The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions and is a way to unwind from a day’s hard work. Listening to music can have tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies. It has the ability to affect subconscious mind where annoying negative thoughts feed on the fears and fuels the fire of distress.
Researches indicate that music therapy stimulates the production of opiates and endorphins, the feel good hormones in our bodies. This stimulation results in improved blood flow and blood pressure. It is a type of expressive therapy that involves a large variety of music related activities, such as singing, listening to music, playing a musical instrument and improvising. It has positive, physical, social and psychological effects. Different types of music have different effects on the mind and body. For instance, rock music may lead to discomfort for some and for some it helps increase the ability to tolerate pain. Fast music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better while upbeat music makes you feel more optimistic and positive about life. Slow tempo can relax your muscles making you feel calm and at peace while releasing the stress of the day.
This therapy is performed by a trained therapist who has completed a rigorous degree program and internship. Music therapy emphasises skills that can help you in other areas of life as well. For example, music therapy can help someone with anxiety use music to cope with anxiety provoking situations.
Treatment is given either in individual settings or group settings and is used in conjunction with other types of therapies. So, put on the radio or plug in the headphones and tap your feet to the music of your choice and distress.