Healing Music, also called Therapeutic Music, can have a profound effect on people in healthcare institutions. Healing Music enables in-the-moment comfort and relaxation to patients, family members and healthcare professionals.
Healing Music is provided by a Certified Music Practitioner, who personalizes the style and selection of music to fit the needs and conditions of the patient, and constantly adapts the music to fit the patient's changing needs.
Healing Music utilizes the transformative power of music to create an environment in which healing of mind, body, and spirit can happen.
During her internship in the Music for Healing and Transition Program (www.mhtp.org), Anna Belle O'Shea provided Healing Music at six different healthcare institutions, serving more than 125 hospital patients and nursing home residents in the Chicagoland area. She provided in-person music sessions before the COVID-19 shut-down, and virtual sessions during the pandemic.
Healing Music relaxes not only the patient, but also healthcare personnel. It can provide stress reduction for staff, and an increase in employee satisfaction and retention.
Healing Music can help healthcare institutions meet the requirements for providing non-pharmacological pain treatment for their patients.
Patients who receive Healing Music are more “Likely to Recommend” on HCAHPS Surveys.
Greet the new day with uplifting music to boost spirits, focus attention, and enable optimism and joy.
Healing music can alleviate anxiety and ease fears among those who might feel isolated from their families and friends.
In these stressful times, provide relaxing music for your healthcare staff by putting a laptop or iPad at the Nursing Station or Employee Lounge.
People with memory challenges can come to life through the gift of healing music. Side effects can include toe-tapping, swaying to the beat, hand-clapping, ear-to-ear smiling, and overall merriment!
Hospital patients, nursing home residents and their families are experiencing unprecedented feelings of isolation and loneliness because of visiting restrictions. Even when visits are allowed, the protocols of social distancing and masking can make conversation awkward and uncomfortable. Set up a Zoom meeting with patient, family and a healing musician to enable a loving family experience.
Patients in quarantine or isolation, including COVID-19 patients, can experience the restorative properties of healing music, even if they are non-responsive, by putting an iPad or laptop in their room or in the hallway outside their room and providing healing music for them virtually.
Healing music at bedtime can enable relaxation and comfort, leading to a restful night's sleep.
Healing music doesn't have to end with discharge. It can continue virtually when the patient has gone home. This is especially beneficial for those with chronic illnesses.
Healing music can provide relaxation and comfort that eases the life/death transition, even when the person is non-responsive. In these situations, the length of sessions can well exceed the usual 30-minute session based on the needs of the patient and the family.
Through her tears, she said, “You took me back to the Philippines where I saw my deceased parents and grandparents. They said, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’ Thank you!”
“You make Physical Therapy so much easier!"
“Our residents love your music. They just brighten up when you play!”
“Rock your baby to her music. She’ll help you and your baby to relax.”
“Thank you for playing for our sister via FaceTime in her final days when we couldn’t be with her. We heard from the staff how comforting it was.”
"Thank you for your generous presence for my brother. He loved music and you brought him comfort. What more can one ask?"
"It is amazing how you can play entirely different music for two different patients based on their needs and their reactions to the music!"