The Path to Harmony: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Music, Reiki and Applied Kinesiology

by Carrie Jackson

musicapothecaryThe work of the Music Apothecary, in Wyndmoor, is the latest design of a healing music system that incorporates various Eastern and Western healing modalities to bring the body’s energetic systems “into phase”. The result can be the resolution of chronic allergies, addictions, food issues and other health-related imbalances.

The music is an energetic music based on the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can target organs, tissues and meridians that are in need of repair. Practitioners Michael Legge and Mariko LaFleur are currently offering one-hour sessions to clients that begin with organ, supplement and food testing through energetic response via applied kinesiology (AK) kits. “Any organs, tissues or meridians that are out of phase will pop up when we test clients energetically through the use of the pendulum. We then use a tool called The Music Prescription Generator that will display which musical treatment will bring coherency back into the unbalanced organ, or into whatever part of the body needs balancing,” says Legge.

blackkiWhen working with patients, Legge and LaFleur combine Jikiden Reiki, a medical reiki designed to target areas of distress, with the Music Apothecary techniques for the greatest energetic impact. “The synergy created through this combined modality is a unique energy medicine that delivers maximum power for bringing the system back into homeostasis,” Legge explains.

Legge and LaFleur are also working with another revolutionary AK kit from Ireland. The Food & Lectin AK Test Kit contains 150 ampoules, or samples, of meats, fish, dairy, grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, drinks and spices. “Many food sensitivities can be traced to the lectins present in these food groups, which can cause digestive irritability and inflammation,” says Legge.

Location: 7703 Elm Ave., Wyndmoor. For more information, call 215-801-6393 or visit October 2016.

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Letter from the Publisher, September 2016

Karen_LFP_0516As I spoke with Natural Awakenings readers and friends for this Healing Music issue, I repeatedly heard a similar theme. Most people could remember a time when music was just a natural and normal part of life. Some folks drummed in a rock band in high school or performed in piano recitals. Some of us sang in the church choir or played clarinet in a marching band. Others followed the Grateful Dead, making bootleg cassettes, with a hula hoop dancing around their ankles. Maybe you were the one with the biggest record collection, the one that everyone envied. We were at one time, in our own ways, musical beings, enjoying and making music in a joyous and uninhibited way.

I personally remember that time with sweet nostalgia—belting out a solo in my high school auditorium, standing for hours waiting to see Joni Mitchell… I had a CD tower that stacked up to the ceiling of my dorm room.

The stories I heard also reflected a familiar tone of disappointment when I asked how music played into their lives now. Folks lowered their voices and shook their heads and said things like, “too busy,” and “have forgotten how” and “oldest one in the place.” I sheepishly admitted to them that I also now consider music more a luxury than a necessity. I’m more likely to let Pandora tell me what will come through my headphones than to take the time to make the choices myself. On the rare occasion that I sing, it’s usually huddled around a birthday cake.

I think I’m like many adults for whom a demanding set of professional and personal obligations makes it hard to find the space for creative interests and pursuits. When that reality colludes with our inner critic, the message we receive is that we haven’t the time or talent to make music a part of our lives.

Fortunately, mental, physical and spiritual health experts are urging us to think otherwise. In this issue, we learn the seemingly infinite different ways that music and sound help to heal what ails us, while opening up our creativity for greater spaciousness and wholehearted expression. All of this has been proven to help us live better, longer. In short, singing in the shower and going to concerts isn’t just fun—it’s good for our health!

With that info in tow, “Get My Groove Back” starts now! Thanks to Mysterium Music (check them out on page 30), I’m building a library of new tunes for working, relaxing and meditating. I’ve enrolled in a weekend intensive with kirtan superstars David and Mira Newman. I love kirtan, and according to all the research, it loves me back. When the internal voices start their yammering about all the reasons I shouldn’t go, I’ll be prepared to chant through the chatter until all I hear is sound, and all I feel is peace, with the knowledge that what I’m doing is moving me toward greater wellness in body, mind and spirit.

I hope that what’s shared here will help you, as well, to tune into the music inside you, turn up the volume and find your unique groove.

With you in Awakening,

Karen G. Meshkov

September 2016