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Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention with Jeff Strong – Part 1

Jeffrey has a marvelous conversation with Jeff Strong, the founder and Director of the REI Institute, a music-medicine research organization and therapy provider. He is also the creator of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention, an auditory program for people with neurological disorders.

Jeff is a recognized pioneer in the use of auditory rhythm for neurological disorders and has presented research at many scientific conferences.

His work has been featured in numerous books and journals including The Mozart Effect for Children, The Autism Treatment Guide, The ADD Checklist, Open Ear Journal, and Sound Connections, to name a few.

He is also author of 8 books. Jeff is a sought-after expert on the therapeutic use of music, rhythm and sound, having made frequent media appearances including two documentaries and numerous radio and television programs.

As part of his ethnomusicological research, Jeff spent over a decade studying and apprenticing with traditional therapeutic rhythm practitioners, including a Celtic shaman and a Shango Baptiste healer. It’s from these studies that Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention was born.

Musical rhythm has a long history of use to effect brain wave states. Today, techniques involving rhythm are finding their way in contemporary therapeutic settings. As creator of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention, Jeff has invested over 25 years of research into rhythmic traditions and their use for people with conditions as diverse as autism, ADHD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, brain injury, and anxiety disorders.

Jeff’s work at the REI Institute addresses the core mechanisms involved in both synchronizing and stimulating the brain with auditory rhythm along with understanding and applying specific rhythmic patterns used to enhance neurological function.

The REI Institute was founded in 1994 by Jeff Strong and Beth Kaplan after more than a decade of research into the traditional uses of musical rhythm in therapeutic practice. From 1982 to 1994, Jeff explored traditional therapeutic rhythm techniques from around the world, immersing himself in traditions from Africa to North America, South America and Europe.

Dissatisfied with many of the traditional cultural aspects of these ancient rhythm techniques, Jeff Strong formed the REI Institute to examine the core mechanisms of these techniques in a scientifically controlled setting in order to eliminate any placebo effect and to better understand the mechanisms involved in using rhythm to stimulate and synchronize the nervous system.

Jeff will  be presenting his formidable work this fall at the Third International Sound Healing Conference in Santa Fe on November 14- 18th. This conference is one of the four wonderful International consciousness conferences presented by The Message Company throughout the year.

I think you will find my conversation with Jeff very revealing about not only the ancient roots of sound and rhythm in therapeutic uses, but also how these ancient traditions are influencing therapeutic practices today and the cutting edge of research in this nascent field of research.

The Omni Art Salon theme music When Angels Smile, is provided courtesy of Back To Earth

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