gong Bath and Healing Journey


Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using Therapeutic Gong Sounds and vibrations to bring about Healing.

This practice is also sometimes referred to as a “Gong Bath” because participants are “bathed” in meditation Gong Sound waves. The goal of “Gong Meditation” is usually therapeutic, whereas mindfulness meditation has many therapeutic benefits, but its deeper goal is awareness and non-judgmental appreciation of the present moment.


Sound Therapy has long been used to manage a broad range of health conditions. The treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.


Mosts people who participate in Gong Baths are lying down on meditation mats. Add a pillow and a blanket and all you’ll need to do is rest in a comfortable position, relax and close your eyes. Your instructor will guide you through the session. Initially, the Gong is played very softly; as the meditation session progresses, the volume is gradually increased.

Since the purpose of the meditation Gong Sound is Healing, the volume is never upped to uncomfortable levels. The Gong Sound is changed frequently to avoid producing a fixed, monotonous rhythm. The auditory stimuli of the Gong Bath process lead to entrainment, a form of beneficially modified brainwave frequencies. The first brainwave state to be reached is alpha, which is defined by frequencies between 8 and 12 Hz. Alpha brainwaves are associated with creativity and feelings of relaxation. In this state, people experience daydreams, associative thinking and an animated imagination. This state is quickly followed by an influx of theta brainwaves, which fall between 4 and 7 Hz. Normally, the theta brainwave state is associated with deep meditation, hypnosis and REM sleep.


Gong sound therapy has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, enthusiasts believe that gong baths can help reduce stress and liberate emotional blockages. Scientific evidence suggests that certain forms of sound therapy prompt damaged human DNA strands to repair themselves. Some tones are thought to promote vitality and healing, and also to enhance happiness. Many alternative healthcare clinics offer sound therapies such as gong meditation to help manage various ailments.


Other forms of Sound Therapy include tuning forks Tibetan singing meditation bowls. Music therapy is arguably the most mainstream form of sound therapy, and many music therapists are board certified. Music has been shown to relieve a number of problems, including pain, loneliness and depression. Music therapy is now frequently offered in clinical settings such as hospitals, clinics, and hospice.





A combination of Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra techniques by the Satyananda’s System are performed in each Session.






Elina Kourtali

RYT Yoga Alliance USA





Biblography


Peter, Whitehart. Gong Bath in a Nut Shell. Retrieved from http://www.sound-gong-bath.co.uk/gong-bath-nut-shell


Images


All images are shot at Aparments ROI, Assos, Kefalonia, Greece

www.apartmentsroi.com


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By Elina Kourtali

Flower Bodies Flowing Souls was created to bring contact, joy, connection and healing of every body and soul with the flow of harmony like that of a blooming flower.

Elina Kourtali, founder of Flower Bodies Flowing Souls, first came in contact with the concept of self-concentration, expression and body awareness in 2003, according to dance technique Butoh.

 

She then investigated the importance of awareness, in various body positions based on breathing patterns, the technique of visualisation as the first step to the meditative stage, and the therapeutic effect of yoga according to the Santyananda system (2011).

 

Traveling to Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand (2016-2017) was a milestone in her practice since she was particularly focused on sound healing based on Tibetan Meditative Bowls and the Gong.

 

In need for further deepening her practice, she attended the integrated program of yoga teacher training (2018) and the neurolinguistic-programming NLP.

 

She has also studied the effect of the 5 elements of nature and the the correlation within the body (Tattwa Shuddhi). She has also been initiated to the second degree of Reiki by Mikao Usui and the healing technique of Munai Ki, 2019.

 

She is interested in the free movement of the body, somatics and the 5 Rhythms Dance. She has attended static and dynamic meditation training, Yoga Nidra, Tibetan Meditation and Nada Yoga.

 

She attends trainings based on female nature, such as Multidimensional Womb Healing, Pre-Post Natal Yoga, 8th Womb Gateway Rose Initiation and shares the techniques with care and respect in women's circles.

 

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