Here are a few recent quotes from participants at my Gong Spa and at Group Gong Baths that I have put on at venues in and around Manchester:
“The first time I attended one of Martyn’s gong spas it was on a bit of a whim, something being offered by Mula Yoga studio where I am a member and a frequent attendee, something that sounded interesting and a bit different but I didn’t really know what to expect.
The result was a stillness I can honestly say I have never physically felt before and it was and incredibly peaceful feeling.
I suffer, if that is the right word, from familial tremors. It doesn’t cause me pain or any degree of difficulty, though I am told it can worsen past 50, but basically I am perpetually a bit shaky. My hands are unsteady when at rest and I often experience a feeling of instability across my shoulders and chest, a bit like restless leg but in the wrong place, which worsens with anxiety, stress, adrenaline etc as it does with anyone. The difference for me, I guess, is that is never completely goes away.
This feeling of unrest connects intrinsically, of course, to my emotional state and I wear my feelings very much on the surface ( in my opinion as a direct result)
When attending the gong spa I could actively feel the air’s vibration both around me and within. This is something I sort of expected with the impact of the gongs and it seemed very logical. I have since learned it is not necessarily everyone’s experience; which was interesting to hear. As the intensity of the bath heightened I could feel that familiar sensation of jitters spread out through my body as the vibration washed over me and filled the room.
What was bizarre was what happened when the bath ended. With the gradual decrease of the gongs the vibrations slowed both externally and, more surprisingly, internally and as the silence fell that feeling on internal instability settled too. For around an hour after event I experienced a level of stillness I have never been able to settle into before and am very grateful for.
My shakes are not something that bother me or that I am actively trying to get rid of, but in a crazy modern world finding some stillness for a short time is a rather wonderful gift. Thank you Martyn.” J, Burscough.
“If you’ve never been immersed in the sound of the gong then you have missed out. I was very curious when my friend suggested that we went to a gong spa but I am utterly delighted that I did. A fully immersive experience of beautiful relaxing sound. I felt so relaxed after it, i felt like I’d been on holiday for a week! The vibrations and gentle sounds really earthed me and gave me time in my busy life for an hour of just being and breathing and letting the gong do it’s magic. Wonderful, thanks again Martyn, I am hooked!” F, Chorlton
“After my last session I spent the rest of the day feeling like a bohemian artist on a Greek island with azure skies and calm seas as Manchester just happened around me.”, D, Manchester.
“Thank you so much Martyn!! The Gong Bath you did for us was AMAZING. Everyone is raving about it. All the extra touches you provided – especially the fairly lights and the Jasmin tea – added to the experience and made it even more beautiful. A wonderful relaxing, resetting afternoon. Also thank you so much for taking the time to chat with people afterwards, you were so engaging….your passion really shines through. I’ll see you soon no doubt……..everyone’s demanding a repeat performance!!”, H, Disley.
“We had the hour-long session for couples. Martyn (and his partner) were very welcoming and made us feel relaxed. I have never experienced anything like the gong bath. It was instantly immersive, and our reality became this sound world for an hour. The experience provoked some really pleasant physical sensations, but also allowed the mind to wander. We both journeyed around on the edge of sleep, separately and together, to wherever entered our minds. At one point I could picture a future where we were elderly and attending a gong bath, much to our kids’ amusement. I absolutely loved it and I sincerely think everyone could get something valuable out of it.” H, Manchester.
“I was trying to describe my first ever Gong bath to a friend – It’s a meditation session. Martyn plays the gongs and other instruments while you just listen. Honestly, it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced. The vibrations just resonate through you and the room.
Can’t wait for my next one” A, Eccles
“After the gong bath I slept wonderfully and had a fascinating dream too…. we are both very happy and uplifted… thank you so much for it…. you’re a magician”. O, Chorlton.
“Martyn Cawthorne thank you for a beautiful mind/soul journey of sound…..fresh at 9am on Saturday. Didn’t get a chance to feedback……Not sure if it was the surrounds or the early morning wind, but your beautiful, resononating sound literally took me out of this world , and gently blopped me back in it clearer, rested and ready to share the Thank You!” ND at Blue Dot.
“We visited Martyn to understand more about the healing potential of the gong baths he offers and he received us with such kindness. He explained at great length the difference between the power of the soundwaves emitted by the gongs and that of other instruments that through their melody can also change an audience. I was brought gradually into an orchestrated journey of complex sounds, impossible to detect from which corner of the room they emerged. Engulfed in the multiple layers of frequencies, some of which surprised me by their physical force, their tones seemed otherworldly and brought a sensation of weightlessness and of looking into outer space.
We found the meeting revealed how sound can indeed bring healing to the human mind and body. It was evident that the gongs were capable of transmuting emotional states. Having studied the power of sound over matter, it was a real pleasure to be able to experience its cathartic effect through the different gongs and singing bowls that he used.
Martyn, thank you for your informed conversation, it was a pleasure to meet you and certainly a privilege we will not forget.”
“I had my first experience of a Gong bath last month and I didn’t know what to expect. It was magical! I tried the hammock and I felt like I was being hugged by the fabric, I felt really safe and secure. Some of the sounds were overwhelming at times and I felt a little anxious at one point, but this quickly dissipated. I started to feel as if I was hearing whales singing at one point, and at another point felt as if I was in a cave with sounds echoing all around me, later on I felt like I was in space! I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. The sounds varied between really loud and other worldly to soft and gentle. By the end I felt extremely relaxed and serene. Thanks Martyn! 🙂 I’m looking forward to my next one and seeing what the experience is like on the floor space rather than a hammock, I hear you can feel the vibrations more through the floor.” AK, Manchester.
“I highly recommend attending a Gong Bath by Martyn. I actually can’t put into words how incredible the whole experience was. It wasn’t just beautifully relaxing; Martyn is also so very thoughtful and caring in making sure that everyone has a truly lovely experience. His presence, his tea, it was just perfect from start to end. Thank you Martyn!! I look forward to attending many more :”, K.
“Martyn is a gongtastic gong master! I’ve been gonged in a cave, in a hammock and plain and simple on a mat. His playing is magical and hypnotic, his energy resonates calmness, sending soothing ripples of peace and love throughout the room. He is gentle, kind, patient and loves to share the experience with you and answer questions over a cup of herbal tea.
Each time has taken me on a different journey- I’ve cried until I couldn’t see the road on the drive home, I’ve laughed as though I was a little girl who’d eaten too many sweets and just been tickled. I’ve been swimming underwater and flying up in space. The gongs take me on an adventure out of my body or deeper into myself. I’ve seen colours swirl behind my eyes and I’ve felt my aura expand until it might burst into a billion stars and shower the room!
There might not be any water at a gong spa but it’s like being a baby having a bubble bath and then wrapped in a fluffy blanket and cuddled while a lullaby plays you to sweetly sleep.. Bliss � Thanks Martyn”, R.
“Myself and my friend Hayley shared a wonderful evening at the Gong Spa in Alderley Edge. We experienced a powerful, almost hypnotic immersion into beautiful penetrating sound. We were told that we’d probably sleep well that night and yes I slept for a shocking 10 hrs !! This is totally unknown to me ha!! We will be back, fantastic !!”, J.
“Outstanding and this gave me one of the best nights sleep in years. I would thoroughly recommend Martyn’s events.”, D.
“My first Gong Spa today and it will definitely not be my last! A very relaxing & enjoyable experience!!! Can’t wait to come back!” J.
“Last night at The Yard was my second visit to one of Martyn’s Gong Spas, and I totally loved it! Martyn is so good at what he does, such a calm and lovely person – can’t wait for the next one ���”, A.
“Martyn, just to let you know I had a wonderful sleep after last night’s gong bath. Woke up refreshed and full of energy. Thanks you. :-)”
“Yesterday I had a mind-blowing gong bath at the Gong Spa in Trafford, Greater Manchester, together with a fellow Creative Entrepreneur. After just an hour’s session, we both left floating on air, ready to take on our individual work challenges with renewed calm, confidence and enthusiasm. New work ideas were instantly flowing, as though we had done a few months worth of creative thinking in the space of 60 minutes. The sound which comes out of the gong induces a powerful state of meditation (even for those of us with wandering minds!) and the vibration can be felt right throughout your body which was both deeply relaxing and energising all at the same time. It’s a great alternative for anyone who struggles with other forms of therapy as it gets through to your subconscious mind so there’s really no resistance to overcome on the level of thought.” (R, Manchester)
“Thank-you Martyn for taking us to places we’ve never been before! 🙏🏼 it was so wonderful to meet you and your gongs 😊” (V, Leicestershire)
“I really enjoyed it thank you Martyn. Really enhanced my meditation. I felt as though the vibrations was gently rocking my energy. Loved it.” (D, Manchester)
“…had a zen treat today! Wow what a profound experience!! I loved it…. so powerful!! Practically dribbling after that experience lol ❤💪🏽🙈😇” (C, Hale)
“There was a lot in the gong bath that worked for me and it feels like a really natural move at this point – it feels just perfectly the right thing, right now, if that makes sense. I found it really nourishing, comforting, and heart opening, but really psychologically spacious too, which is something I am trying to create more of in my life, which is involving a lot of learning 😉 With the gongs it felt really effortless – like genuine flow. I just did the meditation course with James and this immersive kind of experience feels like a perfect compliment to my home practice, and a very natural means of expression. And flippin gorgeous!! It’s still making me smile now! Also, if it helps anyone to know this, I have Fibromyalgia, auto – immune disease, depression and anxiety” (A, Chorlton)
“Good morning Martyn. I just wanted to let you know how incredible I feel after last night’s gong bath, my first ever! What a wonderfully relaxing experience, I felt like a playful child afterwards. I think it ignited a mischievous spark inside me. I am so pleased I made it. Thank you. xx” (N, Chorlton)
“Monday night was a Gong Spa. 30 people all lying down snugged up in sleeping bags and pillows. Crackling fire and flickering candles. For forty five minutes we were treated to the incredible sounds and vibrational qualities of these beautiful instruments. Very hard to explain how I felt… But It was like flying amongst the stars. Would recommend this to anyone that wants to take a little time out from our fast paced life. 🙏 xx” (G. Alderley Edge)
“Went to bed at nine and slept till six …. That is amazing indeed (for me anyway) thank you so much x” (N, Manchester)
“Hey Martyn! Thank you so much for the Gong bath on the 23rd Feb at the Wonder Inn retreat, I have no words to describe how amazing it was :-)” I, Manchester
“During the gong bath, I’m aware that I’m being gonged, but I can’t remember who I am and what my life is” M, Chorlton.
“It was ace, my headache is gone and my body feels so light 😊 – I’ve been trying to get rid of headaches recently with tea and some more yoga practice but nothing ever worked that quickly – thank you, namaste” T, Chorlton.
“It was simply breathtaking. To me it felt like the soundtrack to flying through a storm. Having been under a lot of stress recently, the timing of attending was perfect and I left feeling greatly uplifted and energised.” R, Chorlton.
“Loved Sunday’s gong bath. Not long into the hour the sound became so rich and immersive that it totally pushed all other brain noise out of my head and left me floaty and euphoric. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks Martyn.” V, Manchester.
“Last night I experienced Group Gong Bath Detox for the very first time. It was incredible, truly awakening and a very personal experience. The sound of the gongs gave me full body vibrations and took my mind on a journey. Not sure where I went but I drifted somewhere. I couldn’t believe when the hour was up, it went so fast. The host was The Wonder Inn in the city centre. They created the perfect space, also great to support such venues. Highly recommended & great way to leave the past in the past and prepare yourself for the week ahead. Already looking forward to the next one.” H, Manchester.
“I suffer from an acute fear of flying, and become overwhelmed with anxiety when I travel on a plane. I coincidentally discovered, and took part in one of Martyn’s gong bath taster sessions when I was due to fly on holiday the same day. The experience was a powerful wave of calm and mental order that remained with me for hours after and actually allowed me to get on the plane and complete the journey in a calm and controlled state, something which came as a highly positive surprise to both me and my companion. I now visit Martin for a gong spa on a monthly basis and find the unique experience provides VIP access to a state I now understand to be similar to meditation, which I also have begun to practice; as a busy IT Project Manager I find great benefit from Martyn’s gong spa experience because it helps me approach concerns, contemplation and tasks in a more resolute and marshalled fashion.” S, Manchester.
“I feel really relaxed and ‘distant’. It really gives me a break from my regimented work life. I can’t wait for my next one!” M, Trafford.
“A lovely gong bath, lots of visuals, lots of releases and such a range of interesting sounds from the gong!” R, Salford.
“I felt a near constant activity around my heart. Meanwhile I frequntly found that I seemed to be moving deep into the floor” H, Trafford.
“The gong was like a guardian or protector as I revisited scenes from my childhood. It was completely therapeutic, and without using words or ideas which gave it an unarguable lightness. When’s the next session?” O, Trafford
“My sleep has improved significantly since the gong bath” P, Trafford
“I can still feel the power of the gong (from yesterday). It felt like a very deep massage or strong exercise when entire body is nicely tired. I slept like a baby :-)” M, Chorlton
“The weirdest and most mental experience I’ve had for ages. Totally surprising. Couldn’t believe the richness and range of frequencies.” R, Timperley
“It was a really nice, peaceful journey”. P, Manchester
“Bananas. There was no sense of time, and the sounds seemed to come from all around the room”. I, Chorlton
“The gong sounded as if you were playing more than one instrument. The sounds were really unusual”. J, Trafford.
“In some moments it was like being completely alone inside an ice palace – that would normally freak me out, but it didn’t. I could have stayed there for ages”. P, Edinburgh
“The vibrations were going through my hands and feet so intensely. In my mind were intense colours, yellows, oranges, and then huge, expanding clarity”. M, Chorlton
“I could see loads of celestial events throughout. It was amazing”. D, Ashton.
“Can I pass your number to my friends? I think they’d really like it”. C, Chorlton
“I felt the sound and vibrations going through my body and then sticking at my head like there was a blockage, and then suddenly the sound came out through the top of my head and I was completely opened up. Thank you so much”. M, Chorlton
“As soon as you started playing my heart was affected and I really felt its beating. Throughout the Spa I faced a lot of personal issues and felt a lot better afterwards, but I want to come back and continue and see if we can go further”. M, Chorlton
“The sound was like fire, like space, like the creation of the universe”. N, Chorlton
“Since my husband attended the gong spa a week ago, he’s been so relaxed around the house!”. B, Manchester.