SOUND & MUSIC THERAPY
Music plays a pivotal role in sculpting the acute psychedelic experience and has major implications for the long-term outcomes people may experience.
Across the board, music is used during psychedelic healing and therapy sessions as a standard of care and guidance. Music can be thought of as the “hidden therapist,” during psychedelic treatment, due to its central importance (1).
Set playlists may not always be suited to the highly dynamic and subjective experience of an individual during psychedelic therapy and can increase the likelihood of unwelcome effects.
This is in stark contrast to the ritual analogues of psychedelic therapy, such as ayahuasca, peyote and Iboga ceremonies, where performed music is able to respond intuitively to the evolving needs of individuals and groups within a ceremonial context.
Studies demonstrate that the degree to which music resonates with an individual drives core therapeutic mechanisms: insight, meaning-making, emotionality and peak experience. Every person’s life experiences are unique - the music for their psychedelic therapy should be too.
Wavepaths: From Playlist to Personalisation
Developed from peer-reviewed research on the use of music in psychedelic therapy, Wavepaths is designed to support therapeutic work with PTSD, depression, end-of-life anxiety and other conditions, with or without a psychedelic.
Wavepaths provides ever-evolving musical worlds designed to resonate with the unique needs of individuals and is composed by renowned artists - Jon Hopkins, Greg Haines, Robert Rich, Anilah, Christina Vantzou and many more, with new music added weekly.
Each session is completely unique, rendered in-the-moment by Wavepaths generative music technology. Extensive research has made it possible for Wavepaths to complement the duration of action of psychedelic medicines.
Wavepaths is available via a monthly subscription including access to Wavepaths community - an exclusive community of peers and experts dedicated to advancing the field. Membership offers education and training courses as well as experiential events.
If you would like to learn more or try Wavepaths for yourself as a therapist or practitioner, sign up to Wavepaths waitlist or explore Wavepaths website.
(1) Kaelen M, Giribaldi B, Raine J, Evans L, Timmerman C, Rodriguez N, et al. The hidden therapist: evidence for a central role of music in psychedelic therapy. Psychopharmacology (Berl) [Internet]. (2018) 235(2): 505–519. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-017-4820-