Neighbors…

MedicalI love to walk in my neighborhood, especially this time of year. And many days, I coordinate with my neighbor who is a home care nurse. When we walk together, we also talk … and a whole bunch of topics are covered!!

Recently, we were walking and my neighbor was de-briefing her day of visiting patients. (I don’t think this is an easy job, visiting with them for 20 minutes, then battling traffic and the weather to get to the next patient and do it all over … all day long.)

As we were walking by one of the houses in our neighborhood, a woman was standing outside and she said, “Excuse me! Are one of you women a doctor?” My friend said, “I’m a nurse, not a doctor. Do you need help?” The other woman said she wanted to show something, so she slightly slid down her neckline. She had an open sore and the nurse replied, “Oh, I suggest you go to the ER and they will give you some antibiotics and salve for your wound.”

We continued walking but I thought (although I didn’t say anything) … really?! How about some Vitamin E for tissue repair and anti-scarring, essential oils for infection control/healing, and using the Healing Touch technique of ultrasound. Obviously, I’m not a nurse, but I found it fascinating that both of us immediately went to our “healing toolboxes” … hers of traditionality and mine of au naturel. Who was right? I’d suggest both of us … and I am awaiting and very much looking forward to the day of both consumers and the medical world “getting,” appreciating and recommending the wide array of possibilities to promote the healing journey. I continue to envision this occurring sooner rather than later … bring it on!!

 

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Presentation to the International Harp Therapy Community 

Nov 2014Since 2006, I have played the harp at the hospital bedside in tandem with a Healing Touch instructor/practitioner. We have experienced some amazing results working together! And now we have research to prove it…

For a couple of years, we have been talking about presenting our work together. And now we have that opportunity! In mid-March, we will be at the International Harp Therapy conference in San Diego, CA. As a graduate in the first class of this program, it is an honor to speak to my colleagues. And San Diego in mid-March will be a welcome break from the cold Minnesota winter! Can’t wait…

 

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The Breath of Life…

BreatheAs I continue to reflect on the recent Mayo Clinic holistic wellness conference, I found it interesting that almost every speaker talked about breathing. (And yes, Barb Schommer and I talked about it in our Self-Care Salon that we presented!) She and I had a recent experience with a hospital patient … here’s the story:

We worked with a man who had had a procedure to rid his knee of infection. He had just finished physical therapy so was in some pain (7 out of 10) and was extremely anxious (9). He was worried whether or not the surgery had eliminated the infection and if not, what this meant for next steps. His wife and adult daughter were also in the room.

Barb immediately began doing Healing Touch, specifically energy clearing while I played the harp. About 15 minutes later, he looked like he was crying. I motioned for his wife and daughter to come over to the bed to comfort him – the wife stood opposite Barb and his daughter held his feet.

I whispered to the daughter, “Would he like the song ‘Amazing Grace?’” and she said, “Yes and also ‘O Danny Boy’ – this was the song that he and I danced to at my wedding.” These songs brought tears to everyone present.

Barb also taught him about his breath and how breathing could help him release any fear or pain. As we finished our work together, he was peaceful and very grateful. His pain score was reduced to 4 and his anxiety was also 4.

To discuss breathing with patients and families in the hospital environment always feels like we are giving them a life skill. What an honor to get to do this work!

 

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The Circle of Life

I played the harp yesterday in the hospital where I volunteer. My friend, who does Healing Touch, and I were working together. As we were on the elevator, we spoke with a young man who commented he was going to the second floor where the new babies are. We asked him if he was a new father and he said, “Yes, we had a little girl and this is our third child. I think we are done now!”

My friend and I worked with one woman and then, we were asked to work with a man who was being transferred to a nursing home, going into hospice care. The harp therapy and Healing Touch treatment calmed both the patient and his lovely wife. A sacred time, the whole experience felt very holy.

As my friend finished charting, I put my harp in its case. The young man (who we’d met on the elevator) and his wife with their new baby were strolling past the dying man’s room…the circle of life.

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Healing Harp Meditations

Are you interested in on-line learning?

Tami Briggs and Musical Reflections have partnered with the Daily OM to offer Healing Harp Meditations.” It is a six-week on-line course designed to promote feelings of deep relaxation and peace, and to facilitate life reflection and review.

Each week, you will receive an e-mail that includes: 1) a guided meditation co-created by Barb Thune Schommer, registered nurse and Healing Touch instructor, and Tami Briggs, therapeutic harpist, 2) contemplative exercises, 3) practical applications, 4) reflection with healing music, 5) affirmations, and 6) homework. Click here for more information.

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Beyond Surgery Program

I recently completed coursework from the “Beyond Surgery Program.” After attending the 18 hours of required training, I am now a Surgery Coach Practitioner.

I am networking to locate three surgery patients that I can coach. Once I have completed this, as well as documenting these experiences, I will be a Certified Surgery Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Association.

The “Beyond Surgery Program” has its roots in the following modalities:

  • Healing Touch
  • Anxiety Release Technique®
  • HeartMath®
  • Breathing exercises and other stress reduction techniques
  • Guided Imagery

And I’m excited about the possibilities of incorporating Harp Therapy and the BioMat as I work with patients who are undergoing surgery (or any medical procedure). I will keep you posted (through this blog) on my progress with this new, heart-felt work…

Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Musical Reflections, Healing Harp Music

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Announcing New Research on Harp Therapy and Healing Touch

In May 2006, I began volunteering with Barb Schommer (Certified Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor) at Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, MN.

The Woodwinds’ Integrative Therapies department recently released a research summary of our work together, “The Impact of Healing Touch with Harp Therapy on Inpatient Acute Care Pain: A Retrospective Analysis.”

We are excited to announce very positive results! The complete report will be available soon … please contact me at tami@MusicalReflections.com if you would like a copy.

Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Musical Reflections, Healing Harp Music

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