First time going for a sound bath and not sure what to do? Here is an outline of what happens, based on most sound baths we have experienced. Note that your experience will vary with the facilitator's style, so walk in with an open mind!
What should I prepare?
Wear comfortable clothes that you can do light stretches in, as some teachers may lead you through a light stretch or gentle movements to release tension before the sound bath. You may want to bring a jacket or shawl for warmth. It would be great to have a water bottle with you as it is recommended for you to drink water after a sound bath. Check with the studio or the facilitator if there are any additional items you need to bring for your sound bath session.
What happens during a sound bath?
A sound bath or sound meditation session can be conducted with any musical instrument. The best instruments would be any instrument that produces an overtone, such as singing bowls and the gong.
The facilitator may start with a guided meditation or simple breathing (pranayama) exercises. Some facilitators may invite you to chant, do so if you are comfortable with chanting.
After that, you will be invited to lie down in a comfortable prone posture, cover up with your jacket/shawl, put on an eye pillow if it is provided by the studio, and simply relax and allow the sound to carry you. The facilitator will signify the end of the sound bath with the sound of a chime or rattle, or a verbal invitation to slowly stir the body back to wakefulness.
Again, we emphasise that every facilitator will have their own unique styles and class structures. We encourage you to go in with an open mind!
What if I fall asleep during a sound bath?
Most people will drift off to sleep as the vibrations lull you into a state of deep relaxation. That's okay! If you fall asleep, it is because the body needs the rest. Go with the flow!
Why should I attend a sound bath?
Quoting Martha Collard of Red Doors Studio : "Gong baths are an excellent remedy for stress related issues, depression, fatigue, addictions, anger and hostility, feelings of fear, separation and loneliness along with many other conditions related to the lack of balance and harmony in the body. In conclusion, a gong bath allows your entire body to relax, renew and rejuvenate."
Will I get wet during a sound bath?
We've heard of people who came for a sound bath in their bathing suits because of the word "bath"! Please be assured you won't be soaking up anything other than the vibrations of the sound instruments. You're unlikely to sweat, as there will be minimal movement during the session.
Is the soundbath related to any specific religion?
Again, it depends on the facilitator. While its history is deeply linked to specific Eastern mystic practices, all sound instruments are neutral tools. Theta Space's facilitators lead their sessions in a non-secular style, unaffiliated with any religion.
I have more questions!
You can check in with your facilitator when you go for your sound meditation session, or send us your question via the comments!