Music Therapy for Adults: Self-Care and Wellness
Trying to sort through tasks and feelings during difficult times can be overwhelming. I am here to help you.
Here are some areas in which I been able to help other adults:
- mental health… depression
- supporting elderly parents through life transitions
- supporting care givers needing time out for self-care
- adrenal fatigue
- grief counselling
- high blood pressure
- empty nest syndrome
- improving relationships
- palliative care
- multiple sclerosis and other long term diseases
- moving into care homes
- self-discovery and exploration
- healing old trauma from childhood
- stress and anxiety
- spiritual opening and development
My approach is intuitive, holistic and experiential. It integrates several models and frameworks for understanding and approaching life challenges, illness and “dis-ease.” Included among these are the humanistic, family systems, trans-personal, and energy models. I use the voice, simple musical instruments, guided visualization, art, and creative/expressive work as tools for healing. Both sound healing and music therapy offer vocal techniques. There is a strong expressive component.
I offer group singing bowl sessions in a meditative concert setting, and individual sessions. In music therapy, often the approach involves self-exploration and self-expression, using the voice and simple instruments as a non-verbal or verbal means for exploring feelings and ideas.
Sessions are available for both individuals and in group format.
Healing work is generally done over the course of several sessions, during which we explore the issues you are wanting to address and use the techniques that can best help you to achieve the healing you desire.
Please contact Pamela with any questions and to arrange for sessions.
Several approaches are offered in group formats. Please go to the EVENTS tab for upcoming dates.
Vocal Toning and Voice Work
In sound healing literature, the voice is often called the most important healing instrument. Voice work integrates methods from sound healing and sound medicine, and music therapy approaches. One method, working from the sound healing model, uses the voice to tone the chakras. Others are more expressive in nature. Groups offer support and help to make sessions affordable for those with lower income. Please check the events page for upcoming groups.
Singing Bowls Meditations
The sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls help to bring deep relaxation and peace. The sounds made by the bowls stimulate alpha brain waves, which naturally occur just before sleep as we relax. In this state, you are able to let go of old ways of thinking about yourself and the world. Supporting yourself on a regular basis through the relaxation and healing vibrations of singing bowls group sessions is an affordable way to de-stress, support inner peace and wellness.
The singing bowls are highly recommended by American oncologist Dr. Mitchell Gayner in his book The Healing Power of Sound, and others.
While playing the bowls, I find myself called to create melodies that express the group energy and emotion. According to some clients, the mix of melody, tone, harmonics and singing bowls provides a deeply soothing meditative and healing experience. While the bowls relax, the melody to gently entertains and soothes the mind. Where many people have experienced deep release of old belief patterns and emotional blocks, others have experienced some benefits in their bodies.
Please see the events page for information on upcoming group sessions.
Spiritual Chant “Inter-Faith Kirtan”
Mantras sung in this format, are short texts, most of which have been used over may years coming from a variety of faith traditions. Their purpose is to help people in their spiritual opening and evolution. They can be thought of as sung prayers. Some of them lead gently into meditation, while others are lively and ecstatic in the Indian Kirtan tradition. All are uplifting and support healing through the spirit and your inner connection with the Divine.
Whether through individual or intimate group sessions, or concert performances, let Pamela Holm’s powerful yet gentle voice coax open your heart, lift you out of your doldrums, and guide you on your Deep Soul Journey to a happier, healthier you.
Please visit the Events page for invitations about upcoming happenings!
Pamela’s Entry to Sound Healing
Pamela’s calling toward sound healing and intuitive vocal work emerged when her work with a creative play group brought her to a child with autism who was experiencing distress. Feeling called to help, she began to improvise a structured melody to calm him. As she explored different vowels, she suddenly felt her voice emitting waves of healing energy and a subsequent release and calm filled the child. Have been trained in western music therapy, Pamela began to learn about sound healing so as to understand what she had stumbled on. Combining intuitive voice work with singing bowls creates an experience of peace and refreshment from which people report feeling lighter, relaxed and rejuvenated.