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Shelley Wolf

The Soothing Effects of Music

During a recent stay at Waverly Health Center (WHC), Carolyn Wolf of Tripoli, experienced the power of music therapy. Carolyn received a visit from Kara Rewerts, WHC’s certified neurologic music therapist.

“Carolyn was experiencing some pain that day, so it was nice to be able to offer her another option for pain management and relaxation,” stated Kara.

“Kara sat down and we had a nice chat and then talked about my music preference and how music therapy can be helpful for hospital patients,” stated Carolyn. “Then she started playing her guitar and singing. She has a beautiful, soothing voice. It was very calming.”

“Music therapy can help lower anxiety, pain and stress levels. The way I use the music is different for each person, based on their needs and their music preference,” stated Kara. “In many cases, I sing with the guitar. I look for changes in their body language, facial expressions and their breathing. The goal is to help create a feeling of support and to help them relax.”

Carolyn’s daughter, Shelley Wolf, was there with her mother. “Kara sang like a songbird!  Her voice, her choice in music, her ability to wash away stress and to relax and heal is amazing! What a treat that day for me too! She was awesome beyond what words can describe,” stated Shelley.  “Many times since that day, I wish I had a recording of what I experienced so I could re-live it over and over again. It was so very soothing! Our compliments to Waverly Health Center for providing this healing service for the patients and the stressed visitors!”

Click here to learn more about music therapy at Waverly Health Center.