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Free Event Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Williamsburg, VA (March 15, 2013) — There’s no mistaking the art and science of music. Come hear for yourself. As part of the music and medicine program offered through the Sentara Neurosciences Institute, Sentara holds a free event demonstrating connections between music and healing.

The event hosted by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is being held Monday, March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre on Scotland Street.

Admission is free but space is limited. Please RSVP to 1-800-SENTARA (736-8272).

Relying on the expertise found through the Sentara Neurosciences Institute, the experience will engage the audience. It may especially appeal to students, musicians, physicians, scientists and the community interested in the role music has improving health and the improving quality of life.

Sentara Neurologist Kamal Chemali, MD and medical director of Sentara Music and Medicine Center will host the event along with visiting french concert pianist Prisca Benoit.

About Music and Medicine

What's good for the mind and soul could also be good for the body. Music has been proven to have a healing connection to the body. Science and research have proven that the body benefits when music is played. From pain management and anxiety control to increased clinical outcomes, music has a healing connection to the body.

For example, through music, parts of the brain that have been damaged by disease or physical condition can be restarted. Patients, whose speech has been affected by stroke, often improve when music is added to their therapies. Music can also have healing effects on the heart and cells. It can improve heart rates, blood vessel tones, and the amount of blood flowing to the brain.

Sentara began building the Sentara Music and Medicine Center in 2011, with a focus on integrating music-based therapies as a treatment for improving the quality of life for patients, caregivers and members of the community. The team is committed to adding to the body of knowledge about the benefits of music and medicine through research. Another component of the program is community outreach.

Related Links:
Sentara Music and Medicine Center
Sentara Neurosciences Institute
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

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