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Therapeutic Harp for Healing
豎琴療癒
The word 'healing' means 'being whole'. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Healing music does not mean music can cure but it is a holistic mechanism causing a chain reaction to effect desirable changes by bringing emotional, physical, mental and spiritual functioning of individuals into balance. 
   
豎琴療癒中「療癒」一詞除了是指豎琴音樂本身能夠對身體產生直接影響,帶來各種正面改變外,更重要的是以豎琴音樂營造舒適有共鳴的氛圍,刺激身體內在啟動自然調適過程,令情緒、生理、精神和靈性各方面重新進入平衡和諧的水平,達至全人安康的目的。
    
Historically, the harp has been one of the most characteristic instruments of a timelss healing tradition, a symbol of comfort, peace and relief. Harp music has three properties(strains) which were used by ancient harpers: the 'sleep strain' which bring rest and slumber; the 'sorrow strain' which bring tears and reaches deepest unsettling and grief in heart; the 'joy strain' brings vitality and merriment. 
   
豎琴是其中一種最古老用於療癒用途的樂器,其代表安慰、平安和紓壓的特質已源遠流長。古時豎琴手(主要是祭司/醫師)會利用豎琴音樂的三種特性來達到不同目的: 「安眠」特性以帶來安寧和催眠之效; 「憂傷」特性以幫助對象抒發內心的悲傷和哀痛之惰; 及「喜悅」特性以帶出活力生氣和愉悅。
    
Harp therapist is a certified therapeutic musician who offers live harp music at bedside, match the individual's mood, physical responses, musical preferences and resonant tone by customizing the music elements: rhythm, harmony and melody. The therapeutic musicians should receive and graduate from relevant accredited training programmes to meet minimum standards in skills and knowledge and being certified to play live therapeutic music to indivdiuals in hospitals, hospice and long-term care facilities. 

   
美國National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians (NSBTM) www.nsbtm.org 是國家管理機構,提倡音樂療法的運用,監管及批核認可豎琴音樂療法課程。而認可豎琴療癒師需要完成有關認可之課程,接受有系統的理論學習及實習要求。

豎琴療癒師彈奏現場豎琴音樂,運用豎琴音樂本身的療癒特性及專業技巧,營造一個舒適鬆弛的氛圍,豎琴音樂能直接與身體產生自然共鳴作用,帶出情緒、生理、精神和靈性上的理想反應及正面轉變
    
Therapeutic harp service is non-prescriptive, the process can be active or  passive, there is no specific agenda or objective for each session but rather flexible and focuses on here-and-now response. 


豎琴療法中所彈奏的音樂以簡單為主,而且大多是即興彈奏。豎琴療癒師運用各種音樂元素如節奏、旋律、調式、諧音等以配合對象的情緒、生理反應、個人共振基音及音樂喜好。
 
豎琴療法著重服務對象「當下」的身體狀態和需要,因此豎琴療癒服務不以既定目標為導向,沒有所謂“療程目的”。過程中服務對象可以是被動或互動參與。豎琴療法務求令對象能夠完全放鬆於豎琴音樂所營造的有利氛圍中,然後意識到個人內在反應之變化,從而等待身體進行自然平衡調適,而且每人的反應和療癒時間都會不同。    

To conclude, therapeutic harp is an art of healing, not a performance, but a service with good intent for harmony and wholeness within individuals. Today, there is a growing recognition of harp therapy around the globe.  Harp therapist works around the world including USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe in hospitals, community settings, schools and private clinics. 

總括來說,豎琴療法是一種療癒手法和藝術,並不是樂器演奏或曲目表演,而是一個療癒師與服務對象和環境之間的一個互動和交流的過程。療癒師必須抱有正面純粹的心意動機,盼望為協助服務使用者達至身心和諧和全人安康的目的。    現時美國、加拿大、澳洲等地的認可豎琴療癒師數量愈來愈多,服務地點包括醫院、地區機構、學校及私人公司,他們都在促進個人健康的服務上擔當有意義的角色。   香港豎琴療癒服務仍在起步中,希望透過更多個案分享、服務推廣和教育以令更多人受惠及認識。
"​Health is harmony and balance."  ​​​​​​​​​         ~Fabien Maman

"Every illness is a musical problem and every cure has a musical solution."                                                 ​​~Novalis 

"​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you come to great music with an open heart a willing mind and a relaxed body, it will enter you and renew you."  ​​​​​                                                        ~Hal A. Lingerman

Who benefits from therapeutic live harp music?
​受惠服務對象
  • People experiencing stress, anxiety and emotional crisis.
  • People experiencing injury or pain.
  • People experiencing chronic illness or dementia.
  • Children have special needs such as developmental disabilities.
  • People experiencing life's transitions, such as birthing and dying.
  • People in palliative care.

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豎琴療癒服務的對象範圍可以是不同需要和年齡人士,包括(但不限於)孕婦和初生嬰兒、兒童和長者、有情緒困擾或睡眠問題、認知障礙人士、發展障礙的人士、長期病患及痛症人士以及臨終病患者等。
    
Where does the harp therapist work?
​豎琴療癒師在哪裡提供服務?
A wide variety of health care settings that include hospitals, ​nursing homes, palliative care facilities, patient support centres, educational institutions and  private clinics.

   
豎琴療癒室提供的服務多全化,包括工作室或駐院豎琴療癒服務、講座及訓練工作坊、職業治療服務、臨床探訪、兒童豎琴說故事小組、各類豎琴教授包括成人豎琴減壓、詩歌豎琴伴奏、床邊豎琴伴奏技巧等。

歡迎對服務形式及內容提供意見及查詢,以設計最適合服務對象需要的服務。
    
An ancient East Indi​​an principle says,

" It is the responsibility of the musician to create heaven on earth and to create balance, peace and harmony in the environment."  
                   
                                                                  ~Stella Benson, The Healing Musician
Carmen Lee ​​ (​​​CTHP, VAHTP, HKROT)
I learnt the piano at 12 years old and fell in love with the harp in 2005. Harp is one of the most ancient instrument that always links with the power to heal and soothe.  I have strong desire to use harp music as a channel to bring joy and peace for people experiencing their difficult moments in life.

As an occupational therapist with more than 15 years clincial experience. I have extensive opportunities in serving wide range of people with special needs including older adults with dementia and chronic illness; people with emotional and mental difficulties; people with mental disabilities and children with developmental disabilities. I realize how important for people to achieve holistic wellness. Human are born to strive for wholeness, a total balance among physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well being.  Current health care system is good at fighting with diseases and prolongling life. However, there is still a huge gap that the ultimate needs of people who are suffering cannot be reached.  We, people, all want to be connected with others and our own self as well as the God of the universe. The ultimate needs lie on the desire for comfort, belonging, love, existential peace, sense of wonderment and spirituality. 

In 2007, I visited my former colleague who was dying of cancer in the hosptial. There was nothing we could do but remained silence. The mournful moment was still vivid, at that time, I talked to myself 'If I could play some music for her, that might help...' Therapeutic music can offer healing presence for indiviudals with peace and intimacy.

I have devoted to harp therapy in 2012, I studied the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP)  established by the renowned harpist Christina Tourin, who is also one of the pioneers in therapeutic use of harp since 1980s.  I find harp therapy effective to develop connection with people through the customized live harp music,  matching with people's resonant tone, mood, breathing pattern and music preference. The harp therapist provides a tailor-made service rather than a performance, an accompaniment rather than a treatment. The client is always the center of the cradle of sound.  

I have continued study to enrich my practice in harp therapy and became certified Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner (VAHTP) under the supervision of Sarajane Williams in 2017. 

Apart from delivering clinical services in harp therapy and integrative occupatinal therapy. I am also a part-time lecturer at local tertiary institutes in undergraduate programmes.

Therapeutic harp music use in Hong Kong in still in its infancy, I am honoured to be entiltled as the Director of Program Development in Asia of IHTP to assist in promoting and developing therapeutic harp in Asian region. I am also one of the mentors of IHTP program. I want to share with you if you are also interested to learn more about therapetuic harp music and may become one of the therapeutic harp practitioners in the future.

   
豎琴療癒室創辦人及總監
李嘉雯女士個人簡介

李嘉雯是香港註冊職業治療師,擁有超過15年的臨床經驗。現時在本港大專院校擔任半職高級講師。她自2005年起開始學習豎琴,一直以來,她都很欣賞和體會到豎琴──世上其中一種最古老的樂器──獨特的療癒和抒情之奇妙功效。於2012年,嘉雯創立了本地註冊的慈善團體──豎琴夢天使義工團Harping Dream,召集基督徒豎琴義工為地區機構提供豎琴音樂分享的探訪服務。
 
2012年,李嘉雯修讀受NSBTM認可的國際豎琴療法課程(International Harp Therapy Program, IHTP),師承IHTP總監Christina Tourin, Liu Shiu Kuo 及Laurance Marie。畢業後繼續進修豎琴療法,並於2017年接受豎琴療癒師暨心理學家Sarajane Williams督導成為認可體感聲波豎琴療癒師 (Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner,VAHTP). 於2016年,李嘉雯創立其公司──Harpmony Studio豎琴療癒室,致力於香港及東南亞地區推廣豎琴療癒服務,希望令更多人可以接觸豎琴療法,認識多一種方法去促進全人健康。
 
李嘉雯現時是國際豎琴療法課程—亞洲區(香港)(International Harp Therapy Program, IHTP, Asia[HK])之課程發展總監(Director of Program Development)及IHTP培訓導師,以協助發展豎琴療癒師的培訓。她熱心與有興趣了解豎琴療法及有志成為豎琴療癒師的人士分享經驗及給予意見和教授。
     


I am creative to customize services to meet your personal or organizational needs.
I am attentive to witness the beautiful healing moments among people. 
I am eager to work collaboratively for the harmonious world.