Using calming effect of music to ‘heal’ illnesses

Soothing melodies: Master Shen Wu playing the Gu Xun, a traditional Chinese musical instrument during his Music Therapy performance at Equatorial Hotel Penang.

IT may be a ‘costly’ affair to watch the performance of Master Shen Wu, who is touted to be an eminent music therapy guru, but that did not stop more than 500 people from packing the Equatorial Hotel Penang ballroom to catch his show.

The event started off with Master Shen Wu, who is the founder of SW Music Therapy, playing a flute-like instrument called Gu Xun which emanated a slow and soothing flow of music, keeping the audience attentive for more than an hour.

The atmosphere turned to pin drop silence, when he continued playing his serene and peaceful music using another traditional instrument called the ‘Ba Wu’.

The pace of his music moved to the next level when Shen Wu switched to the piano, but the music was still serene and subdued and kept the audience glued to their seats with their eyes closed while enjoying the soothing and calming effect of the music.

In his brief introduction after the opening address by Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Shen Wu urged the audience to put their minds and bodies at rest, so as to fully blend with the music and close their minds to the outside world, to listen and accept the music which would ‘heal’ whatever their diseases were.

He said music therapy was an alternative therapy developed from the combination of the art of Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine and classical culture.

He also claimed music therapy had gained recognition and acceptance worldwide as a viable method of healing by many experts in the fields of conventional healing and modern medicine, by colleges and institutions, by scientists as well as celebrities and political figures.

The organiser of the event was SW Music Therapy Association, Penang.

Its president Lye Teik Gin said that the objective of the event was to introduce and promote ‘Music of Life’ to the public where the proceeds would be used for the activities of the association, which was formed in July.

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