Beta: Awake. This is when we are alert, logical and productive during the day, which over time with little rest, leads to stress, anxiety and restlessness.
Alpha: Relaxed. Our memory, imagination and visualisation skills are heightened. We are here during light meditation or when we’re daydreaming.
Theta: Deep meditation and light sleep. Theta is when we feel most inspired, creative and introspective.
Delta: Deep, dreamless sleep where our brain is regenerating.
The optimal range for relaxation and de-stressing is between Alpha and Theta, where we are conscious of our surroundings but we feel deeply relaxed and in control of our thoughts and feelings. Gong baths are highly rejuvenating for the body and bring about an overall sense of relaxation, which can reduce stress as well as help develop a better ability to cope with stress.