a 4 minute sample trailer of our documentary "Therapeutic
The full length 3-DVD
set "Therapeutic Harp"
is available here.
(VAHT) works by
vibrating and resonating with the tissues of the body, thereby
affecting physiological processes. It also affects the mental,
emotional and energetic or spiritual aspects of the individual. The
harp’s wide range of frequencies and overtones are capable of
vibrating the dense, physical body as well as its energetic
counterpart, providing multi-level stimulation and
harp is made of natural materials that resonate with the human body.
There is an obvious benefit when one is in the presence of a harp. The
natural, aesthetic beauty of the form of the instrument, and its
production of warm, full-frequency analog musical information
dramatically contrasts with the sterile feel of a CD player with its
digitized, recorded music.
VAHT is often described as a musical
massage. During a VAHT session, live harp music is amplified through a
sound table, chair or vibrotactile device. Clients are asked to focus
on areas of tension/pain in the body, while specific tones that
resonate in those areas are identified. Each client experiences the
musical tones in different ways at different times; therefore the
therapy is a very dynamic process and is tailored to the unique
individual. Appropriate music is improvised or selected, based on the
client’s needs. When the client is relaxed, abstract thinking
slows and awareness expands. VAHT often produces responses such as deep
relaxation, dream-like imagery, pain and tension reduction, increased
energy, increased body awareness, and feelings of being nurtured.
Imagery often provides new awareness, positive reframing and/or
processing and integration of psychological material. The
client/therapist interaction allows for immediate responses in the
course of the session.
client’s response to VAHT could also
1. Coherence (resonance and entrainment/synchronization among diverse
physiological systems in the body)
2. Absorption of energy
Stimulation / Balancing of Ch'i energy
4. Lymphatic stimulation
and stress reduction (from neuro-endocrine changes; interrupted impulse
transmission along pain pathways; increase in low alpha brainwave
activity; muscular relaxation; decreased blood pressure, heart rate and
6. Perceptual changes (i.e. synaesthesia)
7. Mood elevation
VAHT is a
non-pharmacological approach to treating pain, stress and
anxiety, and is has virtually no side-effects. The level of receptivity
of the client can affect the outcome of the session, as is the case
with most interventions. During the usual 30 to 60-minute sessions,
clients generally note significant symptom reduction within the first
20 minutes of the session. Although no controlled studies have been
performed to date and further research is needed.
In a review of 16
client sessions, Williams noted that pain/tension levels in all areas
of the clients bodies were reduced by an average of 3 points on a
subjective 1-9 rating scale, with legs, back and shoulders realizing
the greatest amount of tension reduction.