It's a gorgeous day for Music Therapy! I was invited to demonstrate the healing benefits of music at the beautiful BayView Healthcare this morning in St. Augustine. What a great turnout for what was a relatively unfamiliar experience for the residents!
There's a power in music that goes beyond language, entering the mind, body, and soul on a cellular and energetic level. There's a healing quality in the resonance of a voice holding a sustained tone, a soaring piano melody, the steady beat of a drum. There's a naturalness of interactive communication through memories elicited by familiar songs. There's a sacredness in music that allows for the most intense and direct connection to the divine pulse of life, and there's an indescribable power in the vibration of a group of people united in motion and intention.
For many years I have worked as a music therapist with groups and individuals of all levels of functioning. The qualities inherent in music such as timing, repetition, predictability, melody, emotion, motion, vibration, and rhythm allow for entrainment in the brain which fosters growth and creation of new neural pathways - even later in life when it seems all growth has stopped. My mission is to inspire, take people higher, and create the best quality of life for individuals who, through music therapy, are given the opportunity to ignite great and positive change within themselves and their communities.
May you find a therapeutic quality in the music passing through your ears today, while you bask in the many blessings of being alive right now!
Love and rockin' bongos,