“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
Music works wonders. It can calm a restless soul, it can cheer you up when you are down, and it can help you express what words can’t. And thus, naturally, music is considered to be very therapeutic. It is one of the most effective way to beat your stress. In fact, music therapy is used in many hospitals, health care centres, rehabilitation centres, schools to treat various physical and mental diseases and ailments.
In some cases, the therapy has been referred by the doctors or medical practitioners. However, there are many people who enjoy the therapy and yield its benefits without any referral from doctors. The biggest advantage of this therapy is that it is harmless, it does not have any side-effects. Moreover, it is useful for people of all ages and genders, and it does not have any limitations. Besides pre-recorded music, there are trained therapists who play live, soothing music to suit the requirements of the receiver of the therapy.
Researches have shown that music therapy can heal. It not only helps the patient to recover from a particular ailment or disease, but also promotes good health and mental peace. Mentioned below are some benefits associated with music.
- State of mind: If you are feeling low and depressed, music helps you to ward off this feeling. It acts as a great stress-buster, helps to relieve tension and aids in creative thinking and imagination.
- Brain waves: Both soft and rock music have different effects on your mind. Fast music can stimulate your brain waves. It makes your brain alert and helps you to concentrate better. Soft music also energises you, and it continues to have its positive impact even when you have stopped listening to it. So, it’s good to begin your day listening to the kind of music you like; this will help you to stay energised and optimistic for the entire day.
- Breathing and rate of heartbeats: When the brainwaves are altered due to the music, various other bodily functions are changed. It relaxes the functioning of heart, slows down the heart rate, thereby indicating physical relaxation and mental peace. Hence, chronic stress can be treated with the help of the therapy.
- Meditative state: Listening to music is a form of meditation. It relaxes your mind by getting it into meditative state.
Besides these, music therapy has several other benefits like releasing muscles tension, lowering high blood pressure and boosting immunity. It is, thus, a great tool to promote good health and overall well-being.
Therapy for children:
A person is connected to music since the time he/she is in mother’s womb, listening to mother’s heartbeats, recognising mother’s voice, and listening to various sounds and music through amniotic fluid. Hence, music, used as a therapy, works wonders when it comes to treatment of children. The therapy is often given to hyperactive children, children suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), autism and children with behavioural disorders. It helps to soothe their nerves and relax their mind.
Therapy for adolescents with mood swings:
Adolescence is a very sensitive phase of life, and if you do not get proper help or guidance, it can change your life forever. Researches have proved that listening to music has always benefited the Gen Y or the adolescents, who often suffer from mood swings, emotional set backs, social problems or depression. Music can help to calm anxiety and aggression. Playing musical instruments can help adolescents to express themselves, and vent out their emotions.
Therapy for heart patients:
As mentioned earlier, music can help to reduce the rate of heartbeats, respiratory rate and blood pressure. Hence, it can work wonders for people suffering from coronary heart disease. In their case, listening to music in the presence of a therapists proves more effective than just listening to pre-recorded music.