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The Healing Touch of Music by Alana Woods

The Healing Touch of Music: An Exploration

Shared on February 16th, 2011
By Alana Woods

Music… It affects your mood, your brain, and your consciousness. Discover more in The Healing Touch of Music: An Exploration. Journey with author Alana Woods from ancient to modern times and learn how prescriptive sound brings healing, health, and wholeness. This book enlivens the lay person or professional and is a must for every musician.

Easy to read and understand with useful diagrams and illustrations and music suggestions.

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Here is what some reviewers have said:

Congratulations goes to you for your splendid book. It is the finest comprehensive outlay of data on the subject I have ever seen. I speak from the heart with genuine admiration for your text. It really should be in university classes on the subject. It will be invaluable during their training and professional practice, to shore up their own sensitivity and Perception. – Lois Parker, Ph.D., English professor, Texas

I would highly recommend your book to anyone interested in learning principles of choosing music to assists therapeutic change. Your explanations of several types of music-based therapies showing effects of music on emotions, brain function, and physiology are textbook clear. The addition of historical persepctive as well as personal stories make this a fascinating read. Congratulations!
– Joan Pritchard, RN, Music Therapist, Arizona

Finally we have it! More than theory, beyond thesis, this primer is a synthesis of Alana’s knowledge and experience. Alana shares distilled and integrated thoughts surrounding sound and healing in lay language that echoes in the soul like our mother tongue.:It flows. This book and CD are like a crystal clear stream refreshing, nourishing. We may not step into it at the very same place each time but each time there is something new. I anxiously await volume two! – Betty Butler, MA, CMP, Ct, Heartside Theraharpist, New Mexico

Alana Woods, classically trained in piano and harp, also has a background in the healing arts, as artist and musician, and was formerly a Unity Minister. She has studied with leading pioneers in music healing and consciousness, evolving her own work. Traveling and teaching the the US, Greece and Ireland, her workshops included the effects of music and sound on the body, brain, and consciusness. Her home is in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico.

Interwoven throughout this book and attached teaching CD, are highlights exploring the uses of prescriptive sound. There are example of different approaches taken in western and nonwestern cultures to utilize the amazing power of sound to bring health and wholeness. The author uses her own personal journey to discover and harness music for the purposes of healing. As well, she gives insights into establishing clarity as to why, what and how the elements of sound, rhythm, melody,harmony and form, when produced naturally, electronically and acoustically, serve to affect the mind-brain body systems for the ultimate purpose of enhancing wellness. Both ancient and modern approaches as well as current methods and resources in exploring future trends and programs are given, in the development of a new science of music, as it relates to healing.

Shared by Alana Woods

Alana has studied the arts from a very early age with private teachers: piano throughout childhood, art as a college major, and harp as an adult. Her professional background is as versatile as her interests. Besides the arts she has lived this life directing several centers as an ordained Unity Minister, studied Hypnotherapy, Pre-and Perinatal Psychology, Family Soul healing, Psychoacoustics, brain dominance, healing arts of Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and Music Practitioner, with certifications in most of them. She is an independent researcher in “prescriptive sound” or music medicine, a storyteller with harp and stories from indigenous cultures.

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