Personally, the Gong for me is the tool that makes a sound bath or a sound therapy session complete. It is powerful, profound, transformational… Gongs change time and locality, and provide the entry point to recovery, self-recovery, even pulling an individual back from “the edge” and create a different platform for their existence.

The gong is the musical instrument with the greatest and longest echo known so far to humans. It’s unpredictable to the human mind, with an unprecedented sound, organic development, and natural beauty when it is well played.  While trying to interpret and understand the incomparable sound of the gong, the human mind focuses and centres so easily that the train of thoughts stops with almost no effort, and a sound meditative state of great therapeutic value is induced to the listener, in a few seconds just after the gong is first heard!

Furthermore, when metal is being “excited”, electrons become highly charged electromagnetically and form a field of Plasmon, with the listener becoming part of that plasma field. Participants become electromagnetically charged in a positive, benevolent and holistic fashion.

Metal is the only material known where the electrons leave their atoms and join other atoms, and when the vibrational activity of the gong ends, the electrons ‘go back’ to their original atoms and the energy field collapses.

The Gong is a psycho-acoustic gateway to heightened states of awareness and consciousness. It is an ideal tool for stress reduction, stimulation of the glandular system, and to break up emotional blockages. When skillfully played, gongs stimulate and resonate all cells in the human body simultaneously and recalibrate the parasympathetic nervous system.

In 2012 Richard Rudis published two videos filming human blood samples before and after a gong therapy session.  What he observed was a remarkable healing transformation that took place affecting the red and white blood cells, T- cells and platelets. The blood terrain opened up enhancing the flow of oxygen and nutrients; red blood cells were less congested and the energy potential of the cell increased.

The immune system was incredibly stimulated and white blood cells were much more active, larger, brighter, and inflammation indicators decreased. The number of damaged cells from possible parasitical damage decreased from 70% down to around 30%.

Convinced to join a Gong Bath?  Join me Thursday 31st October, for a journey of self-discovery with the gong!

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Five reasons you should be taking the KG hypnobirthing course

Knowledge IS Power

Nobody knows what your birth is going to look like (unless you really are friends with someone with a crystal ball), but KG Hypnobirthing will help you to thoroughly prepare for your baby’s birth. By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how your amazing body will work during labour and how you can best support it;
  • Have a range of techniques that you can use to stay calm and relaxed;
  • Understand some of the key procedures and policies in UAE hospitals and how these can affect your birth;
  • Learn how to question your medical team to make sure they are the best team for you and to get the information that you need about your pregnancy and birth;
  • Know what to expect during a normal delivery.


It is for ALL mums and ALL births

A common misconception is that Hypnobirthing is a way of giving birth. The most commonly held belief is that it has to be natural, with no drugs, preferably in a pool surrounded by candles and probably with butterflies and unicorns in attendance.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The KG Hypnobirthing course will provide you with a collection of tools, techniques, and knowledge that you can use to support you in ANY type of birth, whether that is a natural birth, planned c-section, unplanned c-section, VBAC, birth with drugs, birth without drugs…the list is endless.

Dads play an active role

From the very first session of the KG Hypnobirthing course onwards, your husband will be able to play a key supporting role in the rest of your pregnancy and birth. He will learn how to read short relaxation scripts to you that will help you to feel calm and relaxed, and at the same time enable him to communicate with your baby in a purposeful way.

Both before and during the birth, he will be your bodyguard, answering any questions from the medical team and acting as your advocate when necessary.

During the birth he will be on hand to provide emotional and physical support: offering gentle light touch massage when required; reading relaxation scripts; supporting you with your breathing and making sure you stay well-fed and hydrated.

Most importantly he will have a better understanding of what is likely to happen during the labour and birth, which means he will be less likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed.

If Dad is feeling a little skeptical about taking the course, encourage him to watch this video in which a KG Hypnobirthing dad talks about his experience – Hypnobirthing – A Father’s View

Learn the skills and techniques that you will use for the rest of your life

During the course, you will learn a variety of techniques that will help you to enter a deeply relaxed state when in labour. The good news is that these can be applied to any situation which you find causes you stress or anxiety, or where you are concerned about feeling pain; whether it is a trip to the dentist, a job interview, helping your child cope with vaccinations or preparing for exams. By understanding how to use the techniques and why they work, you will be able to help others around you as well.

Start building your village

Giving birth in a country that we have repatriated to can be a daunting experience, particularly when we are so far away from our family and friends. Taking part in the KG Hypnobirthing course at Bodytree Studio, will give you the opportunity to meet other mummies and daddies-to-be. You will find that you make friendships that will last far beyond the arrival of your little ones.

Still not sure if KG Hypnobirthing is for you? Drop us a line! Tonya is happy to meet up with mums-to-be to chat about the course and how it might work for you.

Book the course here

1. Wearing a baby is convenient.

When we carry a baby in a sling, we can walk around freely and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a stroller. Plastic “baby buckets” and removable car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding a distractible baby, and it allows for discreet nursing in public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad, blanket, or cushion when away from home. I’ve found my sling especially handy when negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!

2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.

When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes – walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance. The sling is, in essence, a “transitional womb” for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not1. Mechanical swings and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.

3. Babies worn in slings are happier.

Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss2. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day – in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby’s developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones.Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close.

4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!

It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and “weightlifting”. A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.

5. Toddlers appreciate the security of the sling.

Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be very useful for toddlers as well; most slings accommodate children up to 35 or 40 pounds. The world can be a scary place for toddlers, who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and comfort them before (or after!) a “melt-down” occurs. It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or museum, where a small child in a stroller would miss many of the exhibits.

6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other.

The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby’s cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to distinguish their baby’s cries – because their babies are able to communicate effectively without crying! Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.

7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers.

Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby’s life. It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers don’t have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes with gestation, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make up for this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters, grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

8. Slings are a safe place for a child to be.

Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.

9. Slings are economical.

Slings cost far less than strollers, front-carriers or backpacks. Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful and economical possessions. Inexpensive used slings can be found in consignment and thrift stores, and new ones can be bought for about $25 -$50 (U.S.) – not bad for an item many parents use daily for two years or more! A sling can also be sewn for the price of a length of cotton, some rings, and batting; sling patterns are available.

10. Baby-wearing is fun.

Who doesn’t love to cuddle a precious little baby? And when your baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations easier and allows you to observe her reactions to the wonders of the world around her. It’s also fun for baby because when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life when she is in her sling, and you will find yourself becoming more and more enchanted with this special little person.

by Laura Simeon, MA, MLIS