About Heartbeat Lullabies

Since 1985, my research backed arrangements of traditional nursery songs with a human heartbeat rhythm have calmed millions of infants, children, adults and dogs in hospitals, care centers, and homes around the world.

Can a Heartbeat Lullaby calm babies in a few seconds?

See it calm infants and children in hospitals across America.

Can a Heartbeat Lullaby quickly comfort anxious barking dogs?

See 50 barking dogs in a humane society calm to the music in less than two minutes.

Can a Heartbeat Lullaby quickly comfort you?

    An adventuresome clinical psychologist at the V.A. in Austin, Texas was the first to encourage me to pursue the adult applications for the Heartbeat Lullabies. She had given a copy of the Heartbeat Lullabies CD to her patients to play when they were in pain, anxious or needed sleep. She discovered symptoms caused by Insomnia, Anxiety, PTSD, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Chronic pain could be counteracted by the power of the Heartbeat Lullabies to reduce their anxiety, fear, stress, tension and anger. Many of her patients were happy to have an alternative to adding something else for sleep to their already long list of meds.
    Needless to say I was excited about the possibilities, but soon realized that this idea was going to be a hard sell. Not everyone in a position of influence to help spread the use of this music, is adventuresome, or willing to give the idea the time of day, unless there is solid research to back it up. It sounds too condescending and infantile.
    Being an impatient man, in my encore years, and feeling called and determined to do my best to make the adult benefits of this music known, I set up The Comforter web site. When you are having problems, you can access relief free, anytime and anywhere, without having to identify who you are, or what problems you are having. It either works for you or it doesn’t. If you haven’t listened to a Heartbeat Lullaby and watched the inspirational quotes yet, I hope my following analysisyou curious enough to try it.

Possible reasons Heartbeat lullabies perform like a musical hypnotic.
"The Relaxation Response"

Heartbeat Lullabies are therapeutic music tools that elicit what is called the “Relaxation Response”. Dr. Herbert Benson, professor, author, cardiologist, and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute defines his term, “Relaxation Response”, as your personal ability to encourage your body to release chemicals and brain signals that make your muscles and organs slow down and increase blood flow to the brain. The Relaxation Response is essentially the opposite reaction to the “fight or flight” response. According to Benson, using the Relaxation Response is beneficial as it counteracts the physiological effects of stress and the fight or flight response. Benson can be largely credited for demystifying meditation and helping to bring it into the mainstream, by renaming meditation the “Relaxation Response”.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/heart-and-soul-healing/201303/dr-herbert-benson-s-relaxation-response

Meditation

If you have not tried meditation or prayer as a way to deal with your symptoms, or even if you have, focusing on the heartbeat Lullabies is a method that makes it easier for you to quickly do both. If you practice controlled breathing as a meditation or relaxation technique, try breathing in tempo with the rhythm of the song. Playing the therapeutic music all night, at a low volume, will also help you achieve restorative sleep.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation

When Music can be as powerful as drugs.

    Music can be as powerful as drugs to motivate, stimulate, relax, and alter your mood. Songs can evoke all kinds of feelings, emotions, memories, and mental images. Have you had an experience where you heard a favorite record from your past that you had not heard in a while? Did your thoughts flash back to circumstances or events you had earlier in your life? Did you remember where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing at the time? Did you experience the same feelings you got when you listened to the record back then? Whether your flash back experience was positive or negative, it was a powerful distraction from the thoughts and feelings you were having before your heard it.
    Song lyrics and melodies can help us express not so easily expressed thoughts andemotions. Whether the message in a song speaks to you, or for you, can depend on your musical taste. The instrumentation, arrangement and singing style used to the sell the song’s emotion and message has to appeal to you for you to engage.
    There are certain songs that are so powerful that they affect a majority of people in the same way regardless of their differing musical taste. When the “Star Spangled Banner” is performed, most Americans experience many of the same feelings and emotions. Marches, fight songs, drum cadences, and dance music can energize us and increase our physical stamina. However, compiling a playlist of songs that will affect everyone in the same way is almost impossible. What genre of music might be enjoyable or relaxing for some will be very annoying to others, even when played at low volumes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_popular_music_genres

Heartbeat Lullabies evoke a positive flash Back to Feeling Safe

    Most of the traditional nursery songs used as music tracks on “The Comforter” music videos have been passed down for hundreds of years to comfort generations of children. Usually these classic hit melodies are compassionately sung a cappella or hummed by care providers as a part of a nurturing bedtime or naptime routine. Early exposure to hearing these non-romantic love songs, made a powerful, positive imprint on our memory. No matter what age, we don’t forget them and still associate the simple melodies and lyrics with a time we were made to feel, safe, secure, nurtured, wanted, valuable, and loved.
    Sandra Trehub, a psychologist at the University of Toronto, has devoted her life to studying the musical ability of the human brain. The principal focus of her research is on the development of listening skills in infants and young children. Trehub was surprised to discover that repetitive lullabies are often songs that other people not just infants and children wish to hear over and over again. It's her theory that rather than becoming bored by the repetition, we tend to find comfort in the familiarity of these simple tunes.
http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/psychology/people/faculty/sandra-trehub

Heartbeat Lullabies block out unwanted thoughts.

    If you have already watched one of “The Comforter” music videos then you probably noticed how a Heartbeat Lullaby is orchestrated and arranged to help the singer sell the compassion these non-romantic love songs call for. Eighteen of the twenty eight “The Comforter” music videos have simple repetitive story songs like “This Old Man”, and “London Bridge” as the music track. These musical hypnotics block out your unwanted thoughts much like a mantra or chant does in other methods used to elicit mediation. Even if these nursery songs are new to you, hearing them presented in this simple but sophisticated way will be a relaxing distraction from what is keeping you awake or making you miserable.
    Although I think these reasons might be rational, they do not explain all the ways these recordings have quickly brought peace and healing to people who were in extremely dire circumstances.

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

A peace that passes all understanding

    In 1985, I saw London Bridge calm an agitated baby in a Cardiac recovery unit, in less than 15 seconds. That was the first time I had ever witnessed a miracle in person. The Cardiac Intensive Care nurses encouraged me to add more songs and get it to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses. Since then, I have seen and heard enough to be certain that the miraculous calming and. healing effect of the Heartbeat Lullabies is a gift from God and not from my own intention, inspiration or design. Hearing it can bring a peace that passes all understanding no matter what your age or circumstances. I have always believed this music is a gift that needs to be shared with all who can benefit. The positive feedback and heartwarming stories we receive from assisted living centers, memory units, military support groups and other care providers is very gratifying, exciting and motivating.
    I know many of you who are looking for help will be skeptical and resistant to the idea of listening to the children’s nursery songs as a possible solution to your problems. Unless you buy in to the concept, or believe in God sends, the suggestion may sound too infantile and condescending. The only way to know for sure if this therapeutic music will engage and help you, is to watch and/or listen to one of “The Comforter” music videos on a DVD or on www.adultlullabytherapy.com.

The purpose of the “The Comforter” Music Videos

“The Comforter” music videos have character generated, thought provoking quotes that fade in and out on your TV, computer, tablet or smart phone screen. The Heartbeat Lullabies are used as the music soundtrack. Reading and thinking about the inspirational and sometimes humorous quotes breaks the cycle when you are ruminating on whatever is bothering you. You will begin to relax and feel the therapeutic music taking effect as you hear it play in the back ground.

The purpose of the "The Comforter" Christian Music videos

The quotes on the ten Christian music videos help those of you who are believers, have been a believer, or want to be a believer, define your relationship with God and affirm your faith In Jesus Christ as your savior. You soon realize you are not alone in your trials. The simple repetitive lyrics on The Christian Heartbeat Lullabies are powerful and go beyond being a mantra or chant. The worship songs videos like “Jesus Loves Me” help you proclaim your love for Christ and profess your faith in His love for you. The prayer song videos like “Into My heart” and “Kum Ba Ya” help you express your feelings, desires and prayer requests. If you have questions or comments, call or email me.

Terry Woodford
terry@audiotherapy.com
719-470-0100