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Frequently Asked Questions -
Do I need to bring a towel?
No, a towel is not required. You will be bathed, but only in the frequency and vibration of gongs, bowls, drums and chimes. The sensation can be described as being immersed in the sound waves, which is why it`s generally a gong bath.
Do I need to be experienced in meditation to attend?
Absolutely not. The symphony of sound created by a wide variety of scared sound instruments, for most people, quickly and easily stills the busyness of the mind and takes them into a state of deep relaxation without any effort. It is suitable for both absolute novices and experienced meditators.
I`ve never done this before, how will I know what to do?
Each session usually has a mixture of new guests and regulars. For those who`ve never been before we will cover everything you need to know in a brief `house-keeping` talk before we start. We will tell you what is going to happen during the session and at the end of the session we will make sure you are grounded - there is no need to worry, you`ll be grounded all the way.
What should I wear?
No special clothes required. Everyday clothes are absolutely suitable, think `comfort` and you`ll be fine.
What should I bring with me?
At The Chiron, we want you to be really comfortable so we`ve taken care of everything. Mats to lie on, pillows and warm blankets (but some people like to bring their favourites with them) are provided for your comfort. For those who are less mobile and would find it a challenge to lie on the floor we have a limited number of reclining chairs which may be booked in advance.
Do I need to book in advance?
At the moment, most sessions are `drop in` with a couple of exceptions. Although it is really helpful for us to know if you will be joining us , to enable us to set out the room appropriately. A lot of our guests do message us in advance to reserve a mat, although it is essential know if you need a recliner.
Which session would be best for me?
We have created a wide selection of Healing Sound sessions which would appeal to those who are looking for simple relaxation through to those who are seeking a much deeper spiritual experience. Check the `Sound Timetable` page (https://www.chironuk.com/sound-timetable.html) which will tell you which sessions are available each day and give you description (scroll down) of the content, there is also a star system for easy reference. We would generally advise you go for whichever sesion you are drawn to.
I have a health condition, does that mean I can`t come?
There are certain pre-existing medical conditions for which we would give specific advice. As far as know there is no medical condition which would exclude you from attending, however there are some conditions which require consideration.
I might be late arriving, is that a problem?
Our policy, is to close the doors promptly at the start time (doors open 30 minutes before). This is to ensure the security of the building and to honour the time schedules of people who attend.
Can I bring my child?
For normal sessions we have a lower age limit of 14 years old, this is to ensure that our other guests and yourself can totally relax without disturbance. We know that younger children can sometimes find some of the sounds unsettling, and an hour is long time for them to remain settled if this proves to be the case. We do schedule a specific shorter session for parents and children to attend together, these usually happen during school holidays and you`ll find them under the name of `Young Hearts, Old Hearts` for children who have expressed an interest in attending. These sessions are also a manageable way to gauge your child`s response to the sounds. Sometimes, children really love it and are fine to attend the longer sessions by arrangement.
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK