Patient with Chronic Pain and Her Experience
In a message dated 7/23/2007 11:15:51 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
In 2001 I had some damage done to my spinal cord. A neurosurgeon was able to "keep me walking", but since the surgery I have had pain in my lower back and the back of my neck - every single day. Some days worse than others, but pain was always present. I have tried various physical therapies and numerous prescription drugs to end the pain. Nothing ever changed and I finally was convinced that it was just something I had to live with.
In 2007, I attend a concert/lecture by Melody Long Anglin. I decided to give the sound prescription therapy a try, figuring I had nothing to lose at this point.
The therapy was amazing! Even after the first session, I felt a change in my body as it was trying to remember how to be well. It was fascinating to me that the music Melody played was totally "my" music -all of it chosen by me, for me. Equally fascinating was how my body knew what to pick that would affect my pain areas.
The therapy is also very relaxing. I would find myself tired after it was done, but a "good" tired - very relaxed and mellow. I slept through the night - which is something I haven't done in a long time.
I completed 4 sessions and the pain I lived with for 6 years is gone - and that really is a miracle.
Melody, I can never thank you enough for what you have done for me. Please feel free to give my name/phone number/email to any you think might benefit from having it (them).
Again, thanks and blessings,
Follow-up story for a Stroke Patient from St. Augustine's
In October 2005, I had a stroke and my left side was paralyzed. I could not walk, feed myself, sit up etc. I was hospitalized for six weeks. After a few days I was placed in the rehabilitation unit. During this time Melody Anglin began to treat me with her harp twice a week. She began by assessing my emotional state via compassionate conversation. She then placed my feet on the soundboard of her harp and provided me with the tones I needed on that particular day. At first my leg felt wooden, like someone else's leg, and then slowly I began to feel the tones in places that had been numb.....sometimes I would get discouraged and not feel as much, but this usually followed by another step of progress. I found her improvising "my songs" remarkably relaxing and uplifting to my spirit. The hospital staff noticed striking improvements on the days of my sessions with Melody. She also gave me hand exercises I am still using. The day came that I experienced the vibrations going through my arms and at last in my head. I felt, for the first time, that I could completely recover. The hospital staff told my wife it was unlikely I would drive and that I would leave the hospital in a wheel chair. I walked out of the hospital and 7 months later I drove from the east to west coast alone! I highly recommend Melody. Her musical skills, combined with her medical knowledge, powers of perception and kind heart make her a valuable asset in any healing protocol." Daniel Boone, Ashland, Oregon
From Melody the harp therapist Anglinhous@aol.com
Hi Daniel and Alianna. The measurement of the vibration of the tones in the body make the therapy easy to track by the patient. As the tones went from the lower legs in the first session to finally moving through the body and into the head and down the arms in the last session, the movement became the internal markers to the patient. His pleasure measured his own progress! He could feel the reality of his reconnecting his lower body and limbs to his brain. So then, in each session as the tones would go higher and higher I would leave Daniel more, and more positively aware that he would communicate with his limbs again and that it was being quietly proven by the measured success of the rising tones.
In a message dated 6/20/2007 10:01:41 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: (Daniel's wife Alianna )
Melody!! thanks so much for this...I am feeling emotional to have your words describe this because honestly he is way more connected with his body now than before the stroke!!!!....awesome description.......currently Daniel is hiking a minimum of 3 hours per day......he told me in the hospital he would imagine himself hiking from here to reservoir.......a strong hike by anyone's standards........and not long after his arrival here, he did just that....and all alone!!!! He makes that hike everyday now. He has lost 60 pounds and looks like he did before we were married...........so somehow what you write here really activates me too to connect with "the real story"............. Thank you!
Personal Reference written by Melody: Daniel is in his late 50's or early 60's now. He was thought NOT to have been able to return to "life as he knew it." But he walked out of the hospital on his own with only the help of a cane instead of a wheel chair and you see how he is doing today. Daniel and his family now live in Ashland, Oregon. This was the cross country drive he made only a few months after the stroke.