One good way to lift the spirits
Robert Burton wrote in the 17th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia. Makes sense - the songs we love tend to instantly make us feel better!
KELLY AND HJB MAKE THE DAILY NEWS AGAIN!
The Effingham Daily News article goes behind the scenes at Drum Circle Class. Participants provide their thoughts about the activity, and the benefits derived from participating. Read the article here.
THE HEALING JUKEBOX JOINS THE EFFINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassadors welcomed new member The Healing Jukebox.
The Healing Jukebox is a music therapy company founded in 2010 by Effingham resident Kelly Willenborg. She delivers forms of rhythmic therapy using hand percussion, drums and recognizable songs to boost cognitive function, depression/anxiety and improve quality of life and benefits those with Alzheimer's, autism, stroke/brain injury, hospice and mental health groups.
Shown in the photo, from left, are Chamber Ambassador Jerry Jansen; Willenborg; and Ambassador Dr. Carol Hourigan.
free health screenings draw people downtown
The Effingham Daily News mentioned The Healing Jukebox in an article about the Downtown Effingham Health Fair held on Friday, April 24th. Read the article here.
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month AT SIU
In participation for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine joins with The Healing Jukebox to promote screenings of the movie "Alive Inside". This documentary won the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Read the article here.
ipod drive to facilitate healing through music
Check out this Effingham Daily News article from January 2013 - Kelly continues to sow the seeds of The Healing Jukebox as she promotes the use of music as a healing influence.
HELPING SENIORS WITH MUSIC THERAPY
The Teutopolis Press helps to spread Kelly's mission with this article from early 2013. The idea was there, the work was begun, the mission was visualized, but the name of the project hadn't yet revealed itself.