High levels of sensory stimuli in care facilities have been found to negatively affect people with dementia. Resonant Silence Technique (RST) endeavors to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere through multiple periods of silence following sound.
After each sound from individual notes and short musical phrases has been allowed to slowly and completely fade, a period of silence is observed.
The use of a quieting environment, subtle sound and intentional silence is reported to help people with dementia feel less anxious, more relaxed and cooperative, emotionally appreciative, empathetic and to improve eye contact, concentration and communication.
Silence has been found to be relaxing and therapeutic, restoring body equilibrium and reducing brain wave frequency while lowering blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates.
Certain types of sound, namely vibrato and harmonics, have been found to reduce brain wave frequency.
Cedar and bamboo flute, guitar and voice, singing bowl and Tibetan ting-shas (small, rounded chimes). are the instruments chosen for they produce easily heard vibrato and harmonics.
Miriam Fein is the creator of RST. She holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music (BSM) from The Jewish Theological Seminary and is a certified Cantor/Minister/Educator. She is also a Certified Music Practitioner. More about Miriam Fein