More Thoughts on Zoom…

Zoom LogoIn the last blog post, I discussed using Zoom for presentations/performances. And frankly, my somewhat negative experiences using it for those purposes.

On a more positive note, where I have seen Zoom work very well:

  • My therapeutic harp lessons – I have been working with students who already play the harp, but are interested in learning more about playing at the hospital and hospice bedside.
  • Virtual harp therapy – I wrote about this in an earlier blog. I am excited to offer this as a virtual healing modality and the opportunities are endless … around the globe!

So, CoVid-19 has blessed us with many changes and using technology, specifically Zoom, in some beautiful, unique ways. I am grateful to be here at this amazing time in our human evolution! If you are interested in additional information for either of these, I look forward to connecting.

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Virtual Harp Therapy

Music NoteIn the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) Facebook group, we have been discussing if harp therapy is effective virtually. I had a personal experience to say “YES, it is!”

I have been teaching therapeutic harp lessons for harpists who want to improve their musicality and learn more about playing the harp at the hospital and hospice bedside. One of my students is from the Netherlands and in one of her lessons, she played a Schubert lullaby for me. As she played, I became aware of a painful area in my lower back and I “sent” the harp vibrations to the sore spot. I could literally feel it dissolve.

It was an incredible first-hand experience of how virtual harp therapy (on Zoom) is powerful and healing…almost as good as in person! I believe this opens up many opportunities and possibilities for therapeutically trained musicians. If you would like to explore virtual harp therapy sessions, please reach out and let’s connect!

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About Your Health and The BioMat

Pro BioMat Set with New ControllerI was recently talking to one of the BioMat distributors on my team and her comment/observation was, “Never has there been a more important time to pay attention to your health!”

I know from personal BioMat use and serving many customers, the BioMat is an important component to many peoples’ health and healing. CoVid and the need to boost our immune system heightens our need to use the BioMat. A unique blend of three healing elements, the BioMat utilizes far infrared heat, amethyst crystals and negative ions.

If you are interested in more information about how the BioMat can help you and your health journey, let’s connect!

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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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