Where Words Fail, Music Speaks
Music whether listening, studying, learning, or playing can be the soundtracks of our lives. It can bring back memories or create new ones. Music is an art and at Balance House, it is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.
Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves through words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
The eras of our lives can be painted through music. Think about it…most of us have a few songs that, when heard, teleport us back to times in the past. Some of the memories we long for, others we feel sorrow. Some music can remind us of those who are no more, or allow us to imagine those yet to come. Music is a time machine, a story, an expression, and in many ways, a healer.
Our intention is not to teach about music, although we do have the ability to do that. In many ways, we would much rather learn from you. Our intention is to allow space for those who live for music, using it as their expression and creative outlet. It is to allow you to show who you are through your music. Maybe you’ll find a love for music, maybe you won’t. But the opportunity is here if you want it.