In this modern, rushed, sensory-dense and outcome-focused world, our brains are being forced to work in ways they never have before!
The sheer volume of information to integrate, the focus on intellectual and cognitive outcomes over emotional and creative expression, the pressure to succeed and the speed at which it all needs to happen is overwhelming.
A brain that is overwhelmed isn't a brain that feels in control.
And a brain that doesn't feel in control? Is a brain in survival mode.
"The Brain Care Cafe has been one of the highlights of my life in this strange year."
"We come as we are and always leave enriched, having seeds of nourishment planted in our hearts, minds and spirits."
"I love this so much!!! It’s exactly what I need and needed and will need."
Brain Care = giving your brain MORE of what helps it run and LESS of what shuts it down.
By experiencing moments of brain care every day we widen our window of tolerance, release pent up emotion and remind our brain, body and nervous system that we are safe.
We regain clarity, energy and flow and experience less brain fog, fatigue and confusion.
The relationship between music and the brain is so huge that using music strategically in our lives is literally one of the best ways we can self regulate.
And perhaps most importantly? When our children witness our brain care journey, it plants the seed for their own development of self regulation. We do the work, they reap the rewards. It’s a win/win.
Think of brain care strategies the way you do vitamins - one moment of brain care won’t change your life, but moments of brain care every single day will keep your brain functioning at it’s best.
"I love the Brain Care Café! Thank you Alli - it's just what I need right now!"
"I'm in - it's definitely going to push some comfort zones in the process and I can't wait to experience it's magic."
"Our 10 year old daughter has actually told me she loves hearing me be happy now."
Q: What is the goal of the Café?
To give you a smorgasbord of brain care strategies so you can choose the perfect ones for you. To give brains more of what helps them run and less of what shuts it down. Please note that I do not promote changing or fixing brains, and that our strategies are aimed to help each individual function at their best, not to improve or change. This information must not take the place of any medical advice you have been or are currently seeking. Please see full terms and conditions for further information.
Q: Will this be relevant to me, or my children?
This one’s for you. I thought it time we create a space for our own brain care to be discussed. But the good thing about our strategies is that they can be very easily adaptable for you to use with your children and students so it’s a win/win!
Q: I don't think I have enough time.
This isn't another course you need to complete. The Brain Care Café will be a place you come to decompress while you learn regulatory strategies and support your brain to function at its best. You do not need to move through the content at a set pace, but it will be there for you to access when you are ready.
Q: I'm not on Facebook.
You can join us anyway! The Brain Care Café will be hosted on Facebook, and that’s where our conversations are happening. But all of the strategies, musical massages and guest interviews will be available in the online portal – you’ll receive access once you've joined.
Q: Am I locked in?
No - the Café is a subscription (renewing monthly, quarterly, or yearly) and you can cancel anytime. BONUS: The pricing level you sign up for now is a lifetime price, for as long as you wish to stay in The Brain Care Café.
neurologic music therapist / brain care specialist / 2016 amp tomorrow maker / mother
Allison Davies, Registered Music Therapist, lives and works on Tommeginne land, Lutruwita (Tasmania), Australia. She creates online resources for parents, educators and support staff and works with schools to deliver professional development around the topics of childhood brain development and the use of music as a regulatory tool.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching (University of New England, 2003), a Master of Music Therapy (University of Queensland, 2005) and Neurologic Music Therapy training (Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, 2016).
She is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association and World Federation of Music Therapy and has worked in private practice since 2007, predominantly across the areas of early childhood, adolescent mental health, youth justice, neuro-rehabilitation and aged, dementia and palliative care.
Allison is an autistic person with attention, sensory processing and executive functioning difficulties. She works within a neurodiversity framework that favours regulation over intervention, and shares her lived experience of autism openly within her seminars, workshops and conferences as part of her ‘emotive storytelling mixed with science’ approach to education.
In 2016 Allison was named a ‘National AMP Tomorrow Maker’ for her contribution to supporting Australian families through her 2 day workshop, Brains = Behaviours, which is now offered as a 10 week eCourse. In 2018 she created The Brain Care Café, an online membership for adults aiming to self-regulate through therapeutic music experiences.
Allison is a regular contributor to online network ParentTV, and radio station ‘Vision Australia’.
She lives in the rainforest of regional Tasmania, with her husband and 2 children, where she enjoys the beach, the bush and baths.