Zdeněk Vilímek, Jiří Kantor

Mgr. Zdeněk Vilímek studied Primary School Education and Special Education with a focus on blind children and children with visual impairments, mental disabilities as well as those with behaviour disorders at Palacky University in Olomouc, the Czech Republic. He finished the 5 year long “SUR” psychotherapist training with a focus on non-verbal techniques and art aspects of the therapy. He completed a year long psychological training course and many other short courses. Zdenek Vilimek obtained his experiences as the assistant of a special education teacher, as a special education teacher himself, a music therapist, consultant, advisor and the head of music therapy projects. He is currently studying a Ph.D. program at
Palacky University in Olomouc (Institute of Special Education Studies); his dissertation topic is “Effect of vibroacoustic stimulation on the autonomic nervous system in people with special needs” (https://uss.upol.cz/cs/o-ustavu/clenove-ustavu/doktorandi/mgr-zdenek-vilimek/).

doc. Mgr. Jiří Kantor, Ph.D. – employed at the Institute of Special Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, Palacký University in Olomouc, guarantor of the newly opened Master’s program of Music Therapy and subjects in the field of special education of persons with physical disability/ illness. Practice: people with severe multiple disabilities and other types of special needs. Main focus of scientific work: arts therapies, music therapy, vibroacoustic therapy, special education, musical education of people with special needs.

Abstract of workshop: INFLUENCE OF VIBROACOUSTIC STIMULATION ON AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM AND SUBJECTIVE PERCEPTION

Vibroacoustic stimulation is the use of low-frequency sinusoidal sound waves (30-120 Hz) for therapeutic and rehabilitation purposes. The presentation will present selected outcomes from a pilot study which aim was to find out the effects of the modern technological innovation of VAS – rehabilitation vibratory bed called Vibrobed on the autonomic nervous system and the perception of physical and mental state. The research sample was made up of 30 university students. The influence of Vibrobed were measured by spectral analysis of heartrate by pre-test/post-test in 3 interventions. The results of statistic analysis (t-test) show the potential of Vibrobed to stimulate the autonomic nervous system, namely its parasympathetic part. Differences in subjective perception of physical and psychological state before and after intervention were observed. A questionnaire of own construction and interviews were used to collect the data. The results of statistic analysis show the potential of intervention to influence body perception, emotional experience, mental processes and subjective well-being of probands.
The presentation will include the opportunity to personally test vibroacoustic stimulation through Vibrobed.