Music therapy treatment for cancer patients

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Kenyan cancer patients can enjoy the healing properties of music through a workshop being hosted by Honduran musician Wanny Angerer at a time when by 2012 it was contributing to seven per cent of the total mortality.

Dubbed the Music and Dance Therapy Workshop, the event will see patients exposed to music and dance as a form of treatment.
“Wanny Angerer a Honduran musician and a group from Boston called the Global Youth Boston Group who will treat cancer patients along with their carers to a few hours of music and dance therapy,” said Arwa of the Faraja Cancer Support Centre which will be the venue of the event.

Music therapy has been said to be very beneficial. A study done by psychologist Daniel J. Levitin , PhD  and Lisa Chanda, PhD found out that music improves the body's immune system function and reduces stress.

According to the Music Therapy Association of Ontario, music therapy is the expert use of music and musical elements  by a certified music therapist to promote, maintain and restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Dance therapy which is similar to music therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as using movement in a psychotherapeutic manner to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social integration of a person.

The one-off event which will be held at the Faraja Cancer Support Centre on Thursday June 25th is primarily targeting cancer patients.
“This doesn't mean that everyone else is locked out. Anyone can come including children,” remarked Arwa.

Those planning to attend the workshop are advised to dress comfortably.
“Clothes such as a tracksuit and a t-shirt are the most ideal,” noted Arwa.

The workshop is free but those who are interested in making a donation towards the Faraja Cancer Centre are free to do so.

Registration for the event can be done by calling 0727529287 with the names and number of those planning to attend. For more information one can also visit the Facebook event page.

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