I believe in the power of the harp to soothe, calm, and comfort, to lift the spirit and bring joy, and to release grief and emotion.
Doctors and hospitals the world over are recognizing the unique properties of the harp to bring healing to their patients. Heart rate and blood pressure can be lowered as the overall countenance is lifted. Hospitals can be stressful places indeed; you have the condition that brought you there in the first place, the worry that may accompany it, the toxic cacophony of beeps and buzzes and the hustle and bustle of the hospital routine and it is anything but a relaxing environment. The harp can usher in a peaceful ambience. The harp by the bedside has been shown to help alleviate pain and speed recovery from surgery. It works as an audio analgesic, if you will, or a sonic tonic.
I have worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for a number of years as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner allowing the soothing strains of the harp strings to bring rest and relaxation to the patients and their caregivers.
One of the most profound honors I have experienced through my harp playing has been in assisting the dying in their journey and transitions from this life to the next. The harp has the power to help release emotions and help the patient let go. It is helpful as well for the family and caregivers as it creates an atmosphere providing comfort and peace.
If I can serve you or a loved one in this way, know you can trust me to be compassionate, respectful and confidential.