The Healing Power of Music

By Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist

Therapeutic music is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to create a healing environment for you and your family. We live in a busy, fast-paced world and this frenetic, stressful pace can take a toll on our brain and bodies. Since at least 60% of all illnesses are stress-related, relaxing music can play a role in reducing stress, creating a calming effect. The harp is a perfect instrument for relaxation—it naturally soothes and comforts, and moves you to your peaceful core.

Music can be a powerful healing modality, especially when we use it with intention. As a therapeutic harpist and founder of Musical Reflections, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, my mission is to provide products and services to enhance and support the healing journey—all offerings focus on relaxation, stress reduction, and deep peace.

While the harp is a healing instrument, it is paradoxical—it is so gentle, yet at the same time it is extremely powerful. It relaxes and calms us, yet touches us in deep places where healing needs to happen, almost like a mental massage. There is an important difference between familiar music and non-familiar (non-recognizable) music, especially how it connects to brain health.

Research has shown that hospitalized patients who received therapeutic harp treatment had a significant increase in their quality of life. Auditory neural impulses respond in unique ways to sound wave frequency and the timbre of music. These impulses can cause changes in the brain that may mediate changes in anxiety level and blood pressure.*

While benefits abound from listening to harp music, playing the harp can also be beneficial. Learning to read music and play an instrument are excellent exercises for our brains that keep them sharp as we age. Harp music is comforting, soothing and beautiful; it is also healing and can help us relax and even sleep. May you experience many musical blessings as you incorporate healing, relaxing music in your daily life.

*Science Direct, May 2015, Volume 49, Issue 5, pages 836-845

Tami Briggs is a therapeutic harpist and in 1999, she founded Musical Reflections located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a certification from the International Harp Therapy Program and has played the harp at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients.

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