Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Music & the Arts in Healing

A pleasant contrast to an earlier post on hospital food, heard a great piece on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition this morning:

An instrument to soothe the soul
MPR | Link

"A small company in Stillwater has given birth to a new musical instrument called the Reverie Harp, which is so easy to play that anyone can make beautiful music. The harp is becoming a hit with therapists, patients and their loved ones, who use it to calm stressful times."

About a month ago, MPR ran another related story, Artists Ease the Pains of Recovery. This profiles a group of over-50 artists that work with trauma patients using a variety of creative tools: drawing, music, poetry, etc.

Both are beautiful examples of sensory stimulation and its potentially positive impact on human emotion, health, and overall well-being.

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