Certificate in Song Therapy

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A complementary therapy

Song therapy is a complementary therapy and definitions vary as to exactly what it is that defines a complementary therapy. This does cause understandable confusion and so we quote from a few organisations here to give some range of opinions as to what a complementary therapy might offer.

‘Complementary and alternative treatments are health-related treatments which are not part of mainstream medical care. They are thought to increase well being, aid relaxation and promote good mental health.’ (Rethink Mental Illness)

‘Complementary therapies are used alongside, or in addition to, conventional medical treatments. They do not claim to cure cancer. People use them to boost their physical or emotional health or to relieve symptoms or side effects. Some have been scientifically tested to check how effective and safe they are.’ (Macmillans Cancer Support)

‘Complementary therapies can be used alongside your usual medical treatment … [they] tend to take a more holistic approach. So, they aim to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit – rather than just the symptoms … there are many reasons why people may use complementary therapies alongside prescribed medication, including: they feel conventional medicine isn’t controlling their symptoms; they view complementary therapy as a way of taking control of their own health; they enjoy the social aspect of having group therapy sessions, such as yoga classes, or they see it as a way of having time to themselves; they find complementary therapies relaxing. This can be very useful as stress can make Parkinson’s symptoms worse.’ (Parkinsons UK)

‘A complementary therapy means you can use it alongside your conventional medical treatment. It may help you to feel better and cope better with your cancer and treatment.’ (Cancer Research UK)

Perhaps it is reassuring to know that there is a wealth of scientific evidence to support the positive therapeutic impact of music and it is this research that forms the backbone of our song therapy training.




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