After silence, that which comes
nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
In a perfect world there would be a full time music therapist on every
floor of every hospital and available for every Hospice patient and
family member who needs it. Since this does not exist, we created Sounds of Comfort (501c3) non-profit organization to help
bring music therapy where it is needed most.
Research clearly shows that music is effective in decreasing
agitation and other negative symptoms in Alzheimer’s and dementia
patients. Music often acts as a bridge to help access lost memories and
yet there is not enough music in most care centers. Sounds of Comfort is
dedicated to bringing quality music to people in need:
In nursing homes
In Hospice facilities
In private homes
Sounds of Comfort is funded by private
donations, by fundraising concerts and events organized by Rhythmic
Medicine. Your private donation is used to pay music therapists and Sounds of Comfort certified
musicians to provide live music for Hospice, hospital and nursing home
patients. We acknowledge your contribution with a letter of
appreciation, confirming your tax-deductible donation and will let you
know of any upcoming events or concerts. With a donation of $150 or
more, we will send you a Words
of Comfort blanket of
your choice as a thank you gift.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to
learn more about making a donation.
Playing the native flute for patient
with stage 4 liver cancer. “It was so beautiful when she
played for me. After hearing this
soothing sound, I want to get into the mind set of the flute!
I couldn’t stop smiling when she played for me. Can’t get it out
of my mind”
“When you walked through the door of my hospital room, I could not
believe you were going to play beautiful music just for me! What a
blessing and an honor! I have never heard music played with such passion
— the violin and piano lifted my spirits and filled my heart with joy.
Thank you for making such a positive difference in my hospital stay.”
This is the secret of Rhythmic Medicine
About Janalea Hoffman
Janalea Hoffman is a pioneer in the
field of Music Therapy. She is a musician, author, speaker and owner/
founder of Rhythmic Medicine.
Her progressive work has been with real people with real issues.
Using a synthesis of music, relaxation and imagery, her innovative
concepts have brought significant emotional and physical healing to
many. Her music helps people go deeper within themselves to get in touch
with their body rhythms and gain skill in influencing their own health.
A primary aspect of Janalea’s work lies in how music affects the
body physiologically. She has developed specific techniques for using
music to help lower heart rate and blood pressure and alleviate pain.
She is known for developing the concepts of Musical Biofeedback, Musical
Acupuncture and music written at exactly 50 beats per minute. An
important part of her work is to teach people to play the Native
American flute and understand the healing aspects and spirituality of
this amazing instrument. As her work expands, her vision is that people
will evaluate their “sound environment” as part of their wellness
Janalea’s work has been featured in such publications
as Prevention, Arthritis Today, Breast Cancer Awareness, RN magazines,
as well as in Rodale’s book, New Choices in Natural Healing. Her
book, "Rhythmic Medicine: Music with a Purpose," explains the idea of
entertainment. She has created fifteen CDs. She has a master’s degree in
Music Therapy from the University of Kansas, and is certified by The
Listening Centre in Toronto as a LIFT instructor for the Listening
Fitness Program. Among many awards, she
received the Madonna Spirit Award given by the Madonna Rehabilitation
Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska for work in innovative music techniques.
Janalea teaches the healing powers of music through her company,
Your internal body rhythms- heart beat,
blood pressure, and breathing
always try to harmonize with external rhythms.
Your heart near another's will find a mutual pace.
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