Music therapy – an interview with Jana Vysoudilová
Music is a part of my self-care routine. It helps me express my emotions and makes them naturally let go after some time. So when I feel sad or angry, I sing, and it is extremely helpful! But there is also another way to use music as therapy. You don’t have to like singing, and you don’t have to know how to play any instrument… I asked Jana Vysoudilová, who is a therapist combining many approaches, also music therapy, to tell us about how to heal through sounds and how a therapist could help us to reduce stress, heal our traumas and just feel better and live easier.
WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Music therapy uses various instruments to create different frequencies of sound that influence the frequencies in the human body and psyche. These waves of sound make all liquids of a body vibrate. And those vibrations that are disharmonious, like for example the ones caused by stress, illness or trauma, start correcting into more tuned and balanced. It improves physical health. It makes us have a better mood and lower levels of stress. It even lessens the negative patterns of thinking and it can trigger deep meditative and visionary states. There are many instruments that can make this magic happen, for example, drums, flutes, didgeridoo, Tibetan bowls, or gongs.
HOW DOES A SESSION LOOK LIKE?
There are many ways to provide a music therapy session. First of all, it could be a group session or an individual one. Another thing is that a client can play the instruments or just relax when their therapist is playing. It is important that there is live music. The recorded one cannot catch all frequencies of sound that make human body healing. And very often the recorded music is not played on the instruments that have therapeutic sounds. But it is a good idea to listen to the recorded music at home when we need to relax or change our mood. Music is a very powerful therapeutic tool!
FOR WHO COULD MUSIC THERAPY BE HELPFUL?
Music therapy can be used just for simple relaxation, but also as a way to recover after physical or psychical traumas. It can be a good method to integrate a deep therapeutic experience, like for example a holotropic breathwork session. It is also useful as a tool for self-exploration because as I said, it triggers meditative and visionary states. And it is a great group activity, one of the team-building methods.
But music therapy is often used for people with mental or physical disabilities. It is popular in healing ADHD syndrome. It is not proper for people with serious psychiatric conditions which includes not very good limitations of self-perception and ego (various psychosis).
HOW TO FIND A MUSIC THERAPIST?
There are many people now who are able to play music for healing. You can meet them at concerts, in healing centers, even on Youtube. Not all of them provide music therapy. Always ask and pick what is in tune with your needs. You can look for an individual session or a workshop. It could be a drumming or didgeridoo healing session when the goal is healing. Remember that true music therapist doesn’t make a show. Their purpose is to provide a healing channel with pure and simple music. Even if they are able to play everything and they could make a great show.
ABOUT JANA VYSOUDILOVA
Jana Vysoudilová works as a music and sand play therapist. As a facilitator of holotropic breathing she often works with Stanislav Grof. She is a teacher of yoga. She devotes to support people in various types of life crises and spiritual emergencies. She also works often with children and mentally disabled people. She learns bodywork more deeply in a neuroenergetic therapy training.
Jana is available as a private therapist or a member of the therapeutic team of Holos Center in Opava which brings complex therapeutic care for people in alternative ways to traditional psychiatry.
She studied classical guitar and fine arts. She often exhibits her paintings of visionary art.