Use and benefits of music therapy01. 09. 2021
What is music therapy? Sound therapy that uses aspects of music to improve physical and emotional health and well-being.
Part of music therapy is:
- listening to music
- swaying to the beat of the music
- playing an instrument
Sound healing is thought to date back to ancient Greece, when music was used to cure mental disorders. Throughout history, music has been used to boost morale in military units, as a supportive thing for faster and more efficient work, and even to drive away evil spirits. Recent research has linked music to a number of health benefits - from boosting immune function and reducing stress levels to improving the health of premature babies.
Types of sound or music therapy
Guided meditation is a form of sound healing in which you meditate. It is possible to meditate in a group that is led by a professional, or even at home thanks to modern applications that offer many meditation tones. Meditation can also involve chanting or repeating mantras. It is scientifically proven that meditation offers a number of health benefits, including reducing stress, reducing anxiety and depression, memory support, lowering blood pressure and reducing pain.
Neurological music therapy
Music therapy can reduce stress and support your relaxation. It has been shown to be more effective than medication in reducing anxiety. Treatment includes making music, listening to music or singing. It is used for physical rehabilitation, to help manage pain and to support the treatment of brain injuries.
This method of sound healing is offered by experienced musicians who complete a two-year Nordoff-Robbins master's program. The Nordoff-Robbins approach is used to develop children with developmental delays, to treat mental problems, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
Vibration sound therapy treatment
The therapy uses calibrated metal tuning forks on various parts of the body. This therapy can help release tension and promote emotional balance. It reportedly works similarly to acupuncture, but instead of stabbing, it uses sound frequencies for point stimulation. There is research that shows that tuner therapy can help relieve muscle and bone pain.
Stimulation of brain waves
This method, also known as binaural beats, stimulates the brain to a specific state through a pulsating sound. It helps to induce better concentration, memory, relaxation and faster sleep. Although more research is needed, we already know that stimulating brainwaves can alleviate premenstrual pain, improve migraines, alleviate anxiety, and help you concentrate better. It can also help children with learning disabilities.
Beta waves - active perception, sometimes stress
Hertz Level: 14-40 Hz
Effects: awakening, normal consciousness
Example: Active conversation or involvement in work, concentration
Alpha waves - during meditation, relaxation
Hertz Level: 8-14 Hz
Effect: calm, relaxed
Example: Meditation, rest
Theta waves - deep relaxation, deep meditation
Hertz Level: 4-8 Hz
Effect: Deep relaxation and meditation
Delta waves - deep sleep, unconsciousness
Hertz Level: 0-4 Hz
Effects: Deep sleep
Example: REM Sleep Experience
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