Especially powerful as a group activity, encouraging a ‘musitation’ is a lovely way to deeply relax for both the cared-for and the carer. It is a participative activity and may work well with family, friendship groups or with trusted carers. Incorporating ‘conscious’ steady breathing really helps. It’s also good for us! Use movement to help get into the ‘flow’.
To deeply relax
To use the MindHarp sounds to help induce a meditative state
- Make sure you are in a quiet and undisturbed space and people are comfortable
- Select the Khaju LydianScape and set at an appropriate volume
- Suggest to the player(s) whether they would like to try a calming or meditative activity
- Otherwise, with the sound playing, introduce steady breathing
- Lead by example, breathe in, fill the lungs and gently breathing out. Use your arms, raising them slowly, while inhaling and lowering them while exhaling
- If people are comfortable with it, close the eyes – they can follow if they wish
- Perhaps one person (or the facilitator) can then gently tap a button – but just one.
- Allow the sound to complete the cycle
- Use this session after a more lively activity to ‘calm down’ or between other activities
Important! Please remember never to ‘force’ an activity. Be open to allowing the activity to evolve according your loved ones’ needs. Sometimes one activity will flow into another naturally.