Certified Therapeutic Harpist Elly Pauelsen
Beautiful harp music for relaxation, healing and celebration."Half an hour of music produced the same effect as ten milligrams of valium."
Dr. Raymond Bahr, St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore
Elly Pauelsen is a Certified Therapeutic Musician through the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians accredited program, Harp for Healing, LLC. Elly has provided therapeutic harp music for all types of patients. Areas covered were cancer, surgery, anxiety, palliative care, stress, pain management, end-of-life, insomnia, the elderly, caregivers, and trauma groups.Prior to her pursuit of therapeutic harp, Elly was a Chaplain for 20 years, which were served mostly in an acute care hospital. Credentials are: BA in Pastoral Care and Counselling from Vanguard College, MDiv in Pastoral Care and Counselling from Taylor Seminary, and Certified Chaplain from the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.To enhance her experience and for personal enjoyment, Elly has also attended a Harp School in Jerusalem, and participates in a local and global ensemble.Elly has played hundreds of sessions of therapeutic harp, and has played for weddings, anniversaries, dinners, receptions, end-of-life celebrations, youth-group SPA Day, and an Art Therapy Retreat.
What is Therapeutic Harp Music?
Therapeutic music is live music, played or sung, and is specifically tailored to the patient’s immediate need. It is an art based on the science of sound.What Does a Certified Therapeutic Musician Do?
A certified therapeutic musician uses the inherent healing elements of live music and sound. These enhance the environment for patients in a healthcare setting, making it more conducive to the healing process.What is a Typical Therapeutic Music Session Like?
The therapeutic musician is trained to assess the patient’s behavior, condition and communication ability. Depending on the patient’s needs, music may be familiar or unfamiliar, rhythmic or non-rhythmic, merry, sad and soothing.How is a Recipient’s Environment Enhanced?
The intention is to promote healing – as opposed to curing – by bringing the body, mind and spirit into balance. Healing is a holistic view of human health pertaining to all aspects of the human being – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness.Who Benefits from Therapeutic Music?
Those who commonly greatly benefit are persons experiencing life’s transitions, such as birthing and dying, illness, injury, chronic illness, physical and emotional pain, and people recovering from strokes and other traumatic brain injuries.Why is Live Music Preferred?
There is no substitute for personal attention.
The trained therapeutic musician can immediately modify the music as needed.
Because acoustic (live) music is not compressed and digitized like recorded music is, it contains a much richer spectrum of vibrations and harmonics.BENEFITS OBSERVEDPHYSICAL
Increases endorphins to reduce stress and pain
Stabilizes heart rate, respiration and blood pressure
Increases blood oxygen saturation
Relaxes the body and lowers cortisol
Instills relaxation and sleepMENTAL
Provides relief from anxiety and depression
Offers respite from stress and overwhelming thoughts
Relieves mental tension of the pre-op patient
Aids mental focus of dementia and Alzheimer patients
Improves memory and concentration
Instills a sense of hopeEMOTIONAL
Provides a safe place
Builds a bridge of support between patients and their loved onesSPIRITUAL
Reminds the listener that they are not alone
Opens an opportunity for prayer or meditation
Gently encourages process of inner healing
For Information Contact
Elly offers in-person and virtual therapeutic harp sessions at your convenience.Contact Elly for prices.
Elly would love to talk with you and learn how she can add a special touch to your event!
"So many people commented at how special it was that we had someone playing the harp at our wedding. It added elegance, peace and serenity to our special day."
Marc & Laura
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Celebration of Life
The music of the harp can be a soothing and warm embrace in the face of the loss of a loved one. As chaplain, Elly is not a stranger to walking alongside grieving families as they process their loss.What to Expect:
Elly will work with you to determine how and when you would like her to play.
Examples of ways you can use her services:
A harp can accompany family members and guests as they arrive.
Background music during visitation or post-service reception music.
Harp Intro lessons
Have you always dreamed of learning the harp? With Elly's patient and warm teaching you can gain confidence and learn to play the harp.What to expect:
Elly can do lessons online or with an additional travel fee she can come to you. This is a great option for people who cannot travel and would like to benefit from personal one-on-one training.