HeartMath & emWave

The Effectiveness of Harp Therapy

The power of individualizing music for patients through identifying resonant tone, mood, tempo and preferred genre of music can now be seen in the Heartmath heartrate variability program.

After viewing the video, you can see how our thoughts affect our heart rate variability. By relaxing and focusing on our breath we can enter into the green zone. When we enter in the green zone and stay there for 20 minutes a day, we are on the path of well-being, filling our body for the much needed oxygenation for forms of healing.

Take a look at one of the many documents collected from sessions to show what happens when we effectively match resonance, mood, genre of music and breathing tempo.

This was a nurse who volunteered to step forth at a presentation of doctors and nurses. I had asked for someone who was stressed. She stepped out of the room while I explained to the audience what I would do. When she came back in, we set her up with the sensor on her finger and asked her to close her eyes. She did not see the screen.

At the beginning, #1, I simply just played anything on the harp – not matching anything specifically. You can see a peak where she indicated that her mind jumped in and she was thinking about something stressful. Then I started matching her resonant tone, mood, and breathing – #2. She started to climb into the green zone. At #3, I decided to change the resonant tone and play something that was not in harmony with her overall fundamental tone – she started to dip down into the red zone #3. To further show how important it is to match a person, I started to play off her breathing tempo and you can see the change in #4. But when I went back to her resonant tone, mood, and breathing rate, she started to enter back into the green zone #5.

For trained Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioners (CTHPs), it is important that once you find this zone that you continue for 20 minutes to give the recipient the optimum experience of breathing into their body and experiencing the effects of the music. When we get more oxygenation into the body, pain may be less, relaxation occurs, and anxiety lessens. This is likened to the meditation practices of simply focusing on your breath. Music can induce this calmness and that is our aim as Therapeutic Harp Practitioners.

A way of helping people on a long term basis is to carry an iPod Touch and record your sessions with the listener and simply email their OWN SONG to them. Anytime they get stressed, they can go into that place of relaxation and start breathing deeply and take a musical massage for 20 minutes! Or you might want to order the hand held emWave Personal Stress Reliever® to carry with you while you are working with individuals to show them the power of music for relaxation and well-being. – Christina Tourin

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