I discovered the gong in 2015 at a group gongbath session I attended at a yoga studio. I was pleasantly surprised by the shift I experienced during the session because I was dealing with heavy energy at the time. I immediately knew I was going to integrate it into my work with the transformational practices.
What was even more interesting to me, however, were the changes I witnessed with my daughter who was suffering with multiple serious health issues surrounding her long-standing opioid addiction. Having a gong at home during a period of great chaos and crisis showed me just how it works to facilitate change at the emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual levels.
I witnessed over and over with her, and my other clients, how each session (typically 45 minutes) created a noticeable acceleration of healing – particularly when an actual issue was present… emotional, psychological or physical. Over time with ongoing sessions, deep transformation and healing of more serious issues is possible.
My book Gong Consciousness: Self-Healing Through the Power of Sound can help any willing individual buy and use a gong for healing in the home, the workplace environment, and for healing practitioners using other modalities.
Here are some of the issues treated with gong sound healing: Anxiety, depression, a range of emotional issues, eating disorder, ovarian cysts and tumour, fibro-fatty nodules, lumps from varicose veins, addictions, stress, sciatica, carpal tunnel, insomnia, physical pain, injury and inflammation, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, hearing and eyesight problems, and more.
Obviously in my work as a therapist over 20 years, my emphasis has been helping people with emotional and psychological issues. What was most interesting with my gong work was the physical changes I observed. The gong sound wave infusion into the body is physical because sound waves are physical and effect cellular change.
With 4 months of daily gonging (1-2 hours) a host of ovarian cysts were re-absorbed back into the body.
After 7 months of daily gonging (1-2 hours) the ovarian tumour broke apart and was released.
After 10 weeks of gonging (4 x a week of 45 minutes) some painful fibro-fatty nodules in the lower back were released.
After a near-fatal blood infection, one 45 minute session instantly brought down the inflammation so the individual could feel her limbs again that had gone numb.
Those who have their own gong have reported surprising results and pain relief for tinnitus, fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel with regular use.
”My work has involved facilitating positive change at the emotional, psychological and spiritual levels of human expression. Being witness to what the gong can also do at the physical level is astounding to me, as I immediately see how it puts so much healing potential into the hands of any willing individual who might want to get one for self-healing at home.Jain
My book Gong Consciousness: Self-healing Through the Power of Sound includes this research and how I use the transformational practices with the gong for personal growth. The book can help get anyone with no prior knowledge of healing get up and running with a gong in the home, workplace or in a clinical healing environment, and get results with it.
The book is also available in Spanish and will soon be translated into Italian and Chinese.
The Ancient Gong
It is believed that the gong has been around for several thousand years. It originated in China and spread throughout Southeast Asia. It was used to communicate at great distances, was acknowledged for its natural healing powers, and has been used as a ceremonial tool to mark auspicious occasions. Today, it’s emphasis is around gong sound healing, and gong performance/concerts.
It is said that the most skilled gong-makers must study and practice the art of gong-making as an apprentice for up to 8 years to learn the precision required to make a high-quality gong sound instrument. The process is very exact and each gong is literally hammered into existence. This level of craftsmanship is most notably centred in Germany where most of the world’s well known gong-makers are based.
For healing purposes, I recommend a gong no less than 28”. However, at 32”or larger, the gong becomes much more powerful and easier to play – for those who are serious about gong sound healing in the home, workplace and for healing practitioners. For focused gong sound healing therapy I recommend gongs from the Planetary Series and other tuned gongs, as well as Symphonic Gongs, Sound Creation Gongs (all of these made from an alloy known as alpaca silver), and the less expensive Chau Gong (made with an alloy of cast bronze, copper, and iron).
Gong-maker and sound healing practitioner from Uruguay, Gustavo Martinez, became interested in sound healing to help his son, who has autism. Gustavo has been working with metal for many years and was drawn to applying his expertise, and study of art and design, to making high-quality gongs. As an artist he was drawn to working with alpaca silver as well as iron for crafting gongs that look and sound beautiful, many of which are presented throughout this website.
“My introduction to sound healing began with Tibetan bowls, then I discovered the gongs and their unique healing properties. In my country Uruguay at the time, the gongs were not readily available, and were quite expensive to buy and import. My knowledge of metals and creative spirit led me to make gongs that are beautiful to look at and pleasing to experience. Today I make gongs with four types of metals, with different techniques.”Gustavo Martinez