Wow, we woke up this morning to a great article in the New York Times about Gong Baths making the move from "Metaphysical to Mainstream"
This is such a great affirmation of our beliefs as we've been hosting Gong Baths for years and it's always refreshing to see that we're not alone in the Gong Universe!
|Gong Masters Nick and Jim Pavoldi, Saratoga Springs, NY Roosevelt II Spa|
Excerpts from Sohpia's Kercher's New York Times Article
(please read the entire article by clicking HERE)
Once found only at New Age retreats or the white-domed Integratron in the Mojave Desert, sound baths are now offered all over Southern California. Celebrities such as Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne and Robert Trujillo of Metallica have participated. Sound healers, sometimes called “sounders,” say the vibrations can relax brain-wave patterns, lower heart rate, reduce stress and pain, relieve anxiety and sometimes help with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a psychiatry professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Geffen School of Medicine at U.C.L.A., and a Kundalini yoga instructor, has practiced sound meditation for 11 years, using it for older adults with memory problems, among others.
She said that participants will often fall into a state of profound relaxation and wake up refreshed. “Deep mental and physical relaxation would decrease sympathetic and will increase parasympathetic autonomic nervous system tone and response, thus decreasing stress response,”
It's exciting to see Gong Bath's going mainstream, especially considering some of our recent decisions to house a number of our Gong's at Nick's new Bodywork Professionals office on Spring Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. We've dedicated an entire room to massage and Structural Integration simultaneously with the Gongs.
|Gong Lab at Bodywork Professionals massage in Saratoga Springs, NY|
We are preparing now for a Gong Bath in the Saratoga Springs Spa State Park at the Roosevelt II baths. This amazing building has the potential to be destination for sound healing events in New York and is being rehabilitated by the Coesa crew who is dedicating their energy to rehabilitate this wonderful building. We went for a visit last weekend to prepare for a fundraiser on August 23rd at 10am.
Jamie Rock, of JRockVision got some video of our rehearsal last weekend:
See you soon!