Emotional

Music Therapy for Stress Relief

Posted October 19, 2020 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

Picture this: you’re spending a relaxing day at the spa. Feel the soft cotton of the oversized robe; taste the hint of cucumber in a cool glass of water; smell the aroma of the lavender and Chamomile oils that fill your lungs. But the most relaxing component of this spa experience? The dulcet tones of the music that plays overhead, filling your ears, mind and heart with peace. The use of this music for calm is no happy accident, but rather an intentional technique that you can recreate in your home or office.

In this program, you’ll join music therapist Ashley Lewis to learn more about music therapy as an antidote to stress, and how to look at stress and anxiety as a precursor to resilience and compassion. You’ll discover specific music interventions designed for your personal practice that increase coping and stress management skills, increase creative expression and help you manage responses to stressful situations.

By participating in this program, you will:

  • Gain an increased understanding of stress and anxiety.
  • Discover coping skills to manage stress.
  • Learn how listening to music can increase creative expression

This program is presented by Ashley Lewis and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation in collaboration with Central Florida Community Arts.

About Your Program Presenter
Ashley Marie Lewis, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT, NMT is a nationally board-certified music therapist with completed training in neurologic music therapy (NMT) and neonatal intensive care unit music therapy (NICU MT) practices.

Ashley graduated from Florida State University with her bachelor’s and master’s degree in music therapy, with clinical practice and research focused on utilizing music therapy for performers and artists.

Ashley’s clinical experience includes premature infants in the NICU, adults in ICU, ER, labor & delivery, cardiac, oncology, adults in behavioral health, adults recovering from substance abuse, adults with physical and developmental disabilities, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia, hospice and palliative care, and LGBTQ youth, caretakers, and artists/performers. Prior to moving to Orlando, Ashley provided clinical music therapy working within an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center co-treating with SLP/OT/PT, supervising pre-interns, and directing a Parkinson’s Awareness Choir.