Music Therapy – Heal Yourself With Music
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato (427 – 347 BC). Music has been around since the dawn of time. Whether if it’s birds singing, the sound leaves make dancing in the wind, a classical composition, rock or pop, music is always around us. It travels through our memories, uncovering some long forgotten times, it soothes, energizes and motivates us. You can combine it with sadness and joy, leisure and work.
According to research, music has positive effects on our body and mind. The possibilities of music therapy for sick as well as healthy people are limitless.
Music therapy has been used for treatment of mental patients for a long time, but its use has now been extended to children with special needs, stress patients, heart disease patients, and the chronically sick and terminal patients.
The parts of the brain that react to music are not related to speaking and hearing only – they are also related to memory, emotions and motor control. Music easily gets to all the brain parts and activates them, creating new and more complex connections or repairing the damage in existing cell lines. It can help a person express his own feelings and connect with other people.
The body reacts to music
Music therapists say that music with a pronounced rhythm stimulates the brain waves to resonate in the same rhythm. That’s why fast rhythm improves concentration and fast thinking, while slow rhythm soothes and calms you down.
These brain wave changes caused by music ease the brain’s activity even when the music stops. Music can help you be more creative and optimistic and radiates positivity, effectively protecting you from depression and anxiety.
It also affects the autonomous nervous system: the cardiovascular and respiratory system. If you slow down your breathing and heart rate, you can control stress. Fast music raises your pulse and breathing rate, which can be used to improve performance during strenuous physical activity. Music can also lower high blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, relax muscles and relieve pain.
Be your own therapist
You don’t have to have a degree in music or to be a psychiatrist in order to benefit from this amazing music therapy in everyday life. You can use it to relax, replenish your energy when you’re exhausted, and relieve emotional stress. You surely know from your own experience which music suits you and lifts your spirit, which music makes you sad or upset.
There’s no universal recipe
There’s no universal recipe on how to use the healing potential of music. There are certain trends, such as fast music with a pronounced rhythm for jogging and exercise. If you have the need for relaxation and slowing down your heart rate you should pick slow rhythm music with less changing structure. The type of music used for the desired effect varies from person to person.
It’s best to start with music you love. Try it and you will be amazed by the results. Experiment a little – start with music you haven’t heard before regardless if it’s rock, ambient music or natural sounds. You will surely discover new sounds that please you.
Music therapy has big potential. Use it regularly to improve the quality of your life.