This is one of the questions I am asked most frequently...
I experienced my first Gong bath back in 2012 while visiting my brother and his wife in Edinburgh. My sister in law told me about 'this lady that does cool things with gongs' and invited me along. Always happy to give something a go and mildly amused, I agreed to accompany her.
We went to the lady's house and were invited into a little room filled with gongs, singing bowls and percussion instruments. It was like walking into a church or sacred space of sorts and it took my breath away. She explained what was going to happen as she tucked us up with blankets in reclining chairs and then began to weave a spell of sound around us.....
lt completely blew me away ~ I felt physical sensations, saw colours and images in my mind’s eye, I even left my body and felt like I was floating in a timeless space. I felt like all my stresses, exhaustion, aches and pains had disappeared. What the what?? How is that even possible?? I was foxed and a bit euphoric, giggling on the bus all the way home!
At the time I was a teaching in the NHS
... and juggling family life with three sons. I became obsessed with researching how on earth sound could make me react in such a way and after some time, much reading and a few visits to Edinburgh and gong baths later, I decided to study with the College of Sound Healing (CoSH). A few years later I qualified as a Sound and Gong Practitioner (2015) after much travelling up and down the country, countless case studies, and experimenting on my NHS workmates in lunch times, dissertations and an exam. Looking back at how busy life was then, I honestly have no idea how I managed to study, work and keep the family going, but somehow it just worked. Later I took a big deep breath and left the NHS to work as a self employed Sound Therapist full time in 2016.
Going to a Gong Bath?
Fantastic, dive in! Its brilliant to see how all the different Sound Practitioners work, but please, please ask the question 'Where did you do your training?' Anyone working with sound will be more than happy to talk about their training, because the training itself is so life changing!
I get a bit cross when I hear about people setting up sound baths having just bought a gong after a trip to India or they did a 'weekend course' or even worse 'online learning' in sound therapy.
It's also important to know that you are in the hands of a properly qualified person, because sound is extremely powerful. You wouldn't go to a beautician, a yoga teacher or a medical professional who was self taught, or had done an online course, I'm sure!! From my perspective it's also about respecting the people that come to me and the Instruments and the Craft itself.
What qualifications do I have?
I trained through;
~ The College of Sound Healing (as a Sound Healing and Gong Practitioner)
~ The Biofield Tuning Foundation, (as a Biofield Tuning Practitioner)
~ The United Spiritual Healers (Energy Healing Practitioner)
~ Bangor University (Teacher Training 1 Mindfulness)
~ Kew Academy (Past life Regression Therapist)
I also have a BA Joint Hons Degree in German and Russian and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Where do you find me?
I serve the people of North Wales with my sound and energy practice on a face to face basis. The pandemic has helped me to re-invent how I work and after a steep learning curve in all things technological, I have been able to deliver Gong baths, Past Life Regression and Biofield Tuning distantly from my little studio in the hills, to all over the UK, Europe and Australia.
What are my offerings?
I offer two weekly sessions over Zoom on Wednesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 9am
The schedule for group sessions, retreats and private treatments varies every week. Check out the website for all the information www.puresound.org.uk/events
For more Information...
Please contact Steph Healy on
07534 118899 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
You can find out more about healing through sound on;
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