Healing Touch with Heather Taylor
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I know music as therapy

 

 

First, a little about why I group massage and music...The earliest recorded history will show massage and music to be uniquely and deeply tied to the human experience. I celebrate them both as universal languages. Music and massage bring me back to the moment and in the moment there is magic. I aim to embrace a healthier community through the power of music and the power of touch!

 

Music utilized as therapy is deeply rooted in human history. Ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures have used sound as a self-healing mechanism for centuries. This practice is being revitalized in Western culture and continues to be a personally accessible tool to connect and heal.

 

I attended the Crane School of Music, class of 2009, as a classical flautist, which I look back at with great memories.  I learned stacks of flute literature, played with great musicians and had successful performances. Meanwhile my body endured overuse injuries which I chose to ignore. I knew that style wasn't what I wanted to continue doing and it also wasn't how I wanted to live my life.  

 

I found much stress relief from creative playing after graduation. I joined forces with a recording engineer once from L.A., to record my first solo flute album with world flutes (some of which I picked up while backpacking through Europe.) From Dream to Dream is an album meant for relaxation and the beginning meditator. Each track helps silence the mind while keeping it entertained with different textures, imagery and tone.

 

I started to explore music a bit more and discovered the American musical "roots" via flute.  Once I started playing the blues on flute, I was deeply inspired by a song on the radio called Soul of a Man by Blind Willie Johnson, a bluesman and  spiritualist from the early 1900's. It's funny how one moment can change everything, and that moment did. Because of that song, I became the lead singer of The Crawdiddies. Our first album was released in September 2012. You can buy and listen to it here. Our second album was nominated for CITY paper's Best of Rochester, Local album of 2015. Buy and/or listen to it here. Each album has it's own unique flavor. The first, featuring a slide guitar demonstrating more of a blues feel and the second, featuring a banjo with new and all original folk-like tunes.

  

You may also find me playing around Rochester as a solo artist or as a guest artist. You can contact me for bookings.  Follow me on Facebook to see what I'm up to as a solo artist here or on The Crawdiddies Facebook page.      

 The Crawdiddies

 Ben Haravitch  (banjo player, vocals, guitar) Jay Chaffee (upright bass),  Washboard Dave Paprocki and me!

 

We are made with sound. I say, tune in and turn it on up!

 

 


Disclaimer: Licensed Massage Therapists are not Doctors. Healing Touch with Heather Taylor will not diagnose, cure, or prescribe medications for any medical condition or illness.

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