Biofeedback is a technique used to assess and evaluate the natural rhythms of the body, like heart rate, respiration rate, and pulse. By including this kind of data in our music therapy assessments and interventions, we are able to better help an individual become more aware of these things and teach them the process of controlling these systems. Within the body, these systems all directly impact one another. By learning to control and regulate these things, greater wellness and health can be achieved. Through biofeedback, an individual is able to gain a greater sense of awareness and understanding of what is happening within their own body.
Music therapy is a different approach to medical care and to therapy. At Gsus, we utilize biofeedback as a baseline indicator to establish where an individual is and how best to chart out where an individual would like to go in their therapy journey – which is just a fancy way of saying we use data your body provides (like your heartbeat, your brainwave functioning, your pulse, even your rate of breathing) to customize your treatment. We do it all through music and musical elements. Sure, it will look and feel like instrument playing or song singing; but great things are happening within the mind, the body, and the spirit. We do this because we are rhythm and we embody rhythm in the pulmonary rhythm of breathing, the cardio rhythm of the heartbeat, and the circadian rhythm of sleeping and waking. The human body is a powerful rhythmic convergence of multiple beats working together in the groove of life. We breathe, talk, eat, chew, sleep, wake, and move to a rhythm. We are walking, talking, ticking, tocking polyrhythms or multiple beats.
We use biofeedback to assess the current functioning of an individual; and then use the same method to observe and assess moment-to-moment physiological changes within the individual during sessions where musical stimuli is being provided. This allows us to preemptively address and redirect specific physiological changes that are measured and to teach an individual or group within session interventions to address these changes before they erupt within the individual or become disruptive.