It is without question; music plays an important role in a variety of aspects in our everyday lives. If you are anything like me, music is playing for the majority of my day. Whether it is to get my day started, get me in the zone of studying or simply using a playlist to push me to power through a workout, music is always there.
Most individuals have a strong emotional and even spiritual connection to music. Music therapy is an emerging field as individuals are studying how music can be used to help individuals cope, relax and heal. Budding research has found that music therapy can help with the following:
- Lessening Signs of Stress & Anxiety
- Aiding in Pain Relief
- Improving Quality of Life for Those with Dementia
- Reducing the side effects of cancer therapy
- Lower Cholesterol
- Decrease Symptoms of Depression
So how exactly does “music heal”? When we listen to music, particularly uplifting songs, our brain releases the neurotransmitter dopamine which elevates our mood, positively affecting our emotions and perceptions. Another physiological response our bodies have to music changes in our breathing and heart rate. There are different types of sound therapy.
Some individuals find that listening to instruments such as crystal bowls with lighter tones helps with relaxing the head area, while deeper tones usually relax the body’s bones. Listening to crystal sounds are forms of mind meditation which can put you in an extreme state of relaxation, almost as if you are in a trance. The vibrations from the bowls create various vibration frequencies that create and send energy throughout the body.
Comparable to singing bowls, Tuning fork therapy is used with vibrations. It is said to work similarly to that of acupuncture as sound frequencies and vibrations are used at various pressure points. This is said to help release tension and energy and promote emotional balance.
Finally, Guided meditations are another good method to try. These can range from chants, mantras, affirmations. There are some meditations that include music, bowls, tuning forks, and other instruments.
Give one of these methods a try and let us know how it goes!