This music was written and performed with the idea of healing and
nurturing. Instead of just listening with your ears, think of your
entire body feeling the vibrations and think of the musical vibrations
massaging you for a deep calming and healing effect.
Janalea Hoffman, composer, music therapist,
and lecturer, started her company, Rhythmic Medicine in 1978 to
explore music as a healing modality. Using the theory that the body
tries to synchronize with external rhythms, she composes music at
exactly 50 and 60 beats a minute to teach people how to synchronize
their own heart and breathing rate to the slow, steady beat of the
music. She has on going research using these musical healing concepts
in clinical settings. The effect of using the specially metered
music is that the person feels an empowerment over their body, including
their pain, thru gaining control of their body rhythms. The music
at this slow steady rate provides them a point of reference to control
their own physiological states.
Flute, piano, cello, viola. 62 minutes.