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The perception of pain serves an obvious purpose but, what can we do when pain is not something we really need to be aware of and it functions only as an nuisance or perhaps even something akin to torture? What can we do to alter the experience in order to nullify its noxious and unneeded effects or perhaps, even better, to adapt to the experience towards something positive such as, relaxation?
This presentation will attempt to show you just how to do this. The key here is to make music a preferred sensation!
- The appropriate selection of, and, active listening to music can then provide a ground for experimenting with new and preferred patterns of focusing on moment-to-moment incoming sensory stimulation.
- Pleasing and mentally engaging music can be employed to help mitigate unnecessary emotional and cognitive responses to strong sensations allowing for an increased sense of the body and the ability to simply relax in response to such strong somatic stimuli as they dissipate peacefully.
- Gestalt experiments can be employed to sort out the issues involved with making pain less figural by coming to terms with the role a particular pain has in one’s life and then dealing with it appropriately, as in treating it directly or relegating it to the background as we enjoy a piece of music, for instance.
Frank Bosco, MA, LCAT, LMT, BC-MT, RPP, SEP, is a body-oriented music psychotherapist and full member of the NYIGT. He began working with gestalt principles in music psychotherapy in the late 1970’s in various hospital settings while studying at NYU. At the same time he got a license in massage therapy and began exploring various approaches to body-oriented psychotherapy, e.g., Wilhelm Reich and neo-Reichians such as, Alexander Lowen (Bio-energetics) and later Stanley Keleman. Throughout the 1980’s he worked in private practice where he began incorporating and then later, teaching East/West philosophies and practices along with Ericsonian hypnosis in an eclectic therapy approach called, “Polarity Therapy”. This lead to the development of a unique combination of bodywork and music psychotherapy he calls: “Elemental Music Alignment”. This work was the subject of his Masters thesis and he has been offering sessions for it using a specially designed sound table at his Chelsea office in NYC.
In the mid ’90’s he began studying Peter Levine’s “Somatic Experiencing” approach to trauma in the first NY based training and was impressed by how much this new approach employed theories and practices consistent with that of gestalt therapy. With this in mind he began doing this brand of trauma work using hand percussion instruments as a means of communication and expression in gestalt experiments, an approach he calls: “Drum Dialoguing”.
Frank has been teaching and leading music therapy groups at NYU since 1990 and elsewhere since 1981. He has had a mind/body and music therapy center in NYC for the past 26 years. He currently offers classes and events at his current Sound Health Studio location in the East Village. He has a handful of chapters related to pain, trauma, and gestalt in music therapy, one of which has been republished in the book, “NYIGT in the 21st Century“.
For more information see: SoundHealthStudio.com website.