Posts Tagged ‘Healing’

Circle of Meditation and Healing: Transform Economic Insecurity into Abundance

April 3rd, 2016

Circle of Meditation and Healing: Transform Economic Insecurity into Abundance
Event on 2016-04-21 19:00:00
We all carry beliefs around money and fears about our economic security that inhibit our ability to live a life of abundance in all realms:  financial, spiritual, mental and emotional. Modern mystic/author Susan Beilby Magee will lead a visualization to explore our attitudes towards money and the roots of our fears about financial security.  We will then choose to release limiting beliefs and invite a life full of abundance.  Join our sacred circle at the time of the full moon.  All spiritual seekers interested in exploring a range of meditations and consciousness-raising practices are welcome. No experience is necessary. The Circle of Healing and Meditation is a continuing series to connect with our wisdom within held in St. Joseph’s Chapel. Upcoming Meditations: Thursday, April 21: Transform Fears of Economic Insecurity Into Abundance Monday, May 23: Turn Shame and Guilt into Love About Susan Beilby Magee Susan Beilby Magee has practiced the healing arts for the past 28 years. A certified hypnotherapist and meditation teacher, she founded the Washington Circle of Master Healers. Susan was instrumental in bringing healing prayer to Cathedral Crossroads and continues to volunteer as a healing minister on Crossroads evenings. She practices various forms of meditation, visualization, hypnotherapy, and energy healing. One chapter in Susan’s spiritual journey culminated with the new publication of her book, Into the Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron, a profound story of hope, courage, and transformation of an artist and Holocaust survivor she met at age six. Susan Beilby Magee’s career spans diverse realms of politics, economics and spirituality. A leader of the women’s movement and director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Rights in Seattle, she moved to Washington, D.C., as a White House Fellow in 1976. Magee held policy and management positions in domestic finance and economic development in the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments and later served as an international business consultant. Having earned a BA from Pomona College and MBA from the Wharton School, she has served on numerous boards of directors. DISCLAIMER: The Circle of Meditation and Healing is for educational purposes only. Neither the Circle leader, Susan Beilby Magee, nor The Washington National Cathedral is liable for possible damage incurred as a direct or indirect consequence of participating or using the contents, suggestions or interpretation. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have learned in this course or on our website.

at Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW
Washington, United States

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March 23rd, 2016

A few nice Radio images I found:

Image by Ramones Karaoke
Last night I was so distraught at the loss of our only internet radio station – literally, it’s all that we have listened to since the stress of attempting to sell the old house got too much – I was so, so hurt that it had gone off the air and been replaced by some total crap, I thought I was having a nervous breakdown. Really. That may sound crackers, but I fell to bits and was in mourning. I thought I was never going to hear the Belgian girl again.

And today it was back. I was so overjoyed I left my girl a note for when she got back.

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Enhancing Care Through Mindful Awareness, Compassion, and Healing Presence

April 4th, 2014

Enhancing Care Through Mindful Awareness, Compassion, and Healing Presence
Event on 2014-06-17 19:00:00

with Dr. Joel Levey and Michelle Levey
Montefalco (Umbria), Italy
24 CE and 24 CME Credits Available
Tuesday evening through Sunday afternoon
Fully accredited for Physicians, Psychologists, Nurses, MFTs, and LCSWs

Course Description:

As health caring professionals, our strength and effectiveness lie in the quality of care and attention that we provide.  As the quality of our own mindful awareness, wisdom, compassion, and healing presence is deepened and developed, we are better equipped to care for ourselves, our patients, staff, and loved ones.
This inspiring learning laboratory will combine experiential and didactic work to provide participants with a wealth of practical skills and knowledge for enhancing the capacity to care for themselves and others. Drawing from a combined 70+ years of clinical practice, research in mind-body medicine, social neurobiology, contemplative science, organizational health, and executive leadership development, the Leveys offer a unique and inspiring blend of wisdom and methods for health care professionals seeking to develop personal practices to increase the quality of mindfulness, compassion, and self-care they bring to the lives of their patients as well as to their own lives.  

Participants will learn and explore practices from five categories of meditation – Concentration, Mindfulness, Reflective, Creative, and Heart-Centered – each of which have evidence based benefits for both clinicians and patients. Understanding a variety of practices that are easy to learn and teach helps to expand the range of options of what to recommend to patients, and also provides clinicians with a wealth of material and insights to improve their own self-care, well-being, clinical performance, and interpersonal relationships while actively engaged in the vital work of helping others.  Offering an engaging learning experience in a beautiful and natural setting, this seminar distills essential insights from decades of research and experience developed in offering professional development and renewal seminars for thousands of physicians, nurses, students, faculty, and other health caring professionals around the globe.  It encourages reflection, renewal, dialogue, and the inspiring company of learning companions who also value this opportunity for personal and professional rejuvenation and development. Spouses and interested children are also welcome to participate in this special learning experience.  

The following are examples of themes to be explored:

  • Understanding the Three Dimensions of Wellness: Coherent Mind; Integrated Brain; and Attuned Field of Relationships
  • Developing personal practices to increase the quality of mindfulness, compassion, clarity, peace of mind, well-being, and self-care we bring to our lives and to the lives of others
  • Discovering strategies for working more effectively and sustainably in “VUCA Times” (i.e. times that are Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic/Complex, and Ambiguous)
  • Developing skills and strategies for increasing resilience
  • Creating a nurturing community and environment for self-renewal, discovery, and life-affirming learning
  • Practicing the Three Essential Elements of Mindfulness and Mind Fitness Training:  Mastery of Attention; Clarity of Intention; and Optimal Attitude
  • Exploring compelling insights from evidence-based research on mindfulness, compassion, and meditation
  • Reviewing insights on wellness and high performance from the Leveys’ Jedi Warrior Training Program for the US Army Special Forces
  • Clarifying personal priorities and core values that guide your life-work
  • Developing skills for living and working with greater dynamic balance
  • Considering strategies for deep reflection blending analytical and intuitive intelligence
  • Appreciating the power and benefits of gratitude

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will be able to….

  1. Assess their level of wellness across the three dimension of coherent mind, integrated brain, and attuned field of relationships.
  2. Apply the three essential elements of mindfulness  – attention, intention, and attitude.
  3. Identify and use 7 core mind fitness practices.
  4. Recognize and self-report warning signs of accumulating stress and practice skills to manage and neutralize them.
  5. Distinguish between mindlessness and mindfulness and develop greater mastery of attention.
  6. Focus and sustain attention more easily on whatever they choose to attend to.
  7. Better assess their present state of life-balance and apply skills for increasing the quality of dynamic balance in their lives.
  8. Identify and label emotions and mind states that are present for them moment to moment and reduce their vulnerability to stress-related illness through this practice. 
  9. Apply skills for embodying greater somatic awareness and be more in tune with subtle indicators and warning signs of accumulating stress as presented through mindfulness of their body.
  10. Give examples of compelling findings from evidence-based research on mindfulness, compassion, and contemplative science related to medicine and the healing arts. 
  11. Develop and practice skills for mindfulness, self-compassion and self-care.
  12. Assess and improve the quality of empathy and compassion they have towards others.
  13. Use mindful dialogue to improve the quality of communications with patients, colleagues, and other significant individuals in their lives and work. 
  14. Practice healing presence as an aid to improving patient care and communications.
  15. Identify and apply a variety of methods for bringing deeper compassion, lovingkindness, and empathy into their lives and work.

Accreditation Information

CE (Continuing Education) Credits are provided for all courses by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is sponsoring the credit for licensed social workers (LCSW), nurses (RN), marriage and family therapists (MFT) and psychologists.  This  program is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor  continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the  program and content.

SCRC is an approved CE provider for 3 accreditation agencies:

• California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS Approval PCE 111) for LCSWs and MFTs in California.
• California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP11909) for licensed nurses in California.
• American Psychological Association (APA) SCRC is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.

For questions about CE visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at (707) 763-3576.

CME (Continuing Medial Education) information for “Enhancing Care Through Mindful Awareness, Compassion, and Healing Presence”, June 17-22, 2014.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint sponsorship of CME Consultants and Pronto Seminars.  CME Consultants is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Consultants designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Faculty Bios

Joel Levey, Ph.D. and Michelle Levey, M.A. are founders of Wisdom at Work; the International Institute for Mindfulness, Meditation and MindBody Medicine (See: and InnerWork Technologies Inc. They serve as clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Health. They teach students from the University of Minnesota Medical School as well as students from Bastyr University's Center for Spirituality, Science, and Medicine. They have also taught at Mahidol University in Thailand, Indian Institute of Management, and Antioch University.  The Leveys have been honored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences as leading "teachers of transformation."

Joel and Michelle have directed clinical programs in biofeedback, mindfulness, and stress management for Group Health HMO and Children's Medical Center; developed CAM programs on Meditation and Medicine for N.I.H.; developed advanced biocybernautic training for the U.S. Army Special Forces’ fabled Jedi Warrior Program; and offered programs for hundreds of health care organizations, including:  M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center; St. Francis Hospice of Honolulu; Providence Health System; Children’s Orthopedic Hospital; University of Washington School of Psychosocial Nursing; Saint Joseph Medical Centers; Swedish Medical Center; University of Alberta Hospitals; International Medical Program; Menninger Foundation; and were consultants for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office.  The Leveys have taught seminars on the subject of Meditation and Medicine for the University of Washington Medical School Faculty and the Portland State University Nursing School Faculty. They recently offered a very popular workshop on Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout for the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ 2012 Conference in Washington D.C. and have been invited to offer this workshop again at the ASA’s 2013 Conference in San Francisco.

Joel and Michelle offer insights distilled from over four decades of intensive practice, research, and study in a wide spectrum of wisdom traditions and contemplative science disciplines and have engaged in intensive personal practice – including a one year silent contemplative retreat. ? ?The Dalai Lama encouraged the Leveys' work, saying: "You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings."  Their published works include: Luminous Mind: Meditation and Mind Fitness; Living in Balance; Wisdom at Work; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Times; Corporate Culture and Organizational Health; VUCA Savvy Leadership.

Venue and Fees
Our venue is the beautiful and family owned Villa Zuccari near Montefalco, Umbria (about 2 hours from Rome).

Individual registration is 50.00 USD and includes all course materials, CE certificate, welcome reception and final dinner. Early bird registration is 25.00 USD until Feb 15, 2014.

Group Registration (minimum 3 individuals) is 00.00 USD per person.
Upon registering, we will send instructions on how to book a room at the Villa.

Hotel Rates
The daily hotel rates include breakfast and lunch each day of the retreat.

Classic Double Room € 186
?Classic Double Room single use € 133
?Superior Double Room € 215?
Superior Double Room single use € 145?
Deluxe Double Room € 250?
Deluxe Double room single use € 170
?Junior Suite € 280?Suite € 300?
Torretta (Tower) Room € 330

VILLINO & CASETTA (20 meters from main Villa)
Double Room € 179
?Double Room single use € 125

For currency conversion rates, see

Villa Booking & Cancellation policy:

• At time of confirmation 1 night as a non-refundable deposit to secure the reservation
• Cancellations received within 15 days prior arrival date will be subjected to a penalty of 25% of total stay
• Cancellations received within 7 days prior arrival date will be subjected to a penalty of 50% of total stay
• In case of no-show or early departure, you pay total stay.

Course Registration Cancellation Policy:

Registrants who do not cancel according to the following guidelines will forfeit all fees. You must write, email or fax your cancellation request.

• 100% less .00 administration fee will be refunded for cancellation requests received by March 1, 2014
• 75% of Registration fee will be refunded on all cancellation requests made after April 1, 2014
• 25% of Registration fees will be refunded on all cancellation requests made after May 1, 2014
• There are no refunds after May 20, 2014.

at Villa Zuccari, Montefalco (Umbria), Italy

San Luca, Italy

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Jim Janetski / Healing 9

April 30th, 2013

Some cool Music Radio images:

Jim Janetski / Healing 9
Music Radio
Image by JSmith Photo
Jim practices playing a pair of conga drums.

for CM-Life

Single from my audio slideshow:

Jim Janetski / Healing Rhythm 7
Music Radio
Image by JSmith Photo
Jim practices playing a pair of conga drums. Jim is now serving two years probation and is not allowed to use medical marijuana until the sentence is over. "My body just seems to fall apart when I’m not using (medical marijuana)" he said. He has been hospitalized more frequently since he has stopped using it; twice in just the past few months.

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Single from my audio slideshow:

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Healing Hearts With Download Online Radios

November 30th, 2010

Healing Hearts With Download Online Radios

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide says the World Health Organization (WHO). Although heart diseases are set off by numerous factors, lack of resources is one of its greatest factors. Unfortunately, despite being in modern times, many do not know that radio player downloads are resources for those who want to improve the well-being of their hearts.


One of the most readily available forms of entertainment that is known throughout the world despite differences in race and culture is music. These days, with the invention of best streaming radios online, people with computers and Internet connections from around the globe have the opportunity to listen to local radio stations that are broadcasting over the Internet. This makes local music become available worldwide.


With the heart being one of the most important organs of one’s body, it is about time that people should find ways to keep their hearts in good health. People at risk for heart disease and those with actual heart diseases are constantly being told by their health care providers to take dietary and exercise measures. However, these are disciplines that need a lot of self-motivation for strict adherence. Thus, music as an easily accessible entertainment source is a perfect addition to these heart-saving measures. It is apparent that only a few know how much our hearts can benefit from music, though.


In reality, music is good for the heart. This is proven by a number of studies done over the years. One group of Italian and British researchers found that the musical tempo (pacing of music) and not genre had a directly proportional influence on the heart rate. In Finland, a study of stroke patients revealed that those who regularly listened to their preferred music genre recovered faster in comparison to those who didn’t listen to any music at all. Modern research also shows that lively music had psychotherapeutic effects.


To take advantage of the presence of online radios, you can download online radio softwares as music therapy resources to promote heart health. The USB radio tuner software for example, gives access to thousands of online radio stations from around the planet, categorizing them based on their played music genres. With this classification, people at risk for heart problems can choose radio stations that have high tempo songs to exercise their hearts, and those with heart problems can relax their heart muscles with low-tempo genres. Also, since having a heart disease can be distressing, people diagnosed to have them are more susceptible to depression which is why they can benefit by listening to cheerful songs.


The radio tuner USB is an excellent technology for use by home health care givers as well, in caring for clienteles with heart disease. Because it can be installed in a computer as a radio player download, a health professional can just carry around a notebook, a USB FM radio, and a USB wireless internet connector to access a list of music genres provided by this best streaming radio software. This rich database of genres makes the radio player download an enticing add-on to other health optimization efforts. Those who are tired of dieting and exercising meanwhile, can use it as a music therapy to gain psychological motivation.

tine Meyer is an expert author and loves to write regarding radio software and new technology updates.

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October 3rd, 2010

HEALING FREQUENCIES FOR AURA And BRAIN === === TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS : This Video sound Heals your AURA , all ENERGIE CENTERs and LEFT and RIGHT Site of the BRAIN , your brain will go in resonance with the “theta tone” and will be Balanced – Syncronised this stimulates/activates the Pineal Gland this organ in your Brain is responsible for many spiritual events one of it is telepathie ! The Brain is mostly overloaded with electrosmog like micro waves,cellphone waves radio waves radar and tv waves so it needs be cleansed and tuned in new ! You may experience some pain in different part of your Head or Brain depending on how much disorder there allready is , when you feeling the pressure in the mids of your head close your eyes and allowe the self healing prozess to take place , if you cant stand the pain anymore just Stop the Video Sound ! And Visualise the white light ask the Holy Spirit in the name of JESUS CHRIST ( JESUS CHRIST HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MESS THAT HUMANS ARE DOING AND DECEIVING PEOPLE IN HIS NAME ) to Burn all that junk away from your head and braincells . Bless you and Glory to the most High ! Research shows: Mobile Phones Affect Memory In Laboratory Animals! The memory test consisted of releasing the rats in a box with four objects mounted in it. These objects were different on the two occasions, and the placement of the objects was different from one time to the other. The actual test trial was the third

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Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North (with lyrics)

August 22nd, 2010

Tenth Avenue North’s new song that will be released on their upcoming album, The Light Meets The Dark, on May 11. Lyrics: So you thought you had to keep this up All the work that you do So we think that you’re good And you can’t believe it’s not enough All the walls you built up Are just glass on the outside So let ’em fall down There’s freedom waiting in the sound When you let your walls fall to the ground We’re here now This is where the healing begins, oh This is where the healing starts When you come to where you’re broken within The light meets the dark The light meets the dark Afraid to let your secrets out Everything that you hide Can come crashing through the door now But too scared to face all your fear So you hide but you find That the shame won’t disappear So let it fall down There’s freedom waiting in the sound When you let your walls fall to the ground We’re here now We’re here now, oh This is where the healing begins, oh This is where the healing starts When you come to where you’re broken within The light meets the dark The light meets the dark Sparks will fly as grace collides With the dark inside of us So please don’t fight This coming light Let this blood come cover us His blood can cover us This is where the healing begins, oh This is where the healing starts When you come to where you’re broken within The light meets the dark The light meets the dark To those wondering why there are only 3 people in the album art, their bassist, Scott, left TAN and

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Music and Sound Healing

March 7th, 2010

Music and sound healing is not a new concept. Cultures throughout the world have used music to empower, energize, heal and soothe the body, mind and spirit since time immemorial. It is no accident that Apollo, the Greek god who is credited as being the father of medicine, is also the father of music and the inventor of the lyre.

Music and healing are part of each other, and current research is pointing to that more and more. Recent studies have shown that music can slow down and help balance brain waves, reduce tension and stress by affecting endorphin levels, reduce physical tension by changing the vibrational frequency of cells, and even evoke feelings of love and inner peace.

Of course, if music can slow down your body’s rhythms and effect soothing, peace and healing, it can also have the opposite effect. A well-chosen set of music can help energize you and prepare you to work hard and be creative. Studies have also shown that athletes working out and practicing to music use more energy, stretch themselves further and burn more calories than those who work without music.

There’s a great deal of information available now about music and healing. Sound healing, music therapy, and the power of sound to effect changes in the mind, body and spirit are becoming more and more accepted. It’s sometimes difficult to tell how much is true and how much is marketing hype.

I became interested in the healing power of music as a by-product of trying to produce the most beautiful music possible. Years back, Leonard Bernstein invited me to perform as concertmaster in the world premiere his production of Mass. While there, he invited me along to speak with management and producers in the recording industry.

I learned from them, to my surprise, that the violin, the instrument that I consider the most beautiful and evocative of any, was not considered by the recording industry to be a marketable sound – that people would not buy recordings that featured the violin.

That piece of news amazed me. To me, the violin is the most beautiful, evocative and versatile instrument ever created. In the hands of a skilled musician, the violin can gloat, laugh, exult or cry. It can express nearly any emotion that humans can feel in their hearts and souls. I challenged myself then to produce works of music that presented the violin as I know it – the evocative and expressive voice of the soul.

That was the beginning of my own music label and catalog, Li-Sem Enterprises. As it grew, I began to hear from those who work in the fields of healing, both the traditional hospitals and doctors’ offices, and those working in CAM (complementary and alternative medicine), telling me that they were using my music in their practices, to enhance meditation, focus awareness and evoke emotions.

Perhaps the most potent, powerful story that I heard was that of a teenage boy diagnosed with schizophrenia who did not speak at all, but who, while listening to my CD Fragrance of a Dream, looked up and said, “This music is so beautiful it breaks your heart.”

Those stories and touches from others led me to begin exploring the world of healing with sound and music, and what I find both amazes me and confirms my own belief that music is one of the most potent healing tools the world has ever possessed. I am still very much a student, a pilgrim on a quest to learn all that I can about the ways that different tones, vibrations and sounds can affect the body and attune with the emotions and the spiritual.

It is a wonderful journey, and one that I intend to share with as many people as I can. As a beginning of that sharing, here are some things that I have learned, and that I believe about how music helps to heal and regenerate the body.

1. Your body will heal itself if you give it the right tools. I believe that some music can help your body to heal by helping it to realign its balance. At the same time, it is far too early in the research for anyone to tell you which musical selections will heal a specific medical condition. I would be irresponsible if I recommended that music replace other more traditional forms of healing and therapy. Music is a complementary way to give your body the tools that it needs to help itself heal.

2. One of the most important and effective things that you can do for your body is to help it relax into a meditative state. There is a great deal of research to support that a state of meditative calm inspires your body and your mind to renew itself.

3. Sound is one of the best tools for inspiring the meditative state in which your body is receptive to healing and renewal – but it is important to choose your music carefully. Some music – classical music in particular – seems to go there instinctively, but most music was not designed to relax you.

We are barely beginning to understand the ways that music affects us and effects healing in us. The research is exciting and ongoing, and I spend a great deal of time working with different bodies of healers in various fields to aid this research in all the ways that I can.

I incorporate what I have learned into the production of the titles and arrangements chosen for every new Li-Sem Catalog release in the hopes that this wonderful gift that I was given, the gift of making music, can become a gift to others – one that helps heal and refresh and renew, and in the process becomes part of a positive change in the world.

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Music To Your Ears – The Healing Way

November 27th, 2009

Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, play on”. The power of music over the human mind is enormous, and that’s putting it lightly. Music therapy is the use of music for therapeutic purposes by a trained professional. The idea of using music as a healing influence dates back to the time of Plato and Aristotle. In the modern world, music for therapy came to the fore when musicians played for war veterans to cure them of physical and emotional trauma. Since many of the patients responded well, nurses and doctors began requesting the services of musicians for therapy.

Soon, music therapy became recognized as an effective and scientifically-backed mode of treatment. The first music therapy degree program ever was established in 1944 in the State of Michigan, U.S.

A trained music therapist gauges the emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning and cognitive skills through the patient’s responses to music. Once the assessment is complete, the practitioner designs music session for individuals or groups. The therapeutic music is prepared based on client needs and uses music improvisation, song writing, lyric discussion, imagery and musical performances.

Using music for therapy can be a very powerful way to reach children and adolescents. Elderly people and people with developmental and learning disabilities, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and age related problems and people in acute pain also benefit from music therapy. Music therapy is a powerful way to help people express their feelings.

Professional music therapists are usually found in rehabilitative facilities, psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, drug and alcohol programs, nursing homes, correctional facilities, schools and private practice.

Some people mistakenly believe that a patient needs to have some particular musical ability to benefit from therapy. There is no one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than the rest. Any style of music can be equally effective. Any person can be a patient. The patient’s background, needs and history help determine the type of music used.

Even healthy people can make use of the healing powers of music. Listening to or making music, playing or drumming can greatly reduce stress and improve productivity. Research shows that music is a vital support for physical exercise. Music therapy is even said to assist labor and delivery.

In hospitals, music therapy is used to alleviate pain and is often used in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication. A question that is often raised is why use music if anesthesia does the same thing? Music helps because it dissolves emotional barriers and elevates the patient’s mood. Music also counteracts depression, calms and even sedates patients. In a nutshell, music helps reduce muscle tension and brings on a deep and satisfying relaxation.

Since 1994 music therapy has been identified as a reimbursable service in the U.S. Music therapy is considered ‘active treatment’ when it meets the following criteria:

– Is prescribed by a physician

– Is reasonably necessary for the treatment of the injury or condition

– Is based on a documented treatment plan

– Is showing some sort of result in the patient

The future of music therapy is indeed very promising as more and more research supports the effectiveness of music against diseases like Alzheimer’s and chronic pain.

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Music For Healing, Relaxation, and Wellness

November 6th, 2009

From a powerful national anthem to church hymns and classical masterpieces, music has always been able to evoke emotion, affect your mood, and influence the brain and body. Scientific studies throughout the years have proven how beneficial music can be both emotionally and physically. However certain types of music are better suited for healing than others. For example, you may find that while you truly enjoy rock music, this music may not be the most ideal music for your own emotional or physical needs.

Generally speaking, you want to search for music which is soft, soothing, and geared toward relaxation or meditation. Many classical music recordings have these qualities as do New Age compositions. You can even acquire music which is specially geared toward meditation, yoga, and other wellness programs. I highly recommend the music of Daniel Kobialka for all of your wellness and meditation needs. Mr. Kobialka’s focus is the rejuvenative power of music. He has led didactic and interactive workshops and seminars, traveled the world bringing his violin virtuosity to hospitals from Beijing, China to Plainville Ohio, and recorded music for meditation and guidance with alternative healing pioneers including Joan Boreysenko and Bernie Siegel. “If you are seeking healing, inspiration or spiritual fulfillment, you will discover in Kobialka the transformative power of music,” Larry Dossey, M.D.

Music has always been loved and embraced by the public, from catchy jingles that influence their purchases to cherished childhood songs that bring back a nostalgia for friendlier times. As such, it is no surprise that science, as well as medicine, have turned their attention to the therapeutic powers of music.

“Music, the undefined sounds of universal language,” says Daniel Kobialka, “has the remarkable ability of speaking to each of us in a very personal and profound manner.”

The many uses of music in therapeutic situations vary largely and may include, but are not limited to, motor skills, social/interpersonal development, cognitive development, self-awareness, and spiritual enhancement.

The idea of music as a tool for healing dates back to the beginnings of history, and some of the earliest notable mentions in Western history are found in the writings of ancient Greek philosophers.

Robert Burton wrote in the 16th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia (depression).

Using music and sound for healing is not yet a mainstream practice, however many groups have already begun to implement music therapy to their advantage. For example, some schools have initiated programs including music to benefit their student’s learning abilities. They have begun to hire therapists or other specialists who use music to strengthen nonmusical areas such as communication, physical coordination, teamwork, or even math.

If this article still hasn’t convinced you of the value of music for healing, consider the case of Dr. Michael J. Crawford and his colleagues, who in November 2006, again found that music therapy helped the outcomes of Schizophrenic patients.

His study showed conclusive evidence of the value of music in healing therapies. His November 2006 study included a total of 115 patients. Of these 115 patients, 81 of these were were subjected to various music therapies. Multiple methods of analysis demonstrated a trend towards improved symptom scores among those which were subjected to healing music therapy, especially in the area of reducing symptoms of schizophrenia. They further concluded that the effects as well as cost-effectiveness of music therapy for acute psychosis should be further investigated in further trials.

As you can see, there is a strong case for the value of music in everyday wellness as well as for your health and even to assist in the care of specific ailments. You can use music as a wellness method in your own home in a variety of ways, such as setting aside 15 minutes when you wake up in the morning and before bed at night to listen to relaxing music and calm your mind. You may also wish to listen to healing music on an mp3 player or CD player while you work during the day, if it is possible in your workplace to do so, or if you work from home. You can also play soothing, healing music for your pets or to even calm down and relax a baby!

Music can be used in such a large variety of ways for healing both our bodies and minds that you simply can’t go wrong by listening to this type of music! Even if your normal playlist includes rock, country, or even rap, you too can appreciate the benefits given by listening to relaxation music. There are such a large variety of styles, instruments, and cultural influences available in healing music that you can usually find something to suit everyone. So give music healing a try and start feeling the benefits today!

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