Sunday, November 20, 2011

Something Different

Few people have heard of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy or VAHT. Sarajane Williams, of Planet Harp here in Macungie, has pioneered a new modality which is being used for pain management, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, general relaxation, end of life and hospice care, and many other issues.

Described as a "musical massage," the client lies on a sound table, mat, or sits in a special chair where the sound of the live harp is amplified through the device. As the harpist plays, the vibrations induce a feeling of relaxation, pain reduction and decreased anxiety. About once a year, Sarajane conducts a training course for harpists who want to learn this modality and play for patients in a clinical setting. I am privileged to lecture on "Harps in the Clinical Setting" for this course, and cover topics such as hospital policies, charting, infection control and procedures, dealing with the medical staff, HIPPA, and interpreting monitor readings.

Here are some photos of the latest course, conducted a couple of weeks ago. Getting acquainted with wine and cheese on Friday night. The classes are very small, only 6 to 8 harpists. The practitioners come from all over the world. 
This lady came from Germany. Others in this class came from Canada, Montana, Oklahoma, Georgia - one was local - from Pennsylvania.
Sarajane discussing VAHT.
Hermes is the resident Golden Retriever. He manages to lie in front of whatever harp is playing to feel the vibrations in the floor.
 As you might guess, he is a very mellow guy.
A client receiving harp therapy.
On Sunday, actual "clients" from the community came to receive VAHT. This give the students a chance to practice their new skills and see the great results obtained from a short session of harp therapy. As you can imagine, I love to be a "client." My back pain responds well to VAHT.
It was a fun and informative weekend.
For more information, go to Planet Harp here.
Love, Linda 



  1. This is very interesting....I would love to try this!

  2. OH DEAR! OH DEAR!!!! I PLAY THE HARP TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dearest, this is amazing to run into you; I want to thank you for visiting me last night! And that house in the header, my goodness, that is stunning! AND YOU HAVE DOGS....what a sweet subject to base your blog! Oh, how I love blogland. MERCI MILLE FOIS for coming to visit me and to sit around my table!

    I wish you and yours a most lovely celebration! Anita

  3. What a wonderful retreat and it looks right up my alley! I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. how wonderful, Harps are so beautiful and elegant too.

  5. This is so interesting! No wonder it works, harps are so soothing to the mind and spirit as well as being a beautiful instrument. Thank you for the information.

    Thank you for linking this lovely, informative post to Potpourri Friday!