Cover photo courtesy of Rashun Drayton / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Feb 8-18, 2024

Vol. 24, No. 50

For this year’s issue of Health and Wellness, we decided to focus on therapy—not traditional therapy, though. We explored a couple of outside-the-box approaches. Staff Writer Adrian Vincent Rosas from the Sun’s sister paper, New Times, chatted with a certified music practitioner about how she uses her tunes to help individuals going through difficult medical procedures [8]. Staff Writer Taylor O’Conner spoke with two equine therapy groups on the Central Coast and a veteran who went through one of the programs [10].
This week, you can also read about how Santa Barbara County weathered the latest series of storms [4], a graphic novelist inspired by Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray [26], and Casa Dumtez and the Garagiste Festival [29].

Health & Wellness 2024

Music therapy as medicine and the benefits of being around horses

By Adrian Vincent Rosas and Taylor O'Connor

Music as medicine

Local violinist Brynn Albanese brings healing, hope, and more as a certified music practitioner

By Adrian Vincent Rosas

Healing through horsemanship

Central Coast nonprofits offer equine therapy as a way to work through trauma and mental illness and to manage disabilities

By Taylor O'Connor



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