Jarvia Foxter: Dancing to the beat of a different 'Gong'
The pocket between my brain and scull seemed to vibrate microcosmically, my frontal lobe felt like it was exhaling, relaxing, and nearly every part of my body felt the sonic waves from my toes to my nipples, from my fingers to my perineum. This was my first Gong bath from Jarvia Foxter and the experience seemed, at the least, familiar to everyone I know who has spent even five minutes near her gongs. The talk afterwards always about a revelatory experience, spoken with an enthusiasm akin to evangelicals who have...seen the light! Not surprising when you have a nearly 3.6 foot earth gong and an over 3 foot symphonic gong sending vibrations through your body and mind.
A registered Osteopath with over 23 years experience working within Radiology, Surgery and A&E as well as in medical acupuncture she has an incredibly broad church for treatment and therapy. After her traditional degrees in Osteopathy and Diagnostic Radiography Jarvia began studying sound as a therapeutic intervention from her personal interest in indigenous medicine, spending time with the matriarchal medicine tribe, respected as the masters of medicine in the Amazon, The Shipibo. She trained in Gong Sound Therapy with world renowned Great Gong Master Don Conreaux and expert musicologist & Shipibo shaman Esteban Valdivia at Tone of Life Gong Sound Therapy School.
Jarvia says the theory behind Gong’s success is down to ‘Brain Entrainment’, when the brain is given a stimulus, through the ears, eyes or other senses making it emit electrical charges in reply called a Cortical Evoked Response: “Hemispheric synchronization is the generally desired result of brainwave entrainment. We know from neuroscience evidence that the more similar the individual frequencies are between each cerebral hemisphere the more optimistic, more emotionally stable and less prone to mental illness people are.” But not only is this a remedial modus, Jarvia and her gongs have also experimented with London-based multimedia studios Marshmallow Laser Feast and she is collaborating with Grime MC Peakey so its Health, wellbeing and a bit of Grime - Gong never sounded so good.