Whealton went on to become a board-certified music therapist with a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. At the time she was studying, she was the only student in her graduate program. Now, however, nearly two decades later, she realizes she was on the forefront of the biggest trend in wellness since “wellness” became a thing. She runs a successful therapy business called Wellness Music Therapy, has a show on the Awake TV Network and another one coming on Amazon, and her sound-therapy workshops come highly recommended by Jack Canfield (author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”).
While using music as an instrument for healing is far from a new phenomenon—the practice dates back at least as long as the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations—it is now spurring the proliferation of everything from “gong bath” therapy centers to new technology that uses AI to create custom soundscapes that continually adapt to each listener’s physiology. (Brands are getting in on the trend, too: Smartwater has collaborated with Endel, an Amazon-funded app that pulls data from your phone and your smartwatch, to create Smartbeats, a generative music channel using algorithms and your own biofeedback designed to improve your wellbeing.) Wellness music is filtering into the mainstream music industry, too, with an explosion of channels and playlists on streaming sites like Spotify.