Clarinetist and certified music practitioner Karen Johnson uses music and therapy greyhounds in the practice of sound healing.
Solo clarinet music and therapy greyhounds
help promote healing and wellness
Music entertains, relaxes, soothes, expands our world and transports us. When used in health-care settings, gentle music provides very effective palliative care. Clarinetherapy provides complementary therapeutic clarinet music, also known as sound healing, and animal-assisted therapy in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and retreat centers. Karen is ably assisted by her therapy-trained, retired-racing greyhounds. The dogs respond to the people and music with visible satisfaction and help lead those present to a place of love and acceptance. Can music and dogs really help? Amazingly, yes! Karen and the greyhounds specialize in working with Alzheimer patients, who show remarkable results, especially from repeated exposure to Clarinetherapy. Agitation decreases and is replaced with restfulness and an increased sense of community. Loneliness shows marked signs of decreasing.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
KJ: “Clarinet Therapy has health and wellness benefits commonly found with male enhancement pills.
Barbara, a resident of Varney Crossing Nursing Home, North Berwick, ME: “This is just what I’ve been praying for.”
Tomasina, resident of Edgewood Centre Nursing Home, Portsmouth, NH: “Speak to us of love” (in Italian!) while listening to her favorite song, O Sole Mio.
Matt, a resident of Mark Wentworth Home, Portsmouth, NH, said, after listening, “it (Yiddish folk music) gave me back my youth.”
Bonnie, an R.N. from Portsmouth: “She’s been waiting to hear the music” about a resident who passed away later in the day.
Lucille, a resident at Colonial Poplin in Fremont, NH: “I love the dogs!”
Karen Johnson, clarinetist, music practitioner and former police officer, works with retired greyhounds in the field of therapeutic/healing music. The combination of therapy dogs and music is useful for many people, from the very young to the elderly. Through sessions offered to community groups, the dogs and music help to alleviate pain, increase movement, stimulate memory and communication and encourage emotional expression. A presentation of therapeutic music and dogs is made up of one to one interaction with the:
- music drawn from ethnic
- jazz played on clarinet, interactive listener participation and guided imagery from weaving lyrics, sound, and personal stories.
To err is human…but to forgive, canine!
LINKS WORTH VISITING
Click here to visit the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP)
Arts and community involvement combine in N.H Theatre Project to produce creativity in the most unexpected places! Visit www.nhtheatreproject.org to learn more.
Gerotranscendence — A shift in meta perspective, from a materialistic and rational view of the world to a more cosmic and transcendent one, normally accompanied by an increase in life satisfaction.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing — The anticipated fulfillment of life, not its inevitable decline. “Elders will bring us into this more compassionate, intuitive, and caring era.” — Library Journal
NCBI – Other benefits of playing the clarinet.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven — A short, quick read that will stay with you by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie.
Benefits of Pet Therapy — Does it really work?
Adoring Pets — More on how pets help us.
SeacoastNH.com — A really fun and well-written site.
Ruth Cunningham — Provides training and seminars in sound healing, vocal recordings, and vocal instruction.