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Gong Sound Therapy, AcuGong, Breathing Training

Gong Sound Therapy?

Gong Sound Baths, where sound of the Gongs bathe over you to induce a profound state of rest in the mind and body, known as Delta Wave activity. So how do the gongs induce their relaxing effects on the mind and body? What exactly is happening? The process is called neural entrainment: this denotes how the aggregate oscillation frequency, resulting from synchronous electrical activity among ensembles of cortical neurons, can adjust to synchronize with the periodic vibration of an external stimulus, such as a sustained acoustic frequency perceived as pitch or tone, a regularly repeating pattern of intermittent sounds perceived as rhythm, in this case the tones, overtones and harmonics of the gongs. The gongs reduces stress and relaxes the mind and body.

As important as food, movement and activity are for our bodies, so too are silence and stillness for our minds. There is a misconception that we are resting our minds when sleeping, this is untrue however, as the unconscious mind busily works to process events and images to make sense of our day. If we improve the quality of how well we rest our minds, we improve how well we adapt to life physically and emotionally. Jarvia provides 1:1 Gong Sound Baths or group Gong Baths. Her public drop in event is called Resonant Respite.

Don’t worry if you’re too tired/stressed/depressed to ever get close to meditating, just come and lie down, get comfortable and the gongs will do the rest by inducing a profound state of mental and physical rest. The level of physiological rest that Delta wave gives you reduces levels of stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol.

We know the brain is being stimulated by sound. But what then? When the brain is given a stimulus, through the ears, eyes or other senses, it emits an electrical charge in response, called a Cortical Evoked Response. Brainwave Entrainment refers to the brain's electrical response to rhythmic sensory stimulation, such as sound or light. Entrainment is a principle of physics. It is defined as the synchronization of two or more rhythmic cycles. The principles of entrainment appear in chemistry, neurology, biology, pharmacology, medicine, astronomy and more. The 2 hemispheres of the brain are each vibrating at their own frequency. Hemispheric synchronization is the generally desired result of brainwave entrainment and refers to a state when the brainwave pattern of the right and left hemispheres become alike. A person with similar activity in both hemispheres is alleged to be happier, more optimistic, more emotionally stable and less prone to mental illness. Increased levels of synchronization are found naturally in people who meditate regularly and people who are very content with their lives in general.

Jarvia completed her Gong Master Training in 2014 at Tone of Life and trained in the tradition of Yogi Bajan, under his former student Great Gong Master Don Conreaux, as well as being taught by expert musicologist and shaman Esteban Valdivia and Gong players Tom Soltron and Abby Del Sol.

What is AcuGong?

AcuGong is the combined treatment of Acupuncture and Gong Sound Therapy. Both therapies aim to relax the mind and body in a number of ways. Acupuncture needles are inserted into different points and the patient is then bathed in relaxing sound frequencies from the gongs. I provide 1:1 AcuGong Therapy to reduce stress by inducing a profound state of relaxation for the mind and body.

What are Breathing Techniques?

I have a special interest in breathing, the breath being that bridge connecting body and mind. Breathing dysfunction patterns have been demonstrated to predispose to more than 220 chronic conditions. Efficient breathing patterns, exercises and meditation can positively transform many of these conditions and improved ventilation has been shown to help with anxiety and stress.