I believe that essential oils have taken my music therapy practice to a new level. I’ve learned to pair emotional release exercises and music with Young Living’s essential oils for incredible results. My favorites blends for this are Envision, Clarity, and Magnify Your Purpose. 

My favorite way to incorporate oils is by asking my clients to share an intention for the session. After I suggest several oils with spiritual properties that best match their intention, I lead them through a quick visualization exercise in which they imagine the positive manifestation of their intentionl. I do this while playing an instrumental drone or low-pitched drum, allowing the vibration,  rhythm and aroma to move them deeper into the experience.

My goal is to help people move more into a place of introspection and connection. I want to empower people to find the answers that they hold within. And show them that they are whole and perfect. The oils help me do this. and the response has been INCREDIBLE.

If you are a practitioner and would like to learn more about how to do this, I invite you to join My Facebook Forum. I’ve teamed up with two other practitioners to create a community of support where we are all learning together. It has been wonderful.  Join us 

Music Therapy and Wellness Interview

I'm feeling so honored to have been interviewed this week for Ami Kunimura's blog, The Harmony Resource! Please check it out

“In this interview, Ellen Whealton shares her remarkable journey into music therapy and how she incorporates wellness, meditation, imagery, and essential oils into her practice."


The vagus nerve not only controls the relaxation response in the body, it is a key player in chronic illnesses and inflammatory diseases. Enhancing the responsiveness of the vagus nerve has been shown to greatly reduce chronic pain, regulate blood glucose levels, reduce the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and even cardiovascular disease. 

Music, Imagery and Therapeutic Sound Vibration are non-surgical ways to increase your vagal tone. This is one of the many reasons why music therapy techniques are so effective at relieving pain.

A Tip for Parents - Working through transitions

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Does your child have difficulties with transitions? Try singing through it! Use a familiar song with new words…... 

(To the tune of" Wheels on the Bus”)

The toys in the room get put away,

Put away,

Put away,

The toys in the room get put away,

So we can go to bed…..”

This technique has been a huge help for my son, who has a processing disorder that causes him to have trouble transitioning from one activity to the next. This technique is a fun, engaging way to help him mentally prepare for whatever comes next. Sometimes, I sing the whole day through and the days goes by more peacefully for both of us!


Music and the Brain

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Want to build brain power?  Play a musical Instrument!

The brain when you listen to music:

This links to a great article about what music does for the brain. I LOVE the video (halfway down the article) It shows an MRI of a brain while the participant listens to music. Fascinating!

The brain when you play music:

Either way, you win!

Music Therapy for Grief and Loss?

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Guinness Record Breaker - Crystal Singing Bowls

Our very own Andrea Cortez helped to lead this incredible gathering!

The Austin community along with Ten Thousand Villages set a Guinness World
record by gathering 278 people to play the singing bowls at once.  Our
group intention was for creating harmony.  It was quite inspiring and a
beautiful moment.

Music as a Connective Force: How do you connect?

Music connects us to something greater.  It connects us on an individual level to our emotions and to our “self.” When playes in a group, it connects us to the other group members.  As a society, we can connect to the meaning of music when it is structured around societal concerns and ideas.

When paired with imagery, music can connect us to our unconscious mind. Without the need to speak, we can work through underlying issues and problems and come out of the imagery in a better psychological state.  The power of music as a connective force is undeniable.

How do you connect with music?  Do you play with a group?  Do you listen with intention? How does it make a difference in your life?

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My Near Death Experience

Many years ago, I had an experience that connected me with the other side.  Here, I speak about that experience and discuss how it changed the way that I view life, death, and my role in this world.

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