#Music Therapy for Relaxation#

Since the earliest days of humankind, the power of music has been evident to us.

Music therapy is the process in which music is used to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a group or individual.  

It employs a variety of activities, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, and writing songs.

It has therapeutic benefits that help alleviate pain, fear, and anxiety in individuals.

With far-reaching benefits and in a variety of settings, the types and methods of music therapy have a profound impact.

Used in conjunction with traditional therapies, positive psychology, and even as a stand-alone intervention, music therapy offers a variety of benefits.

Jillian Levy (2017) shares the six major health benefits of music therapy:

  • Music therapy reduces anxiety and the physical effects of stress
  • It improves healing
  • It can help manage Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Music therapy reduces depression and other symptoms in the elderly
  • It helps to reduce symptoms of psychological disorders including schizophrenia
  • Music therapy improves self-expression and communication

Relaxation and Music Therapy

While most of us would agree, that music can be relaxing, but how is relaxation promoted with music therapy?

Music can lead to the relaxation of tensed muscles. When you allow your muscles to relax and loosen your body, your mind relaxes too.

 Music is fun, cheap, and simple. It can decrease all the tension, worries, and stress you may not even be aware of.

Listening to music can also enhance other stress-relieving activities. For example, it can aid in practicing Yoga, and self-hypnosis.

In other words, music can enhance the stress-relieving properties of other relaxing activities

Music can also help the brain reach a meditative state. This promotes relaxation. Listening to music may be a lesser intimidating way for the person to practice meditation.

Interesting Facts and Statistics

  • 86% of users of the Nordoff-Robbins music therapy services said that music therapy had enabled them to develop social skills and interaction.
  • Your heartbeat changes to mimic the music that you listen to
  • Distinguishing changes in sounds were found to be equipped in those as small as a developing fetus
  • Listening to happy vs. sad music can affect the way you perceive the world around you
  • An “earworm” is a song that you can’t seem to get out of your head
  • A ‘brain itch’ is a need for the brain to fill in the gaps in a song’s rhythm
  • Music triggers activity in the same part of the brain that releases dopamine (the ‘pleasure chemical’)
  • Music triggers networks of neurons into an organized movement
  • Learning a musical instrument can improve fine motor and reasoning skills.

These interesting facts were sourced from Ashley Blodgett (2015).

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26 replies

  1. Yes, me too listen to soul soothing music 🎵

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  2. Very good information about music . Thanks for sharing

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  3. Great post. Music is one of, it not our most important resources, especially for mental and emotional well-being.

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  4. Very true! Music has positive impacts not only on humans, but animals too. It has been seen that classical music increases the milk production of cows.

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  5. A friend of mine had a career as a music therapist. As for myself, I have certain pieces of music that help get me through stressful times or just elevate my sensitivity to certain holidays and their spiritual meaning. Of course, music can just be fun are pleasant to listen to, and they promote a happy mood.

    Satyajit Ray’s “The Music Room” and Alain Corneau’s “Tous les matins du monde” (“All the mornings of the world”) are two music-themed movies that deal with obsession of two very different men with what music meant to them, one a landlord trying to relive the glory of earlier times and the other a man trying to find himself in the music of his mentor. They are favorite “music therapies” for me!

    I was blessed to go to a concert by Ravi Shankar and his troupe when I was a university student, to name another example of mastery you’d be familiar with. It was sublime! Quite a revelation to hear a professional Indian presentation when I only knew about the Beatles and their use of the sitar in some of their music up till then!

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    • Very true Sir,
      Music is the best therapy for relieving stress.
      I appreciate that you have deep knowledge about Hindi music and music therapy.
      Thank you very much for sharing your feelings.

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      • I am a bit familiar with it, thanks to Bollywood movies and those or a more serious nature by Ray. Also, when I was a university student, the University art museum had an Indian film “club” that showed Hindi films on a monthly basis. I belonged to that “club”. As a child, India fascinated me because of the animals – I love animals! – and the exotic culture that is so different from where I live. Asia on whole interests me.

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