The following information is in reference to Chapter 17, page 204 of The Power Of Sound.
The Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy website4 defines SaraJane’s practice as follows:
Vibroacoustic Harp TherapyTM (VAHT) works by vibrating and resonating with the tissues of the body, thereby affecting physiological processes. It also affects the mental, emotional and energetic or spiritual aspects of the individual. The harp’s wide range of frequencies and overtones are capable of vibrating the dense, physical body as well as its energetic counterpart, providing multi-level stimulation and harmonization.
The harp is made of natural materials that resonate with the human body. There is an obvious benefit when one is in the presence of a harp. The natural, aesthetic beauty of the form of the instrument, and its production of warm, full-frequency analog musical information dramatically contrasts with the sterile feel of a CD player with its digitized, recorded music.
VAHT is often described as a musical massage. During a VAHT session, live harp music is amplified through a sound table, chair or vibrotactile device. Clients are asked to focus on areas of tension/pain in the body, while specific tones that resonate in those areas are identified. Each client experiences the musical tones in different ways at different times; therefore the therapy is a very dynamic process and is tailored to the unique individual. Appropriate music is improvised or selected, based on the client’s needs. When the client is relaxed, abstract thinking slows and awareness expands. VAHT often produces responses such as deep relaxation, dream-like imagery, pain and tension reduction, increased energy, increased body awareness, and feelings of being nurtured. Imagery often provides new awareness, positive reframing and/or processing and integration of psychological material. The client/therapist interaction allows for immediate responses in the course of the session.
A client’s response to VAHT could also include:
1. Coherence (resonance and entrainment/synchronization among diverse physiological systems in the body)
2. Absorption of energy
3. Stimulation / Balancing of Ch’i energy
4. Lymphatic stimulation
5. Pain and stress reduction (from neuro-endocrine changes; interrupted impulse transmission along pain pathways; increase in low alpha brainwave activity; muscular relaxation; decreased blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate)
6. Perceptual changes (i.e. synaesthesia)
7. Mood elevation
8. Improved sleep
Recommended resources by SaraJane Williams:
• Good Vibrations–Principles of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy (book)
• Therapeutic Harp–Ancient Legacy, Sound Science, Clinical Applications (3-DVD set)