I came from a family of performing artists, comedians and actors. My dad was in show business long before I was a twinkle in mom's eye! Mom was a fashion designer model and horse riding instructor. I was a dancer at age 3, and then a flutist starting at age 11. At one point I thought while riding a horse standing up on his back, " I'll join the circus!" I do love the clown antics! I performed in Children's Theater and music during my high school and College experiences. About 10 years ago I played Alto flute in the Rollins College Flute Choir and have incorporated this very low pitched flute into my bedside therapeutic music sessions.
I always loved theater and the performing arts. My brother is a really great jazz musician and a talented artist to this day, performing in Jazz clubs and venues throughout the region.
After spending sometime out in my home state of California, I returned to Florida and earned a degree in Education. I discovered that because of my head injuries and being Dyslexic , I sought ways and means to heal. I was very toxic and learned how to fast with juices, herbs and detox programs. I learned of using color therapy, eating foods from the rainbow of colors and using colors to accelerate the healing process.
My chiropractor introduced me to Chromotherapy, which is based on recipes of particular colors and musical pitches that match by frequency for health. It is a holistic "energy modality." After 15 years of personal use and working with it, I trained in it through Harmony Alternative Health Therapies. I noticed some very positive benefits. In addition to improved brain health, it was helpful in helping rid myself of gallstones. To this day I offer this modality called "Lu'Music" to my clients. Go to the "Home" page to see a demonstration video.
Living in Orlando, The land of Disney and fantasy, I remembered how "Disney's Fantasia" gave a splendid example of "synthesesia," through music, colors and movement, our imagination, being and world could begin a kind of transformation and healing!
In 1999, I was commisioned to travel to Peru where I played my flute from Lima to Macchu Picchu and down to the Amazon Rainforest. I spent some time with village Shamans learning about their natural medicine. There, I discovered the Peruvian Pan flute and the Caina. (Like the Japanese "Shakuahaschi" flute )
Upon my return to the states, I pioneered my programs through a local medical center with Cancer patients, Dementia residents and years later, At-risk youth and adults in a Behavioral Health hospital. In the last 12 years I have received six grants , four from VSA ( Very Special Arts of Florida) one from the "Moving Music" program from The Bach Festival in Winter Park to serve youth in the Arnold Palmer Hospital, and one from the Orange County School system to work with Autistic students at a local high school.
Before 2008, I had 5 hospitals that I facilitated my programs in. The surprise came when I found I was made a part of a Body Mind Medicine Program that used the arts in a program for patients, with a group of other "Healing Artists." In addition other holistic concepts and ideas like Laughter, Chi Gong, art therapy, nutrition and poetry were practiced there. My job as a "Healing Arts Specialist" was to play bedside music in the assigned rooms and facilitate Health Rhythms Empowerment Group Drumming for patients, staff and visitors. I received a partial scholarship while working in this institution to train as a Therapeutic Musician with the MHTP Music for Healing and Transition School. In addition, I trained with Christine Stevens, Board Certified Music Therapist and Dr. Barry Bittman, M.D. and researcher for Empowerment Drumming and the immune system. I learned the protocol that was researched by The Remo Drum company and Dr. Bittman's research. I was taken by not only the beats and sound, but the fact that "Health Rhythms Empowerment Drumming" has been shown to reverse the classic stress response and increase killer cell activity, thereby strengthening the immune system. The latest research is showing that drumming is a good therapy for Autistic and Special Needs children because the sound stimulates neural connections to improve brain functioning.
I have created unique programs fashioned after experiences with patients, my education and my own unique experiences.
After a 20 minute Therapeutic bedside music session with my flutes and the Ocean Drum I wrote reports on many patients whose vitals were checked by trained technicians. Time after time, they reported lowered blood pressure, normalized heart rate and increased oxygen uptake!
While facilitating my Empowerment Drumming Program at a Behavioral Hospital, Therapists told me that patients seemed to open up and share from their heart instead of fear after our sessions.
My programs can serve anyone looking for less stress, greater wellness, creative wholeness and balance.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, I'm sure you'll be happy in discovering a fit for your unique community, family, children or the company you work for.
I look forward to being of service to you soon! Look around my website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at 407-895-1252 or email me Cheryl@cherylsmagicflute.com.
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