By Steven Baldridge

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”
-- E. Y. Harburg 

 Have you ever been listening to the radio and a song comes on that makes you want to laugh, cry, dance, or even scream? When you hear your favorite song from the Beach Boys, Beyoncé or the Beatles, your thoughts and emotions change. And, perhaps more interestingly, your brain and body actually change.

 You see, emotions have a greater impact on our health than we realize. Emotions affect our bodily functions like wakefulness and sleep; anxiety and calmness; even the way we perceive pleasure and pain. And music affects our emotions.  When we hear music, our thought patterns change and our brains give us a dose of feel-good endorphins that calm our tensions and excite the everything-is-pretty-good centers in our brains (okay, that’s not the technical term, but you get the point).

 Research tells us that music, by triggering these brain reactions, can make our brains think better. Music can normalize our heart rates, blood pressure, breathing, and our levels of stress hormones.

Speaking of stress, on February 27 at 5:30 p.m. Angel Foss will present “Relaxation Techniques” and you are cordially invited to join us. If you don’t know Angel keep reading below. Better yet, meet her February 27. You are in for a treat. UH Administrative Services Building at 663 East Main Street in Ashland.

Registration for this free class is appreciated at 419-207-2563 or by email at

  University Hospitals Connor Integrated Health Network and The Samaritan Hospital Foundation have collaborated to provide a wide range of Music Therapy services to our patients and the general community. But what exactly is Music Therapy?  Music Therapy is evidence-based (based on science and research), clinically applied (used to improve health), individualized therapy provided by a credentialed professional.  Music Therapists have a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy plus 1200 hours of supervised clinical training, and are board certified. A Music Therapist knows not only music, but human physiology and medicine as well. Music therapy is a great way to boost overall well-being for patients, caregivers, and the general public. All who participate can benefit.

  Here in the Ashland area we are fortunate to have University Hospitals Music Therapist Angelique (Angel) Foss, MS, MT-BC who works with UH Samaritan’s physicians and staff in inpatient and outpatient settings to help patients with management of pain, anxiety, and stress.


What else is Angel up to?

Upcoming Community Events Winter/Spring 2020
Open to the public Located at 663 E Main unless otherwise noted
*Please call 419-289-0491 ext. 3038 to register – ALL FREE

Drums Alive (Rhythm and Movement)
Tuesdays – Feb 18, 25 and March 3, 10
LOWER MOBILITY 4:00-4:45pm
AEROBIC CLASS 5:00-5:45pm

Music Group at Council on Aging
Monday March 16th @ 1:00-2:00pm
Visit or call Council on Aging for more information

Music Therapy for Recovery with Pathways of Ashland
Thursday – Feb 20th @ 12:15-1:30pm – Songwriting at Pathways
Thursday – March 19th @ 12:15-1:30pm – Drumming (in the Hospital E Tower Conference Room)

Pat Risser RSVP Conference Drum Circle
Tuesday March 31st – Ashland University
Visit for more information

Community Drum Circle
Tuesday – April 21 @ 4:45pm
*Bring your own drum or an instrument will be available for you to use!
Come shake a shaker, play a drum or just listen. No music experience required.

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