Music Heals the World!

FacebookWhen CoVid-19 first hit, one of my fellow harp therapists in Italy (Marianne Gubri) started a Facebook group called #MusicHealsTheWorld. What a great idea! And the posts have been so inspirational … truly, amazing to see how the global music community is helping the world heal at this very important time. This community currently has 1.3 million members and it continues to grow!

If you are interested in getting inspired and joining the conversation, look up #MusicHealsTheWorld on Facebook. Welcome to musicians doing their part to contribute to hope and healing.

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Harp/Music Vision!

Harp ConcertIn the last blog post, I talked about I’m a musician who also loves sports!

And interestingly, I had an intense dream as the economy was collapsing connected to the coronavirus. Here’s the dream…

I was in a parking lot and I was talking with several professional sports players. They were lamenting they couldn’t play and consequently, make their huge salaries. I said, “Maybe it’s time for our culture/world to ‘get’ that we need harp therapy and music, and not sports to help us heal.”

I awoke with hope! Perhaps music and musical groups can finally become valued, well paid(!), as well as model teamwork and cooperation. With sports, it is always about competition as someone wins and the other loses. A music concert/event leaves everyone feeling a winner! I believe this dream/vision also includes artists and the entire healing community.

Was my dream a part of the new paradigm that is being created? We’ll see … we can hope, right?!

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Announcing my newest endeavor!

HealI am excited to share my newest endeavor with you – www.YourHealingHappens.com.

As a newly certified Inner Alignment coach with a specialty in trauma and grief, I provide a unique coaching experience to help facilitate your healing journey. Working with all six layers of the body (physical, emotional, mental, energetic, awareness and bliss bodies), clients transform from being stressed and overwhelmed to feeling empowered, balanced and focused. Further, this healing program is designed to facilitate clients expanding and expressing their true essence, awakening to their life purpose and manifesting their heart’s desires. What you “work” on (your life purpose or work, abundance, relationships, health, etc.) is determined by you! It is an eight-week power-packed healing process. Client objectives are customized for each individual and are not limited to, but may include:

  • “Break up” stuck patterns of trauma, grief and pain.
  • Open up possibilities for healing.
  • Help bring you into balance and inner alignment.
  • Release emotional pain from yester-year.
  • Expand your consciousness and increase your ability to hold more light.
  • Attract a better future.

You experience the 1-2 hour weekly sessions from the comfort of your home or office – on the phone or via Zoom (videoconferencing). Text and email support is available throughout the eight weeks of the program. The program includes videos, audios, workbooks and PowerPoints, and begins as soon as payment is received.

Previous clients have said…

  • I am manifesting my life dreams!
  • I’m calmer and not as stressed.
  • I trust my inner knowing.
  • I am more compassionate with myself and others.
  • I am more grounded, balanced and focused … and I’m clearer about my priorities.
  • I feel more in control of my life and I’m taking better care of myself.

If this program resonates with you, I would be honored to facilitate the Inner Alignment process as part of your healing journey. For a limited time, I am accepting scholarships to the Inner Alignment program. Contact me for the application form or for additional information. Click here for my new website and my profile. I look forward to working together!

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Live vs. Recorded Music

Live MusicWhen I present, one of my most frequent questions is “Will recorded music be as good as/helpful as live music?”

Live music offers a personal touch and there’s no substitute for that! Further, live music will almost always be more potent because of the vibrations, the resonance of the instrument and the healing presence of the therapeutic musician.

That said, recorded music that is created with the intention to help in the healing process is much more therapeutic than the TV! Recorded music is also more practical – it has the possibility of reaching many more people for longer durations of time than live musicians.

If you are a hospital administrator, you probably want both live and recorded music in your healthcare setting. Certified harp practitioners playing live at the individual bedside and recorded CDs or licensed music on the closed-circuit TV system is well documented in research annuals as being helpful. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss further.

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Music and Emotions

music and emotionsMusic connects us to our emotions, and can be a way to process and release feelings to help with our healing journey. This is an example.

Before I entered the next patient’s room, two nurses came up and said, “This patient wants to die … he feels hopeless.” I started by playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which is a song of hope. And then, as I played for him, I was very aware of using entrainment (playing slower and s-l-o-w-e-r) so he could rest, sleep (similar to how the CD “Calm as the Night” is created).

As I finished and was moving my harp out of the room, he gently rolled over and quietly said, “I now know I’m going to be just fine.”

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Playing the harp at the hospital and hospice bedside

music jokeOne of my passions is to play the harp at the hospital and hospice bedside. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing a variety of experiences I’ve had. This will give you an idea of the power and potency of this work!

Before I walked in to this female patient’s room, I was told she was very agitated the day before. By the time I played for her, she was heavily medicated and very sedated.

While I played, she was very peaceful and sleepy. I had a sense that she was very sad and perhaps had some dementia. I played Amazing Grace and other familiar songs (which is helpful to demented patients because it brings them into the present moment and while they may not remember anything else, they may still hold music memory – melodies and/or words). The word that came to me as I was playing for her was “protection.” I had the feeling that she was very protected by many angels.

Sometimes, sleep is more difficult in the hospital environment, yet can be the most restorative/healing. That’s where the harp can work its magic … in fact, I always say I’ve done my best work if I put the patient to sleep!! I left her in a peaceful state and helped her drift off to sleep.

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More on Being a Certified Harp Practitioner

harp therapy1In this blog post, we will share the “Scope of Practice” for being a Certified Harp Practitioner.

A Certified Harp Practitioner’s practice is to use the intrinsic healing elements of live harp music to provide an environment conducive to the human healing process. (Healing is defined as movement toward mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness.)

Requirements in the following categories are required to be a Certified Harp Practitioner:

  1. Musicianship
  • Demonstrates/applies knowledge of basic music theory and techniques.
  • Improvises and plays music in a fluid, musical fashion.
  • Plays appropriate repertoire.
  • Is sensitive to the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient.
  1. Professionalism
  • Uses appropriate interpersonal skills, etiquette, and legal, ethical and moral judgment, when interacting with patients, families and hospital/hospice staff; adheres to a strict Code of Ethics. (Stay tuned for our next blog post.)
  • Presents a positive, mature and professional image in manners, communication and dress.
  • Respects diversity of cultural traditions, values and musical preferences.
  • Demonstrates a responsible attitude about personal identification, documentation, scheduling, infection control, hospital equipment and privacy.
  • Focuses on the welfare of the patient above all else in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner.
  • Works within the determined scope of practice of therapeutic musicians; seeks appropriate assistance when needed.
  • Engages in appropriate self-care and continuing education.

If you are interested in learning more or wish to have me play at the hospital or hospice bedside for you or your loved one, please contact me.

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A NEW BioMat Product!!

We are BioMat reps and are excited to introduce a NEW product! It is the BioAmethyst Cushion – perfect at the office, in the car, for meditation, in a chair or on the couch. The uses are endless, but supplies are NOT!! The new BioAmethyst Cushion is the perfect unity of the Mini BioMat and the Quantum Energy Pad featuring:

  • 17 rows of amethyst crystals for natural infrared rays and energy.
  • Peach and grape seed layer for additional infrared rays.
  • Ultra soft, smooth and finer than silk microfiber cover for extra padding and comfort.
  • Moisture resistant and impervious to dust mites.
  • Lightweight, portable and washable.

Dimensions: 18″ x 18″ x 2 1/2″
Weight: 4.4 lbs

Price: $250 + $30 (shipping) through May 23 at 5 p.m. CST
To order: call Tami Briggs at 952-829-1919 (it is so new, it is not available on my website!)
Available while supplies last.

Taking the best elements of the Bio-Mat – amethyst and infrared rays – the BioAmethyst Cushion generates no heat. Perfect for summertime! When you use this cushion, you get the benefits of amethyst crystals – a wonderful stone for meditation and connection to the Divine. Even though you are sitting “on a bed of rocks,” the two cover layers (cotton pad and microfiber outer layer) add padding and comfort.

We know these are likely to sell out fast so contact us today to order yours!
It is a perfect product of healing, comfort, durability and price point.

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More on the BioAcoustic Mat

BioAcoustic MatAs sound healing increases in popularity, the public continues to be more informed and asks for sessions with a variety of instruments – harp, crystal bowls, gongs, Native American flutes, etc. Science is also catching up to share specific benefits of using music therapeutically and as a healing modality.

The BioMat’s parent company company (Richway International) recently introduced the BioAcoustic Mat (which we rep!). It is vibroacoustic therapy for natural relaxation and renewal via certain frequencies connecting to different areas in the body. It does this through a three specially-designed speaker system:

  1. A powerful transducer delivering low frequencies (30-68 Hz) for a deep, large muscle cellular massage.
  2. Two smaller speakers playing higher frequencies (52-88 Hz), targeting small muscle groups.

The BioAcoustic Mat’s sound system vibrates and stimulates the nerves in the spine, deep tissue and limbic systems, and affects brain activity to drive an emotional response of well-being. This combination of music and an elevated emotional state activates the auditory nerves that connects to all of our muscle tissue, helping to induce relaxation on a physiological level.

The music in the BioAcoustic Mat was created by Dr. Lee Bartel. Four categories (energize, relax, sleep and stress relief) and 12 therapeutic tracks allow you to address your personal needs. Tracks include digital instruments to soothing nature sounds and range from 3 to 6+ minutes.

Details of Targeted Benefits

The BioAcoustic Mat comes in two sizes:

  • Professional (fits on a massage table – $3,000 + $60 shipping)
  • Single (fits on a twin bed – $3,500 + $100 shipping).

For more information about either BioMats or the BioAcoustic Mat, contact us at tami@MusicalReflections.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Musical Reflections

Happy ThanksgivingThanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. A time of being in gratitude, we are aware that we have much to be so thankful for:

  • Our many presentations with the opportunity to share harp music and our message of hope and healing.
  • Our wonderful customers who purchase CDs and books to support their journey.
  • Our “other” business called the BioMat. We have met so many great customers to help with their healing journeys. (And we also love the product personally!!)
  • Our flexible schedule to care for aging parents.

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving overflowing with blessings of grace, peace and love.

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