It was this experience of watching others' reactions to the harp that motivated Tami to study at the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP). There participants learn how to take the harp into hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes. After completing the IHTP, Tami eventually overcame her life long fear of hospitals and began playing at the bedside. She has played for patients with a wide variety of illnesses.
Tami has been privileged to witness many examples of the healing power of therapeutic harp music.
Ã‚Â§ When she plays medical staff frequently comment, "I didn't administer any additional medical therapies and the patient's vital signs just improved."
Ã‚Â§ Upon "awakening" from a 30-day coma (Tami played on Day 23), a middle-aged man spoke of not remembering anything except hearing harp music.
Ã‚Â§ Summoned by the family of a dying man, Tami was asked to play while he transitioned from this life to the next. He died while she was playing.
While other cultures have used complementary care modalities for years, the United States is just beginning to recognize how music (and other complementary care therapies) can augment the healing process. Because of music's potency and power, it can be used to help heal, connect, and support.
Tami is the founding principal of Musical Reflections, a company whose mission is to provide therapeutic music to facilitate healing, transformational growth, and well-being for those experiencing life transitions.
Tami Briggs, founding principal of Musical Reflections, Inc., is a therapeutic harpist, composer, recording artist, and national speaker. She has played the harp at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients, using her musical experience and her clinical training to address the immediate needs of the patient, the patient's loved ones, and the professional staff. Tami is currently involved in a scientific research study measuring the benefits of live harp music on oncology patients.
A dynamic facilitator and presenter, she works with both large and small groups educating them about the healing properties of harp music. She has completed 11 CDs; Grace Notes: Reflections on the Harp and Healing is her first book.
WHAT LISTENERS HAVE SAID ABOUT "BLESSINGS TO YOU":
"This has to be one of the most relaxing works I've ever heard in my life. So gentle, and it becomes increasingly gentle. I couldn't imagine a patient lying in a hospital and not falling asleep to this. They would be powerless to resist it."
"I am really impressed. I didn't know the harp could be played with such expression and emotion! They are so exquisite. You have developed a truly great technique to perform and record for the special needs of your harp therapy program, and for great easy listening in any quiet or meditative state.
"I am in a place where it's hard to relax. The best thing I have found is to do yoga with your Blessings CDÃ¢Â€Â¦what a blessing that you are in this world, and put your music and talent and soul out there for peopleÃ¢Â€Â¦thank you!"
"I love the new Blessings CD. I've been playing it non-stop for massage sessions ever since I got it. Love it! It really knocks people out (in a good way!). That CD is going to travel a lot of placesÃ¢Â€Â¦it will help heal many hearts, too."
"Your album Blessings is wonderful. The peace and serenity you evoke is awesome. It will be among my favorites to play during healing touch sessions. Thank you for these compositions and for sharing such intimate music with the world."
"I am simply overwhelmed-your music is truly an inspiration to me. As I listened I felt my mind ease and heart open to welcome my 30's with peace and a sense of hope. "Illumination" is my favorite-it's amazing how music has the ability to help us ascend beyond what we thought possible."
"My daughter listened to Blessings a lot and told me about it. As I was looking through some of my daughter's belongings before she passed on, I found it and listened to it. I liked it so much, I had it played at her funeral. So now, every time I want to feel close to her, I play that CD."
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