The gong has therapeutic potential and balances the body and mind

Paulo Henrique associates the gong with psychotherapeutic care | Photo: Luciana Borges/Disclosure

Sound heals. This is shown by numerous surveys carried out around the world. But the ancients already knew that. China, the Himalayas, Nepal, India and Tibet, Japan and Greece used the gong as a therapeutic, curative and ritual instrument. Supposedly, they date back to the Bronze Age, i.e. approximately from 3000 BC to 2000 BC

The English percussionist James Blades (1901-1999) wrote in his book on percussion that the first written mention of the gong dates back to the 6th century in China, during the reign of Emperor Hsuan Wu (500-516). However, some ethnomusicologists attribute the origin of the gong to ancient Greece, from where it would have spread to India with Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. In the 6th century BC, Gautama Buddha recognized the sound of the gong as an exceptionally powerful tool. in meditation and the transformation of consciousness.

“Right now everything in nature is vibrating, from animate to inanimate beings, each at its own unique resonant frequency. Every organ, bone and cell in the body has its own resonant frequency. Together they form a frequency like the instruments of an orchestra. When an organ of the body is out of tune, it affects its entire system”, comments Paulo Henrique Gomes da Silva, sound therapist.

He worked as a professional musician before yoga and in the tradition of kundalini yoga he found the possibility of maintaining inner work and transforming his musical production through the use of the gong, creating a method for sessions and sessions with the therapeutic gong and training courses for new players, covering several cities in Brazil.

The gong is a great ally in the psychotherapeutic process. “It is a powerful resource, as it strengthens the contact with the body-mind, the quality of presence and the balance of the spirit.

Thanks to the principle of resonance, it is possible to use the sound of the gong to help reorganize the nervous system, in particular the parasympathetic system, the one that controls our relaxation”, teaches Paulo Henrique Gomes da Silva.

The work with the therapeutic gong is systemic. “The whole is different from the sum of the parts. There is no focus on anything specific. The adjustment takes place by contemplating the whole system of the person. It is an integrative practice, increasing care and help to meet the demands of the psychotherapeutic process,” explains the sound therapist.

The sessions take place at separate times of the psychotherapy and last one hour, the gong being played for 30 minutes, in individual and collective sessions. At the end, there is a sharing, in which everyone tells how they feel after the “sound bath”.

SERVICE: The therapist is providing virtual and face-to-face assistance in Belo Horizonte and is already receiving registrations for the training camp for new players, which is expected to take place in April or May. Information: (31) 99107-5694 (WhatsApp)

Sound reverberates in human cells

Sound therapist Paulo Henrique Gomes da Silva reveals that “the interaction between sound and cell is a recurring theme and much studied in recent times, to the detriment of human responses to sound, which is a very complex process. Some studies suggest that the response to sound is not only limited to emotion, but also affects the smallest structure of the living mechanism, such as the cell. The sound will vibrate in human cells at a certain frequency and will resonate in both the auditory system and the human somatic system.”

In practice, the explanation is simple. “Have you noticed what we feel when we come into contact with the sound of birdsong or the ocean, which are the sounds of nature with low frequencies? Thus, it is possible to think that all organisms can be affected by sound in their cellular depth, whether they are welcoming or not. A badly played gong can cause major disturbances in a person’s system,” Gomes points out. (DEA)

Vibrations affect bodily functions

Gongs are mostly made from 70% to 80% copper and 20% to 30% tin. Certain other metals may also be added, such as zinc, nickel, lead and iron. Higher quality gongs contain more copper, lower quality gongs contain more tin.

“Binaural tones promote relaxation, meditation and the treatment of various physical and mental disorders. The chosen frequencies affect the individual centers of the brain, increasing creativity, communication and concentration. The continuous waves of tones produced by the gong create a total fullness of sound. The metal in the gong converts sound into vibrational energy, which is stored internally. The vibrations produced by the instrument strongly influence bodily functions due to the acoustic phenomenon of ‘forced resonance’”, concludes the therapist. (DEA).

benefits of gong

Indicated for the thought of ruminants;

Regulates the nervous system, especially the parasympathetic;

Improves the rhythm of sleep;

Improves concentration and memory;

Improves the level of cortisol and adrenaline;

Improves exteroception, interoception and proprioception.

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