A Catalyst for Creating Wholeness
Therapeutic music creates a sacred space and goes where medicine can't. The vibrations of harp music connect with the body's natural intelligence, facilitating a gentle path into places of timeless magic. As an art based on the science of sound, live, acoustic music is played specifically tailored to the immediate needs of the recipient. It sets a stage conducive to healing by lowering blood pressure, easing pain and anxiety, regulating the heartbeat, stabilizing vital signs and promoting sleep. Bedside music helps ease the transition of those actively dying.
Where and When Therapeutic
Music is Used
Healing harp provides comfort in the home, for hospice, hospitals, burn units, dental offices, pain centers, long-term care facilities, art, yoga and tai chi classes, and animal shelters. Situations calling for therapeutic music include pre and post-op recovery, the NICU, critical care, Alzheimer's, and end of life vigils. The music is typically played bedside, unless offered at shelters or classes.
Why the Harp
The harp's extraordinary timbre provides unparalleled relaxation. It possesses an ancient, archetypal heritage as a bridge between heaven and earth and is one of the earliest instruments used for healing. The strings of the harp ring out and touch the heart and soul like no other music can. Harp tones possess the ability to entrain the body into proper resonance and frequency. Mind and body can use harp notes as mystical portals to zones of deep peace.
Training for therapeutic musicians is provided by several programs found in the USA. The National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians oversees
several of these programs, including Harp for Healing. Therapeutic musicians do not aim to cure or entertain. The service of healing music is offered, which facilitates a calm journey.
Therapeutic musicians cross into the realms of illness and death repeatedly. The contemplative practice of providing restorative music teaches practitioners to be present, humble and centered as situations unfold. Appropriate music is created by astute observation of
the varied details recipients display.
"My mind goes to rippling streams, flights of birds and the sound of wind in the grass."
"Karen's music is a gentle breeze coming through my room."
-- Hospice Patient
-- Almost Everyone
"I have forgotten my pain."
-- Hospital Patient