Soundbath by Nila Shah from Ubuntu

a sound bath set up with blankets and gongs
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Following our Welcome Walkthrough led by our friendly and knowledgeable team and community partners from Ubuntu, one of Ubuntu's members Nila Shah will be leading a soundbath in Gallery One.

Come and immerse yourself in a bath of profound vocal and percussive sounds that allow the body and mind to find its natural balance.

Nila will start with a short commentary to get you into a relaxed state of mind. She will then play a gong and sing some vocal sounds, incorporating percussion instruments. This enables attendees to relax further, allowing the body to find its natural balance and to have the space for inner insights and reflections.

For more information including specific precautions, please see Nila's guide provided here:

What is a Soul Soothing Sound Bath?

There is no water involved, no tub involved - bath is figurative.

Sound baths are group sessions in which the sounds and vibrational energy of gongs, voice, overtones, harmonics, shamanic drum, Tibetan singing bell and other percussion instruments are used to help still the mind and allow the body to deeply relax.

It is a bit like having a sonic massage using a non-invasive approach.

What are the benefits of having a Sound Bath?

Some of the benefits include stress relief, pain relief, and activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system.

How is a sound bath practiced?

Most people who participate in soundbaths lie down on yoga mats but you can also sit if you prefer to. Add a pillow and a blanket and all you’ll need to do is rest in a comfortable position, relax and close your eyes. You can also bring an eye mask.


Pregnancy: This session is not recommended during the first and final trimester of pregnancy

Pacemakers: This session may resonate or change the rhythm of a pacemaker

Metal implants/pins/screws: This session may resonate the metal

Mental Health Condition: This session may not be suitable for anyone with a severe mental health condition

Tinnitus/'Menieres' Disease/Epilepsy: This session may not be suitable for anyone with any condition which is sound sensitive or could be triggered by sound.

Getting the best from your Sound Bath:

After the session, the body may go through a period of integration. The healing process usually takes two to three days. During this time, your body may be moving to a more balanced state. As your body balances itself, the old symptoms and feelings may re-appear. Some symptoms may temporarily get worse before they get better.

Take care when driving immediately after this session. Avoid heavy work after the session and avoid drinking alcohol or smoking on the day of the session. Take it easy for the next few days, be kind to yourself, rest as much as possible and drink plenty of water. (at least four glasses a day).

About the event

Free; booking is required due to limited capacity.

Please bring your own blankets, cushions, or whatever you'd like to make yourself comfortable during the session.

Please note, a separate ticket is required for both this event and the welcome walkthrough.

The event is one hour (excluding any additional time spent in the café)

Please gather at Front of House (reception) for the start time.


This event is inclusive for wheelchair users; our building is wheelchair accessible with lift access to all floors.

Find information about getting here, our building access and facilities by clicking here.

We welcome all visitors. We want our activities to be accessible and inclusive for everyone. If you have questions or specific access requirements, please get in touch so that we can support you. Contact us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750 or coming into our building.

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