The next VIBRAC event will be taking place as a workshop at the IAMM2018 International Association for Music and Medicine Congress in Barcelona, Spain, June 7th-9th, 2018.
The VIBRAC Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research serves as a focal point for researchers and practitioners of vibroacoustic therapy around the world. It provides theoretical and practical training on the use of vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) i.e. low frequency sound vibration between 20-130 Hz applied for therapeutic goals. This therapy is the tactile application of sounds and music with therapeutic interaction between client and practitioner/therapist. Participants of the training courses have had varied backgrounds including music therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry and psychology, and medicine and (sports-) rehabilitation to name just a few. This VIBRAC satellite symposium provides a forum for current or future VAT practitioners, medical professionals, therapists, those working with children/adults with special needs and others to further understand how this versatile treatment can be used to activate or relax, for both psychological and physiological symptoms, in healthcare centers, hospitals, or private practice. This symposium follows the successful 1 st International VIBRAC Conference that took place in Lahti, Finland, in 2016 and the publication of a special issue in the journal Music and Medicine entitled “Multidisciplinary Applications of Vibroacoustics: From Clinical Practice and Research to Future Directions”. Co-editors of Music and Medicine Dr. med. Ralph Spintge and Joanne Loewy, Assoc. prof., MT-BC, will open the symposium, followed by three topic areas in current vibroacoustic research – (1) the use of vibroacoustics in pain and rehabilitation settings (Elsa Campbell), (2) vibroacoustics in Alzheimer’s Disease (Amy Clements-Cortes, Lee Bartel, & Heidi Ahonen), and (3) psychotherapeutically-oriented vibroacoustics (Esa Ala-Ruona & Marko Punkanen) – with a closing discussion/roundtable with VIBRAC board members, including Olav Skille, on the future directions of research and practice of VAT in the field of music and medicine.
Register to the workshop by January 16th for the early bird fee. This is done through registration to the congress and then choosing to attend a workshop (or several). See www.iamm2018barcelona.com for information on the whole event or contact the VIBRAC coordinator for more information.
There are now two opportunities to participate in Level I training: the first will be February 17th-18th in Tallinn, Estonia, led by practitioner Ivar Vinkel; the second will be in Zagreb, Croatia, April 20th-21st, led by practitioner Ana Katusic.
Register to the February training by January 15th and register to the April training by March 15th by email to email@example.com.
The training will be in English to facilitate an international platform. For more details, please contact the VIBRAC coordinator per email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publications: A special issue on Vibrooacoustic Therapy has been published in the journal Music and Medicine
The interdisciplinary journal "Music and Medicine" has published the special issue entitled "Multidisciplinary Applications of Vibroacoustics: From Clinical Practice and Research to Future Directions", with two of our executive board members as guest editors: Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona and Dr. Marko Punkanen.
This issue features articles based on research which has been presented at the 1st International VIBRAC Conference in Lahti, Finland in October 2016, with articles from our keynote speakers Heidi Ahonen, Lee Bartel, and Esa Ala-Ruona. Other authors have written on topics such as vibroacoustic therapy for developmental trauma, for spinal cord injuries, and for possible applications for the dual-sensory impaired.
Esa and Marko - in both this research-related focus, but also in VIBRAC trainings - have been working hard to promote the development, cooperation, and collaboration between vibroacoustic researchers and practitioners and look forward to great things to come in the field! Their guest editorial outlines the great work that has been done in practice and research areas, as well as outlining the future directions. Olav Skillegives a commentary on the beginnings of vibroacoustics and how this developed over time from years of hard work, collaboration, and inquisitive thinking. How wonderful to have the wisdom of the original conceptual development intertwined with the contemporary curiosity and drive for knowledge that is carefully fostered and honed by the VIBRAC executive group - Esa, Marko, and Jouni Kettunen - and others in the centre who contribute their own knowledge and skill set. Exciting times lay ahead!
To read the abstracts/articles in Music and Medicine, please follow the link: http://mmd.iammonline.com/index.php/musmed/issue/view/52
We at the VIBRAC Centre are so proud of the fabulous papers - both clinical reports and full-length papers - presented here. We wish you an inspiring perusal of these wonderful contributions!
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to all involved in making this special issue possible; Co-Editors-in-Chief Joanne LoewyDA, LCAT, MT-BC, Assoc. Prof., and Dr. Med. Ralph Spintge, Managing Editor Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI, and Production Editor Erik Baumann, MMT. It has been a wonderful experience and a landmark development for VIBRAC and all those involved.
VIBRAC Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research
VIBRAC is a development, training, and research centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT). The aim of the centre is to support the development of VAT internationally. The centre has an international advisory board, and serves as a central networking point for VAT clinicians and researchers all over the world.
Organisation The Eino Roiha Foundation in Jyväskylä, Finland, manages the administration of the VIBRAC centre. Additionally, the executive board, core group, advisory board, and scientific committee are involved in the promotion and development of VAT as a growing discipline. See About Us for more information.
This website offers information on the who the coordinators of the centre are and the activities undertaken by the centre's trainers, background, research and training information on the applications of VAT, and upcoming activities, trainings and events.
Training and Research Information
For information on the possibilities of VAT applications and training levels, see Activity.
If you are interested in the training possibilities in VAT, please send a message to: email@example.com. See the Activity tab for more information on the three training levels offered by the VIBRAC Centre and for more information on the upcoming Level I training event taking place on 13.10.2016 at Wanha Walimo, Lahti, Finland.
If you are interested in VAT research, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general queries or information on upcoming events, please send a message to: email@example.com