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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Harp therapy strikes soothing chord of healing, restoration for hospital patients

INDIANAPOLIS – For more than 13 years, Tami Briggs has used a unique medical tool in her quest to help alleviate hospital patients’ pain and enhance their healing and restoration.

A pioneer in the harp therapy field, Briggs blends powerful stories and practical tips with live musical examples showing how the harp and therapeutic music can change the medical environment, especially how patients experience illness and death. This Minneapolis musician will soon be sharing her techniques with clinical staff and patients at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Briggs will demonstrate her “Sounds of Healing: Therapeutic Music in the Health Care Setting” in two Nursing Grand Rounds presentations, Tuesday, June 26 at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. Nurses will earn education credits, learning the key benefits of using music at the hospital/hospice bedside: Comfort, pain distraction, relaxation and anchoring.

She also will perform for patients in a designated floor unit on June 27. Briggs will wrap up her visit on June 28 for patients and staff at Franciscan St. Francis Cancer Center. The latter event is open to the public and gets under way at 6:45 p.m.

In 1999, Briggs founded Musical Reflections, whose mission is to provide products and services to enhance and support the healing journey. She is certified by the International Harp Therapy Program and has played the instrument at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients.

A national speaker, Briggs delivers what her Web site describes as “experiential programs that are inspiring, motivating, and encouraging, but also deeply peaceful and relaxing – a much-needed ‘commodity’  in our fast-paced world.”

Briggs also has written books about her chosen field and has recorded 13 CDs focused on relaxation, comfort, healing and sleep.

To learn more about how Tami Briggs Harp Therapy works, go to

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