How To Enjoy A Gong Bath: 5 Tips For The Best Experience

June 23rd, 2021

A Gong Bath is an ancient, multi-dimensional form of sound healing that continues to be practised today. Predating the Bronze Age, gongs have been used for meditation, healing, and communication purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The Isbourne has been offering Gong Baths as part of our programme of classes for years and they are always very popular. Our tutors include Tanya and John Carter who offer Gong Baths and Sound Journeys, and also Jo Fellows who offers Crystal Bowl Sound Healing (different instruments but same healing effects!). The gong is known as an instrument of transformational power and it is considered a bath as you are bathed in vibrations from the instruments.

Why A Gong Bath?

Gong Baths are relaxing, calming, refreshing, and immensely helpful in supporting your body and your mind. They help with improving circulation, clearing your body of toxins, bringing down your blood pressure, and increasing your self-awareness and self-love. By combining the physiological benefits with the relaxing factor, you get double the benefit!

You can enjoy a Gong Bath at home by listening to one of the many videos found online, but there really is nothing like going to the real thing. Each gong emits a different frequency that can tune in to the frequency of your own body. The vibrations this produces can help to heal many physical and mental ailments such as stress, trauma and anger issues. At The Isbourne, we offer Gong Baths in an intimate setting. We set up one of our Regency Cheltenham rooms with pillows, blankets and warm, low light, to create a beautifully relaxing atmosphere.

How To Get The Best Experience

There are several things you can do to help you get the most from your Gong Bath experience.

wear comfy clothing

1) Wear comfortable clothing

here is nothing worse than trying to relax in jeans! It's important to choose clothes carefully so there is no physical restrictions on your body. While you lay back or sit back enjoying the sounds of the gongs, your body temperature will lower. So be sure to bring a jumper and socks so you can stay warm.

breathe deeply

2) Take several deep breaths

Before you enter the room, take a moment to yourself to breathe deeply. Try to breathe out all of the stresses and strains of the day. So you can enter the space in the best mindset possible.

arrive with intention

3) Arrive with intention

Our days can easily get away from us with the busyness of life. Try to leave the day at the door and enter the space with the intention of taking care of you. This is your time, be present and enjoy!

come with no expectations

4) Come with no expectations

Try not to expect too much or too little from your Gong Bath eath experience. The more pressure you put on the experience to change your life, the more disappointed you will be. Equally, if you come with the idea that Gong Baths are bogus, you won't enjoy it! Like any alternative therapy, the experience will only 'work' if you allow yourself to be open.

drink water

5) Rehydrate

Once you've finished your experience, always try to drink plenty of water. It's always a good idea to rehydrate after any alternative therapy as your mind and body has been through a changing experience. Water is equally healing so keep yourself hydrated at all times!


Gong Baths are a fantastic way to experience some deep relaxation. The more you go, the more you'll reap the benefits. Through gong baths and other methods of relaxation, we also get an opportunity to recharge our batteries, connect to our souls, and unplug from technology. Though we might not consciously think about it, these practices allow us to connect with ourselves, our emotions, and our spiritual essence.