Music Therapy works effectively as a primary modality, but also compliments other forms of support, making it an ideal adjunct to traditional talk therapy or any wellness maintenance regimen. If your progress has stalled using a more traditional method, if you’ve found it’s just time for a fresh approach to healing, or just resonate with a creative medium, Music Therapy might be just the thing for you. The inclusion of music in the therapeutic process enables a strong bond between the emotional and rational sections of the brain. This makes it particularly effective for processing trauma and grief, or any challenge that does not respond well to purely rational problem solving.
Not to worry! Music Therapy is not actually about music performance. It is not a music lesson; no musical ability is required, at all. Its process is intuitive and not about skill, preferences or a musical product. That being said, we are ALL musical by the nature of living in our human bodies. Your heart beats in rhythm, your voice has a melodic lilt, our bodies respond to music without any instruction at all. A large part of the skill and training of a qualified Music Therapist is about setting you up for a successful experience and helping you make sense of what is revealed by working with music in this way. There are many intervention styles, ranging from live improvisation to experiencing recorded music –and oh, so much in between!–so the possibilities are endless. All you need is an open mind and willing spirit.
In order to process music, we use both sides of the brain. This is called binaural engagement. By stimulating the entire brain in the therapeutic change process (instead of, for example, just one side when we talk), individuals can integrate both logic and emotions. Think of it as one side helping the other. Our brain holds memories of how we act and react in life’s situations. Literally, like the memory cache in a computer, new neural pathways are created when we make different choices at the height of emotional responses. The brain then begins to default to the new, healthier pattern. It’s not magic; it’s science!
Everyone connects to music differently. Culture, preference, life experience and other factors all play a part in what type of music moves you, and how you choose to experience it. What connects us universally, though, is the healing power of music. Everyone has natural rhythms inside themselves and songs that hold special meaning and auditory memory. At H.O.P.E. Wellness Studio we believe everyone is musical and everyone can benefit from using music to unlock personal truths.