Sound Healing Research and Advocacy

Karambir Singh Khalsa Gong Meditation Southwest Utah
Karambir Singh Khalsa hosting a gong meditation at Zen Health and Wellness Spa in La Verkin, Utah

Gong Tones advocates and facilitates scientific research to study the therapeutic use of sound healing techniques for mental health and well being. We are committed to expanding the body of evidence supporting sound healing and related modalities such as music therapy, vibroacoustic therapy, and low frequency sound stimulation as adjunct treatments for clinical mental health diagnoses. Our immediate goal is to add the practice known as gong meditation (also gong bath, gong wash) to the list of evidence-based treatments for anxiety.

With the focus in Silicon Valley on the manufacture and sales of biotech devices to hack one’s consciousness, it easy to lose sight of the existing tools through which to achieve similar results. In short, the drive to create profit blinds some of the brightest minds to the incredible potential of sound to heal without harmful side effects that both pharmaceuticals and electronic devices can cause. Some sound healing techniques have been used for centuries to promote good health and well being without side effects such as addiction and sleep dysfunction which are often caused by psychoactive medications. Our focus is on using a combination of established outcome measures and cutting edge research technology to study existing tools which may provide therapeutic benefits to individuals dealing with mental health issues with no harm to those being treated..

We are currently collecting data for the following sound healing research studies:
* Experimental Sound Study for neten, inc. of Japan
* Dissertation research studying gong meditation for anxiety
The current studies originally involved face-to-face interaction between the researcher and participants and were halted due to COVID-19. Both studies were subsequently redesigned to minimize risk of transmitting COVID-19 and now make use of modern technology to replace in-person interaction.

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As a newly-formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are dependent on individual contributions to fund our day-to-day operations. Small contributions go a long way towards helping us to reach our goals which include establishing a sound healing research lab.

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Individual Sound Healing Sessions

Karambir Individual Sound Healing Session
Karambir Singh Khalsa during an individual sound healing session

Individual sound healing sessions include gongs, singing bowls, bells, as well as other sound and energy healing tools and techniques. The combination of sounds, particularly those lacking distinct harmony and melody may cause one’s cognitive processes and ego function to become distracted, making space for deeper subconscious processing to take place. Some research suggests that gongs can induce altered states of consciousness (ASCs). One hypothesis we hope to explore in a future study is whether sound healing induces gestalt-like vignettes where something arises from the background of one’s consciousness, is processed, and gradually recedes once again into the background only to make space for something else.
 
Suggested donation for sound healing sessions (sliding scale):
Individual
– $100 for 60 minutes>
– $150 for 90 minutes
Couples
– $150 for 60 minutes
– $200 for 90 minutes
Groups
– please contact us for details

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Sound Healing Gong Bath Meditation

Sound Healing Gong Bath Meditation
Karambir Singh Khalsa plays a 50″ Paiste symphonic gong

There are many names to describe this experience including gong bath, gong meditation, gong wash, sound healing, sound bath. Participants relax lying down, reclining, or seated while the practitioner creates a soundscape using a variety of sound healing tools such as: gongs, singing bowls, crystal bowls, didgeridoo, bells, voice, and recorded music. While meditative in nature, it is not a focused meditative practice. The practitioner begins with a mindfulness meditation technique known as labeling which may deepen participant experiences and then gently transitions to the use of sound healing tools. Sound healing has been shown to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (i.e., lower one’s breathing and pulse, lower electrodermal activity, lower cortisol and norepinephrine) and stimulate the alpha and theta bands in the brain (the alpha band is associated with emotional activity and the theta band is associated with cognition and worry), the combination of which referred to as the alpha-theta bridge can result in deeper emotional healing. We hope to provide clinical data on the specific effects in a future research study. For now, why not judge for yourself!

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