Gong therapy?

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      Hi everyone. I realize this is going to sound rather unconventional, but I am currently doing field research in Vancouver on how sound is being used for therapeutic purposes and one of the more striking examples I’ve uncovered is the use of large hanging gongs for therapy (i.e. individuals or groups of people regularly lying down in front of gongs while someone strikes them for an hour or more). The experience is consistently talked about by participants as having therapeutic qualities (though no unifying explanatory model seems to exist).

      I’m wondering if anyone on this site (gongs being probably one of the lowest frequency-producing human-made instruments in the world) might know of any attempts to systematically or empirically study any potentially therapeutic qualities of gongs or other similar metallic, drone-producing instruments. Or perhaps someone has an opinion as to why this may or may not be a feasible or legitimate enterprise?…


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