What is Musical Therapy?
Musical therapy can be a powerful tool while fighting the symptoms of both physical and mental ailments - but what is it?
Musical Therapy, as defined by the Music Therapy Association of Ontario (MTAO) is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
The nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities of music are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate engagement, self-awareness and expression, communication, and personal development.
Guitars are a common tool of musical therapy.
While musical therapy won’t cure the underlying medical issue, it can improve the quality of life for the individual by reducing pain and providing a positive coping mechanism.
This totally non-invasive therapy can help with both physical or mental ailments - from improving the gait and rhythm while walking for stroke victims, to helping those struggling with verbal communication express themselves.
Musical therapy has also shown to help those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s:
“Since long term memory is the last go go, a clinician will use songs from an individual's childhood and formative years to capture the individual's attention and from there engage them to task be it, reality orientation, physical movements, verbal communication, or musical skill.” - Roxanne, Live Love Life Music
While some musical therapy techniques involve actually playing music, the skills and processes around music can also be used. A clinician can use music intervention, such as lyrical analysis, songwriting, breathing techniques, toning and chanting, as well as guided music meditation to help an individual explore and express their emotions - and accomplish their wellness goals.
Songwriting playing instruments are techniques used in musical therapy.
Roxanne and her team at Live Love Life Music Therapy have the experience and qualifications to help you or someone you love discover the power of music therapy.
Visit their website HERE for more information, or contact Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.