Sweet embraceable you….

Gong Life Care Solutions - LASAL Embracer

Sweet embraceable you….

Music is powerful. It can bring back memories. It can affect our mood. It can comfort us.

The jazz song “Embraceable You” was published in 1930 and has been sung by many famous singers such as Judy Garland, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and many others. Try playing this song to an older person who was born in the 1920s, 30s or 40s. They will be instantly transported to the era.

These days there is much evidence that music can help to heal. While some conditions can’t actually be reversed or healed, the pain or loneliness or fear connected to the condition can be alleviated through the power of music.  In Brisbane, a radio station called Silver Memories, has been devoted to songs from the ‘20s through to the ‘50s and old fashioned radio serials, and is proving to be a powerful tool in fighting the effects of dementia. Gary Thorpe, the founder of Silver Memories, notes that

            “Someone can be completely paralysed or have lost the power of speech or movement, and there will be a part of the brain where music still registers and gets through.”

The national mental health charity Sane Australia,  prompts us to think, with a question

            “Have you ever listened to a song and strongly related to the words or the music? It can be comforting to hear someone else express emotions that reflect how you are feeling or what you are thinking.” 

Their website goes on to list several different ways that music can be used to support our mental health and well-being, to make us feel happy or improve our mood.

The importance of comfort

Music can bring us emotional and psychological comfort, as can love and human contact. And being surrounded by things that are familiar can help us to feel like we’re in our “comfort zone.”  Comfort is also something that is of concern in health care and the care of older people.  It is sometimes difficult to assist people, especially older people, who have restricted mobility, to be comfortable. 

Medical Chair Cushion

Gong Life Care Solutions are mobility equipment suppliers based in Wollongong, just south of Sydney. We are the sole distributors of a medical support pillow called LASAL Embracer. This therapeutic cushion is definitely about comfort when sitting for prolonged periods, but it is about more than just comfort.

There are a host of conditions that benefit from the support provided by a  therapeutic cushion. If someone uses a chair or bed for extended periods of the day the constant pressure can cause sores, skin breakdown, and even ulcers. Slumping can reduce lung function.  It is important to encourage as much mobility as possible if the person you are caring for is able to move or change positions, independently or with assistance. Sitting up, either in bed, in a wheelchair or in a chair, can also assist people to feel more a part of the home environment.

Sitting comfort and support

Our LASAL Embracer Pillow is a specialist positioning cushion classified as a medical device. It is made in Denmark, and is certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and European Conformity (CE). It has a strong inner case, and the outer covering of the pillow is 100% OEKO-TEX certified cotton. It is completely washable.

The LASAL Embracer provides comfort, support and stabilisation for a person using a wheelchair, a chair, or sitting or reclining in bed. It is equipped with a belt, which makes it possible to fasten the Embacer to the back of a chair or wheelchair in order to prevent the cushion from sliding down every time the person moves.

Due to its specially engineered design, the Embracer supports the upper back, shoulders, arms and hands, thus reducing discomfort and enabling the user to relax both arms from the neck and shoulders to the fingertips, without the arms falling to the side. This full support of the arms reduces drag on the shoulders, and thus the neck and the back, whilst leaving the arms and hands free for activities within the scope of the user’s abilities.

It is ideal for users who have a tendency to slip down, or to lean to their weaker side, for example, after a stroke.

For further information, please check our website: https://gonglcs.com.au/products/lasal-embracer


  1. Unique Australian radio station provides music therapy for people with dementia, RN Breakfast, Cathy Van Extel, 4 September 2015 https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/silver-memories-and-golden-oldies/6751074
  2. SANE Australia https://www.sane.org/information-stories/the-sane-blog/wellbeing/mental-health-in-music

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