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Expressive Therapies

Music as Medicine

According to a growing body of research, listening to or making music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. Performing or listening to music activates a variety of structures in the brain that are involved in thinking, sensation, movement, and emotion. This type of brain activity may have physical and psychological benefits. 

IMG_3218Music can encourage social connection at a live concert, motivate you through a workout, or even help you fall asleep. A board-certified music therapist can help you deepen your connection to and understanding of how music impacts well-being. Music therapists can help you find the best intervention and “dose” to positively impact your health and provide a form of healing. Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses evidence-based music interventions to address therapeutic healthcare goals. A 2022 systematic review and meta-analysis showed that the use of music interventions (listening to music, singing, and music therapy) can create significant improvements in mental health, and smaller improvements in physical health-related quality of life.


Music Therapy Classes

sound therapyAccording to the Global Council on Brain Health, music impacts different regions of the brain including those involved in hearing/listening, movement, attention, language, emotion, memory, and thinking skills.
Listening to and making music can help us change our emotional state, improve our moods, and even help us manage stress. Music is truly one of the only mediums that gives our brain a full workout. It requires us to be present with ourselves while encouraging us to be in relationship with others, both key components of healthy lifestyles and wellness.

Enroll in music therapy sessions to experience the power of creating music with others. No prior musical experience necessary.

Wellness in Tune classes are currently on hold. All classes are offered weekly at no cost to patients and their caregivers. Learn more about Integrative Medicine Classes

    Educational Opportunities through the University of Cincinnati

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    2022 Optimize Your Wellbeing Community Symposium
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    2023 Sound Immersion During An Evening of Wellness in Ault Park
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