My Harp Heals
Harp Therapy is a form of Music Therapy that uses the vibrations and the sound of the harp to create an environment conducive to the healing process.
Therapeutic music is used to promote health and wellness on all levels, attending to the individual’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
Martha offers monthly group lessons for enrolled students via Zoom or in class. Beginner harp lessons are available.
Martha Lawrance, harp therapist, offers workshops to educate audiences about music and the healing process. She shares her experiences in various health care settings with live musical examples
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Harp Therapy at Toronto Grace Hospital
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About Martha Lawrance
Martha Lawrance is a graduate of the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) accredited by the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians (NSTBTM) and is certified as a Therapeutic Harp Practitioner. She has studied with Arpaterapia Imaginative (Guided Imagery Harp Therapy) with leading Italian Harp Therapist Ludwig Conistabile.
Benefits Of Harp Therapy
- Can relieve depression, fear and anxiety
- Pain distraction or management
- Creates memories and facilitates social interaction
- Emotional expression and release
- Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- Communication-reaches all people
- Relaxation and sleep
- Can aid digestion
- Supports family
The “circle” aspect is to learn to play the harp by ear, improvise or play pieces together at your own level be it a single note, chord or melody. The facilitator will guide you by the needs and requests of the group as a whole. Everyone is encouraged to play and will soon realize and use this circle as a way of self-healing and de-stressing while surrounded by healing vibrations.
- Friendship and social interaction
- Joy of music
- Emotional expression
- Creative outlet
- Bilateral coordination
- Cognitive stimulation
- Balance and flexibility
I had never seen the work of a harp therapist and the impact it can have on agitated clients. I witnessed, first hand, how she was able to effortlessly calm down and refocus my agitated client who suffered from Alzheimer's-just by playing her harp!
I will never forget the change in my client's behavior and her mood. I saw her smile and move her body as she listened to the music! It was beautiful! The melodic sounds from the Martha's harp literally transformed my client from severe emotional discomfort and distress to a state of relaxation and happiness. Martha's strong belief, commitment and expertise on the harp can help people improve their mood.
My patient was totally engaged and either hummed or sang along, demonstrating the therapeutic effectiveness of the harp and the practitioner. Most importantly, I witnessed this positive outcome with my client. I have recommended Martha to other clients that suffer from mental health and cognitive problems!!
Zoe Levitt, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Martha plays for our residents once a week and it’s a time that they all look forward to.
Martha is clearly a talented harpist but she has many other strengths as well- she’s very friendly and engaging and she is great at getting the residents involved.
Her creativity is shown in her well thought out programs; in one instance she can put residents at ease with her classical pieces and another instance she is getting them to move and shake to upbeat sing a longs songs. She is a joy and an asset to our facility.
Faith E. and Rachel S., Recreation assistants
Martha is an amazing harp teacher. I began harp lessons with her in early 2020 (just prior to the pandemic). As a beginner adult harpist and someone with little childhood music training, Martha's focus and skill in teaching technique and the fundamentals, as well as her encouraging style have provided me with the perfect blend of instruction to help me learn and grow as a harpist.
I love that in addition to being a musician and harp teacher, Martha is an accredited harp therapist, as it has helped me develop an appreciation of the deeper effects of harp music on health and wellness, and how it can provide comfort to others.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have such a wonderful harp teacher, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone!