October, 2009

In This Issue:
  • Music Medicine and Music Healing
  • Headphones or Music?
  • I've come full-circle!
  • About Alice Cash

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     Music Medicine and Music Healing

One of the most frequent questions I get has to do with the differences between music healing, music medicine, music therapy and sound healing.  Although they are all similar in intent and practice, each one is a little different...and let me rush to say that my definitions of these practices won't necessarily be the same as another person's definitions.  Anyway, here we go:

Music healing:  the use of music, preferably live music but also recorded music, to decrease symptoms of physical, emotional and spiritual pain.  This music can be presented by a practitioner but could also be self-administered, i.e., when I'm feeling sad, fearful or angry, I go to the piano and play favorite comforting music for myself.  It could be Bach, Mozart, hymns, Christmas carols or anything that I've known and loved for a long time.  When I do this for someone else, I rely on them to tell me what music is meaningful and comforting to them.

Music Medicine:  this is probably a little more technical and a little more specific.  I think of music medicine when I work with specific illnesses or health crises like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, surgery preparation or working with preemies.  A little deeper knowledge of music and how it affects the mind and the body is required.

Music Therapy:  the work done by music therapist is very specific and one can actually earn a degree in music therapy.  Music therapists work with many of the same populations as music medicine practitioners and they also often conduct research in these areas.  Music therapists are often employed by healthcare facilities and work with hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

Sound Healing:  Also known as vibrational healing, sound healing focuses a lot on the healing effect of specific vibrations on the body.  Drumming, toning, and crystal bowls would be examples of the use of sound and vibrations to bring about healing, or a decrease of symptoms in the mind, body, and spirit.

Of all the things I have researched and learned about in this exciting field of music medicine, the music for surgery is the most exciting for me because I have been able to get a patent and create something that did not exist previously.  Still, I know that not everyone is anticipating surgery anytime soon and so I don't want to bore you with info each month on the surgery headphones.

As a result of my deep interest in these topics and as a result of being a life-long musician and performer, I have created CD's, downloads, and courses in the following areas.  I also now have a Christmas CD that includes all my own favorite Christmas music.  To see these products, go to www.HealingMusicEnterprises.com/products.html.  In a few weeks I will send out a special downloadable package offer that will included a sampling of all my products at a greatly reduced price.

If there is something specific that YOU would like for me to included in this package, let me know now!

  • Babies and Preemies
  • Alzheimer's and other dementias
  • Parkinson's
  • Mozart Effect
  • Addictions and Recovery
  • Baby boomers
  • Surgery

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     Headphones or Music
There are two primary ways that you can experience music during surgery right now: I'm offering the wireless, cordless headphones online that are pre-programmed with my scientifically chosen, patented music OR you can purchase just a download of the music for half the price!  Just last week, as woman from Australia downloaded the music and had this to say:
 
I am an emergency room nurse and have looked at music therapy in many forms over the years. I have also worked as an anesthetic technician where my interests in playing music to unconscious patients took a deeper interest.

I purchased your music for a friend who was undergoing a relatively minor procedure but none the less it was a GA (general anesthesia) and she had not had one before.

Her recovery was amazing.
     Absolute minimal pain relief ( 2X 200mg ibuprofen).

Her total recovery emotionally, mentally and physically was smooth short and uncomplicated.

So thank you for putting together such an effective product!

Willow Francis
Fremantle, Australia

  


Of course if you download the music to your own iPod or MP3 player you don't get the benefit of cordless headphones, but you do get the benefit of the music!  And there are lots more testimonials just like this from the people who are using them with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's patients and to calm children in hospitals, schools, and home!  Eventually I hope to market them to hospitals and surgical centers so that patients will automatically be issued a headset upon admission, but you don't have to wait for that.  Go now to www.surgicalheadphones.com

To learn more about music in surgery, go to www.surgery-with-music.blogspot.com.

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     I've come full circle!

A few nights ago I had a once in a lifetime experience. The dear man who has been my mentor in the field of music medicine for twenty years now, was in the hospital recovering from an emergency appendectomy, and I was able to deliver him a set of my surgery headphones to use during his recovery! If it were not for Dr. Arthur Harvey, these headphones would not exist and now, he got to benefit from them!

 Dr. Harvey reported that the quality of music was "amazing" and as I stood there talking with his son, Dr. Harvey was smiling and singing along with the favorite hymns I had put on just for him! Needless to say I am thrilled to be able to help the man who is responsible for my being where I am in this wonderful profession and am trusting that he will continue to recover and maybe do so faster and with less pain, thanks to the music he taught me about long ago!
 

If you're interested in knowing more about Mozart and the so-called Mozart Effect and how to implement it, go to http://www.healingmusicenterprises.com/Mozart_Effect_Special.html.

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    http://www.surgery-with-music.blogspot.com

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     About Alice Cash
For nearly two decades, I've has been helping people use the music that they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness quotient!  I am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold  Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance, a Ph.D. in musicology and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work.  I am also a licensed clinical social worker. I work with people and diagnoses of all kinds, enabling them to find healing, acceptance and hope.  To hear me speak, and watch me in action "is to have a day that will amaze, educate, motivate, and inspire you!"  To hire me for your association or organization click here

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