Welcome to another “Natural New Age Mums Chat About…”
I am so excited to be featuring some amazing Aussie mums who specialize in their own particular natural and/or new age area. The aim is to give us a little bit of inside information into some new things we may not know about, but are curious.
Today I welcoming the beautiful Alli Davies from Oh My Musical Goodness to tell us all about musical therapy!
Tell us about yourself….
I’m Alli Davies and I’m totally living the dream! A great husband, a 19 month old daughter, a log cabin on a couple of bush acres a few minutes from the beach in Tassie, a music therapy business and a sound healing retreat! Life for me doesn’t get much better!!
As a registered music therapist I have worked in early childhood intervention, education, special needs, juvenile detention, child protection, mental health, aged care and palliative care. As a passionate vibrational healer I’ve developed the musical massage (a sound based ‘bath’ for balancing the energy centres), and a range of other sound based treatments. I’ve presented at international conferences and been published in Nurture – Natural Parenting Magazine.
What is your outlook on life?
My personal outlook on life is quite simple. I’m aware of my own personal needs and what it is that makes me feel like me, and I try (as best as I can) to incorporate snippets of these things into each day.
Tell us about Oh My Musical Goodness…
Oh My Musical Goodness came about after many years of dreaming up a sound healing retreat and a need to adapt my business style after Maple was born. I decided to take a step back from clinical work and look more at community based need. I began by establishing community chanting and drumming groups and music groups for 0-4’s and have been developing music resources at the request of my clients. I’ve also developed exclusive music based workshops that I offer via skype.
How long have you been a registered music therapist?
I registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association in 2005 and have been running a private music therapy business ever since.
What study or training did you have to be a music therapist?
I spent six years at uni – completing a combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education with the University of New England before heading to the University of Queensland to do my Masters in Music Therapy. My next uni course (if it is to be) will be Guided Imagery in Music, a course only offered to music therapists which focuses on utilising the amazing relationship between music and visual imagery.
So,what is music therapy?
Music therapy is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and wellbeing. This can happen in a million different ways but common interventions include song-writing, music listening, movement and dance, instrument playing, improvisation, singing and vocalising and lyrical analysis. Clients have an initial assessment to clarify needs and set achievable goals and musical interventions are then put into place based on the client’s personal musical identity and their therapeutic needs.
How does a session work?
Everybody’s musical identity differs, as do their personal set of therapeutic needs, so no two sessions ever look the same! Sometimes we do group work, sometimes individual sessions.
The musical massage is the Oh My Musical Goodness signature vibrational treatment! Without giving away too many secrets the musical massage takes the shape of a 45 minute non-contact massage – using layers of sound instead of hands. Each instrument chosen is selected specifically for it’s pitch and how it will resonate with that particular person’s energy levels. Clients arrive at the treatment feeling either overstimulated or flat and head home feeling balanced and revived!
How much do your services cost?
These online sessions are sold as gift cards, beautiful cards for you to give your family and friends who can book their session at a time that suits them. The first three are a very popular and unique baby shower gift.
♥ Sign language and Your Child, learn 100 basic signs that will help you communicate with your children – online skype session $80
♥ Music for Pregnancy, Childbirth & the 1st Year, learn proper breathing techniques and how the right kind of music can support you and your baby during this special time – online skype session $80
♥ The Magic of Nursery Rhymes, develop confidence in singing with your little one and discover how nursery rhymes can benefit your bub’s development – online skype session $80
♥ Music, Mind, Study and Sleep, focus the mind, sustain concentration, optimise study sessions and learn how to wind down when it’s all done – online skype session $80
♥ DIY mantras, chants and meditations, learn how to write your own empowering meditation tools – online skype session $80
♥ Music and Dementia care, learn how to use music as a memory and reminiscence tool with your loved ones – online skype session $80
♥ Musical Massage, the perfect vibrational balancing ‘bath’ $50
♥ Oh My Musical Goodness Meditation pack – a super cute handmade kit consisting of custom-made and recorded affirmations, mantras, chants and a guided meditation along with visual meditation aids and postage $180
What conditions does music therapy help with?
Psychological, Emotional, Physical, Mental, Educational, Spiritual, Social, the list goes on. Pretty much any area of life that needs addressing can be done with music. I’ve helped stroke victims learn to speak again through singing, helped teenagers in juvenile detention understand emotions through analysing lyrics, helped parents connect on a deeper level with their children and helped the ordinary, everyday person learn how to relax. My favourite area of work is the world of mental health and my underlying goal is always to help people increase their sense of self. I believe that the higher ones level of self-esteem the more chance they have of achieving anything in life. The OMMG Meditation Pack came about as a self-esteem resource for teenage girls and young women.
Is music therapy suitable for everyone?
I’ve worked with babies pre-birth and I’ve worked with a woman of age 107 – so yes, music therapy is suitable for everyone! My Dad once told me “The language of music transcends all barriers” and it’s so true. If 100 people all of different ages, different nationalities with their own native tongues and different cultures and interests all came together in a room you could play music and everyone would understand it! It’s as simple as that!
Where can we find out more about music therapy?
You can find out more about music and vibrational therapies at my website or go to The Australian Music Therapy Association website or Facebook page for more specific information on music therapy and therapists in your state.
Why would you recommend music therapy?
Music is a non-invasive, expressive tool that almost everyone loves! So it’s the perfect tool for using in a therapeutic setting. I especially recommend music therapy as a tool for adolescents and young adults as music is often a key element to their sense of identity, making it an essential part of their lives and a perfect tool for positive change.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
The mantra I’m trying to live by at the moment is “be the woman you want your daughter to be” – haha, it’s not always as easy as it sounds!
How can people get in touch with you?
Website: Oh My Musical Goodness
Facebook: Oh My Musical Goodness page
Special Offer for NNAM readers:
Get 25% off all online sessions for your readers for this month. Just mention NNAM when you contact me!
Wow, thank you so much Allie for a peak into your world as a music therapist! I for one just want to hop on a plane to Tassie and have a music massage. Sounds like absolute heaven. ♥
Have you tried music therapy?