Harp Therapy & GIM (Guided Imagery)
This method combines the vibrational and resonating power of the harp with GIM techniques and voice. Creative visualization and deep relaxation aims at enhancing our ability to reconnect with ourself. It can be adapted to suit various therapeutic intervention needs such as stress management, PTSD treatment, meditation or yoga and mindfulness practice.
Once deeply relaxed the listener is transported through a series of visualizations, guided with harp and voice prompts. Participants create their own journey much like an artist of the mind, and finish with peaceful images and feelings to keep with them to return to when needed. Allow yourself to daydream!!
Sound Cocoon – Deep Relaxation
This is a guided verbal deep relaxation session with focus on our attention to the resonance of the harp , long sounds, space and pulse. This is offered briefly at the beginning of the GIM session but can stand alone for complete relaxation minus the creative journey.
Individual and group sessions are offered, and can be adapted to suit the participants.
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Brainwaves and Relaxation
A Harp Therapist follows the breathing patterns of the client and synchronizes with beat to eventually slow the rhythm into a deep relaxation state and ultimately into sleep.
Entrainment, as the music slows we are progressing through the acronym of brain waves : Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta & Delta.
As the tempo (tempo) of the music slows, the brain (body) move from action and activity to deep relaxation and sleep.
Where words fail, music speaks. – Hans Christian Anderson
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!