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  • Writer's pictureGemma Horne

Gong Bath! What Should I Expect?

Gong Bath is a new and exciting monthly class here in the Hever Health studio. What do you need to know to get the most out of your session?

New experiences can be challenging so it makes sense to understand

what you are letting yourself in for. Knowing what to expect is reassuring.

So, before you come along to a Gong Bath here are a few handy tips to

improve your experience. My aim is for you to arrive relaxed and calm

with everything you need and for you to have a clear idea of what to


The Venue

The Gong Bath will take place in a warm, inviting space with plenty of

room to spread out - the studio at Hever Health is large, airy and comfortable. Parking is

available and is free of charge, my first question when attending any event. The Gongs,

Himalayan Bowls (Singing Bowls or Tibetan bowls) and Crystal Bowls will

be in place at the front of the studio. I usually have 4 or 6 Gongs,

to suit the size of the venue.

Before Arrival

Eat a light breakfast, lunch, or snack. Leave plenty of time for your

journey and aim to arrive a good 10 minutes before the event is due to

start. Comfort is so important so please check you have packed

everything you need for the Gong Bath.

• Yoga mat or if possible, something thicker. One lady brings a

memory foam topper (single bed size).

• A blanket not only keeps you warm but cocoons you and it

feels nurturing and cosy.

• A small pillow or cushion is an absolute must to support your


• A rolled-up towel placed under your knees is essential to

support your back.

• Bring an eye mask if you prefer to exclude light.

• Wear relaxed clothing.

• Water bottle – you will be thirsty at the end of the session.

On Arrival

Choose where you set up your mat and get comfortable. It’s good to chat,

relax, settle down and acclimatise to your surroundings. Switch off mobile

phones and any electronic devices and go to the loo. This is a good time

to ask questions if you are unsure about anything. Feel free to come and

have a closer look at the instruments before the session starts.

During The Session

New experiences are so important for personal growth, brain health and

wellbeing. If this is your first time, treat this as an adventure with child-

like curiosity. If you have been to a session before do not expect the

same experience. Every session will be different according to what your

body needs at the time. You will have a different response to other

participants in the room and that is ok. You are unique and although

responses may be similar, they will be different.

I always start a session by introducing the instruments. You will hear the

sounds and see how the instruments are played. This will stop the

temptation to ‘peek’ during the session. I will follow this by talking you

through a scan of the body to notice and release areas of tension.

Once the Gong Bath is underway your mind will still chatter, just as it

does when you meditate, and that’s fine. The way to deal with it is to be

aware of it but not get caught up in the ‘conversation’. You will drift in

and out of awareness and lose a sense of time. You might fall asleep if

you are very tired; your body will still absorb the sounds and you will not

miss out. Keep your eyes closed so that you stay deeply relaxed.

Unexpected noises inside or outside the room need not be distracting.

Notice them and then come back to the breath and the sounds of the

instruments. Let them pass without judgement or irritation. Gong Baths

take place in a live environment not a soundproof box.

After The Session

Allow time after the Gong Bath to come back to full wakefulness. Check

you are grounded before you leave the room - take your time, drink water

and chat. You can ask questions or share your experiences with the

group, your next-door neighbour or individually with me.

The benefits of the Gong bath will continue for the next few days. These

may include relief from pain, better sleep, feeling energised, positive, and

a sense of wellbeing. Sometimes people experience the release of

emotions and may burst into tears for no apparent reason. Others may

become aware of solutions to problems and make changes in their lives.

People often comment that they feel reset and balanced.

Look after yourself. Spend time in nature walking or gardening, rest and

relax. Your body may be adjusting to a different way of being. Drink

more water than usual to flush your system and eat nourishing food.

If you have any questions or would like to book a place on the next session you can contact

me by email: or text 07803 015578

Further information is available at

All events are also listed on my personal website.

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