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Connecticut now has a unique and deeply therapeutic musical intervention: Therapeutic Harp Music, as delivered by psychologist and Certified Music Practitioner, Marcie Swift. Imagine lying on a massage table, being soothed and healed by the ancient and therapeutic sound and vibrations of the Celtic harp. Whether pain, stress, insomnia, depression or illness is your concern, or if you simply need a special musical sanctuary to soothe each molecule of your being with comfort and bliss, you will enjoy harp therapy as the ultimate musical massage. As you feel each muscle in your body relax with the soothing notes, a gentle voice speaks in images that heal and embrace you with healthy energy. Swift combines relaxation therapy, guided imagery, and meditation along with the gift of healing harp music.
Studies show that harp therapy can equalize and slow down brain waves; affect respiration, heartbeat, and pulse; reduce muscle tension; and improve body movement. Premature babies who have received harp therapy are able to drink more of their mother’s milk and gain weight more rapidly, resulting in earlier departure times from the hospital. Harp therapy increases endorphin levels, regulates stress-related hormones, boosts the immune system, and stimulates digestion and the overall feeling of well-being.
Therapeutic musicians help to create a relaxed, healing environment through live music, which studies find to be even more effective than recorded music.
A recent client remarked that therapeutic harp “soothed away chronic pains in my legs, and helped create deeper sleep and relaxation.” Having suffered from insomnia for years, and having kept her husband awake, too, as a result, Swift taught the patient specific breathing and relaxation exercises coupled with therapeutic harp music. Later the patient was given a special CD to be played before sleep. The intervention worked, and the patient commented,” I was amazed at how quickly and deeply I was able to sleep. My husband is relieved!”
Throughout the ages the healing power of harp music has been documented through art, religion, and literature. The harp is one of the most ancient instruments and known for its gentle and soothing sound. In the Bible, the shepherd David was asked to play his harp for King Saul to soothe him of his rages and despair.
Currently, healing music is being utilized in spas, hospitals, hospice care, nurseries, cancer clinics, and operating rooms with profound results. We are fortunate to have in the Berkshires this unique and transformative intervention.
Marcie Swift was trained through the Music for Healing and Transition Program, where she learned to improvise on modes, scales and chord progressions, according to patient needs. Swift often extends or adapts musical pieces to differing rhythm, meter and tempo, depending upon the patient’s condition. Often she creates her own music. “Each patient presents the opportunity to create a musical collage completely spontaneously, making the work even more interesting.”
Swift mentions, “I was initially somewhat skeptical when learning of the impact of therapeutic harp upon patients. During my internship at a local hospital, I conducted research with hip replacement patients, immediately following surgery. Before playing my harp, patients reported stress and pain levels of 9 and 10, on a scale of 1 to 10. Following ten minutes of harp therapy, all patients reported stress and pain levels down to 0, 1 and 2. I knew then that I was on the right track.”
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