Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW
245 Metro Dr, Appleton WI 54913
Empowering individuals—those living with social, cognitive, emotional, physical and/or spiritual needs—through music, art and mental health therapies to improve health & well-being.
Does your workplace feel stressful? Are employees feeling pressured, overloaded, and exhausted? What if, instead of hearing the grumbling or the silence, you started to hear genuine laughter, see smiles and witness colleagues communicating in a more effective manner? Music is a non-threatening tool that is very helpful with workplace wellness! You, most likely, are someone who listens to music either at home, in your car, in your office or live at the symphony or downtown with local acts.
We are all impacted by music in our lives. Music is a universal language that speaks across barriers and allows us all to express ourselves in a unique fashion. Music with it's rhythm, melody, harmony and silence is a very effective tool in assisting with improving communication, expression of frustrations in a healthy style, team building, reducing stress, increasing productivity, improving self-care and conflict transformation.
Please read below for more information on different approaches to workplace wellness.
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Finding Your Heart Song is a day long retreat or a four week course in self-care through the wonderful aspects of music! Music is a part of who we are at our deepest level and we don't need any special talent or training to harness its power in order to enhance our lives! Participants will learn about the four elements of music and the benefits of each: melody, harmony, rhythm and silence.
Participants will learn how to best engage these elements in daily living in order to find their heart song and practice great self-care.
This therapeutic course focuses on utilizing rhythm as medicine for the body and creating forward motion as well as using melody, the medicine for our hearts.
Participants will also learn about harmony as medicine for the soul and silence - medicine for the mind.
Studies show some of the benefits of utilizing music as medicine are:
* lower stress levels
* reduce anxiety levels
* improve mood
* improve self-expression
* greater creativity
* stimulating healthy brain activity
* strengthening immune system
"Playing music is found to be three times more effective for reducing stress related gene expression than simply just 'chilling out'!"
~ Christine Stevens MSW, MT-BC and Barry Bittman MD
Drumming is a beautiful tool that allows for individuals to express themselves, to release anger and frustration and to have an opportunity for fun, while drumming, with colleagues. Through a thoughtfully facilitated drum circle, individuals are drawn into the rhythm and are engaged in numerous activities focusing on team building, expression, increasing morale and finding harmony. Different skills are utilized by each team member throughout a drum circle and these skills include: active listening, respecting, contributing, and connecting. Drumming can provide an outlet for individuals like they've never had an opportunity to experience!
Through drumming individuals learn that self-expression may be easier on a drum as the drum becomes a voice of emotions for which words alone cannot express,
allowing individuals to release emotional tension.
Drumming is also very physical - it is a great exercise in learning to release physical tension in a healthy manner. Morale is often boosted as drumming
provides a safe environment to have to work together and to have a sense of camaraderie, building trust and empowering those involved!
The drum is a powerful instrument. Strong. Percussive. Loud. The drum empowers us to be our strongest self and to work together.
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