Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.As music can absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction at the same time it helps to explore emotions. This means it can be a great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind wandering.
The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool.
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Music Therapy is an “established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.” -American Music Therapy Association There are many different approaches to music therapy, including creating music, listening to music, and talking about music. Although music therapy is often used to promote mental and emotional health, it may also help improve quality of life for people coping with physical health conditions
The exact origin of music itself is unknown, but the use of music in healing ceremonies in an ancient practice Music therapy goes back to biblical times As early as 400 BC Hippocrates played music for his mental patients. Using music as a form of therapy in the US began in the late 18th century when Scientists began to investigate the effects of music on the human body The profession of music therapy began to develop during WWI and WWII
~Benefits~ Music’s form and structure can Listening to music can relieve bring order and security to depression and increase self - disabled and distressed esteem children. It encourages Making music can reduce burnout coordination and and improve mood among communication —improving their students. quality of life . Music therapy significantl y Listening to music on reduces emotional distress and headphones reduces stress and boosts quality of life among adult anxiety in patients before and cancer patients after surgery listening to music can help the Music can help reduce both the brain by improving learning and sensation and distress of both memory skills, always useful chronic pain and postoperativ e when we’re under stress —this is pain. known as “The Mozart Effect”
Established Techniques that utilize Music: - When used in combination with biofeedback techniques, music can reduce tension and facilitate the relaxation response. More compatible with relaxation than verbal stimuli, which may be distracting — music is processed mainly in nonverbal areas of the brain . ------------------------ Because music - music-assisted therapy used has the to explore ones own inner world and help potential to clients to work on significant life issues, for influence us instance, disturbing old memories, losses, both traumata, bothering health conditions, and p s yc h o l o g i c a l l y relationship issues. and - Music may help people to identify and p h ys i o l o g i c a l l y, express the feelings associated with their stress. it is an important area In a music therapy session, the client can express of therapy for these emotions, providing an important cathartic stress release. m a n a g e me n t . - Producing music in an improvisational way, and discussing pieces of music and lyrics in a group, can also help us become more aware of our emotional reactions and share them constructively with the group.
Certain music is appropriate for meditation—it can help the mind slow down and initiate the relaxation response. However, not all peaceful or “New Age” music works for everyone. Music with no structure can be irritating or even unsettling. Gentle music with a familiar melody more often is comforting. But search around to find what produces a sense of calm, familiarity, and centeredness for you as an individual. The sounds of nature often are incorporated into CDs made specifically for relaxation . For example, the sound of water can be soothing for some people. It can help conjure up calming images such as lying beside a mountain stream on a warm spring day—helping to slow your mind down and release stressful thoughts
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Music acts as a distrac tion - helps to explore emotions . great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind from wandering. Musical preference varies widely between individuals, so only you can decide what you like and what is suitable for each mood . But even if you don’t usually listen to classical music it may be worth giving it a try when selecting the most calming music. When people are very stressed, there is a tendenc y to avoid actively listening to music. Maybe it feels like a waste of time—not helping to achieve anything. However, productivity increases when stress is reduced, so this is another area where you can gain vast rewards. It just takes a small effort to begin with. To incorporate music into a busy life, try playing CDs in the car, or put the radio on when in the bath or shower. Take portable music with you when walking the dog, or put the stereo on instead of the TV. Singing (or shouting) along can also be a great release of tension Calming music before bedtime promotes peace and relaxation and helps to induce sleep.