Music as Therapy?

Music (Photo Credit: Fanpop)
Music (Photo Credit: Fanpop)

Imagine a world without music.  Imagine hearing all kinds of noise: people talking, machineries at work, horns honking, dogs barking, watching television and no music elsewhere, just talking and all sorts of noise… and nothing else.  Ohhh…what a dull world it would be!

Music  (Photo Credit:  Fanpop)
Music (Photo Credit: Fanpop)

When did music start?  It must have started in heaven because we have always associated some angels playing the harp. ^_^  We read about the young David playing the flute while he kept watch over his herd.  In short, since time immemorial, there has always been music and presently, it is more looked upon as a form of entertainment or spice of everyday most of the time.

So everyone enjoys music by whatever form.  It’s an elegant part of courtship and romance, a medium of worship by various religious sectors, a background for exercise regimes, etc.  There are innumerable dance groups and singers everywhere in the world.  In short, music is global.

But what is music to you?  Aside from being an entertainment or diversion option?  Would you use music as a personal therapy?  because…YES… music has therapeutic benefits

To quote the American Music Therapy Association, “music is curative and restorative for a wide variety of conditions, even as aid to help with physical rehabilitation and assisting those with disabilities. Music therapy can ease the pains of chemotherapy, lower anxiety or lift a depressed person’s spirit, and as you may already know, help insomniacs get to sleep.”

American Cancer Society cites “music is unable to cure cancer or chronic disease, but it can relieve aches and symptoms while augmenting a patient’s joy and general well-being.”

Even the Autism Research Institute make use of music in assisting autistic children with speech therapy and other concerns.  Music therapy has truly emerged as an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies to help patients improve or maintain their health.

The musicologist Julius Portnoy learned that music can change metabolic rates, effect energy levels, increase or decrease blood pressure,  and digestion, positively or negatively, depending on the type of music. Calming music, according to him, was found to have a very soothing effect on one’s body, and cause the increase of endorphins, thirty minutes of such music was equal to the effect of a dose of valium!  Oh my… Furthermore, research has it that both hemispheres of the brain are involved in processing music as a whole – melody, tone, tune, rhythm and lyrics.

Learning all these,  we don’t need to be assessed if we want the therapeutic benefits of music for our own well-being.  We can start rejuvenating ourselves through the power of music.  As in now.

Make music work to your advantage:

  • Start your mornings with music that makes you bounce and not go sentimental.  Sing in your mind, sway a little while you brush your teeth, wash your face or take a bath.
  • When you need to rush on your task, having an energy-inducing music seldom fails to hasten one up.  (Remember the seven dwarfs who sing and whistle as they work?  If music is not available, create your own!)
  • When you’ve just been through an emotional situation, avoid music that could pull you to depression.  Have a selection of songs that makes you feel strong and high.
  • Find the most effective music for your home.  Music can set the mood in our homes. Music makes children feel light and in good mood.
  • Try some uplifting music when you feel downcast and engross yourself in learning songs that makes hearts soar.  Use music to incite yourself to perform at a high level.

Music can move the soul. It can be a very strong influence. Some music can calm us down, some music can make us wild!   But of course, life’s balance.  Some get affected by music negatively especially when it’s about lost relationships.  So never listen to music that will only cause you some more sleepless nights, more headaches, more emotional twists and turns.

Get that bounce back from music!!!  Have that well body and mind!  Let music set your mood and not mood to set your music!

Web Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_therapy

http://www.catalogs.com/info/books-music-dvd/how-does-music-affect-people.html

http://www.essortment.com/music-effect-brain-61982.html