>> Music Therapy
to music does wonders to alleviate stress. Please note that
everyone has different tastes in music. Listen to the music
that you feel comfortable. Sitting down and forcing yourself
to listen to relaxation music that you don't like may create
stress, not alleviate it.
has always been a great healer. In the Bible, we learn about
how David played the harp to help ease his severe depression
of King Saul. Music
is a significant mood-changer and reliever of stress, working
on many levels at once.
experts suggest that it is the rhythm of the music or the
beat that has the calming effect on us although we may not
be very conscious about it. They point out that when we were
a baby in our mother's womb, we probably were influenced by
the heart beat of our mother. We respond to the soothing music
at later stages in life, perhaps associating it with the safe,
relaxing, protective environment provided by our mother.
can be one of the most soothing or nerve wracking experiences
available. Choosing what will work for any individual is difficult,
most will choose something they 'like' instead of what might
be beneficial. In doing extensive research on what any given
piece of music produces in the physiological response system
many unexpected things were found. Many of the so-called Meditation
and Relaxation recordings actually produced adverse EEG patterns,
just as bad as Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The surprising thing
was many selections of Celtic, Native American as well as
various music containing loud drums or flute were extremely
soothing. The most profound finding was Any music Performed
Live and even at moderately loud volumes even if it was somewhat
discordant had very a beneficial response. Whenever the proper
sounds were experienced an amazing right/left brain hemisphere
synchronization occurred. The normal voltage spiking pattern
changed to a smooth sinusoidal waveform and the usual voltage
differential equalized. The entire human energetic system
is extremely influenced by sounds, the physical body and chakra
centers respond specifically to certain tones and frequencies.
Special consideration should be given to the positive effects
of one actually playing or creating music themselves.
the first stress-fighting changes that take place when we
hear a tune is an increase in deep breathing. The body's production
of serotonin also accelerates. Music was found to reduce the
pain during dental procedures. Playing music in the background
while we are working, seemingly unaware of the music itself,
has been found to reduce the stress. Music was found to reduce
heart rates and to promote higher body temperature - an indication
of the onset of relaxation. Combining music with relaxation
therapy was more effective than doing relaxation therapy alone.
we mentioned before, there is not a single music that is good
for everyone. People have different tastes. It is important
that you like the music being played.
following are general guidelines to maximize the effectiveness
of the music.
To wash away stress, try taking a 20-minute "sound
bath." Put some relaxing music on your stereo, then
lie in a comfortable position on a couch or on the floor
near the speakers. For a deeper experience, you can wear
headphones to focus your attention and to avoid distraction.
music with a slow rhythm - slower than the natural heart
beat which is about 72 beats per minute. Music that has
repeating or cyclical pattern is found to be effective in
the music plays, allow it to wash over you, rinsing off
the stress from the day. Focus on your breathing, letting
it deepen, slow and become regular. Concentrate on the silence
between the notes in the music; this keeps you from analyzing
the music and makes relaxation more complete.
you need a stimulation after a day of work, go for a faster
music rather than slow calming music.
going gets tough, go for a music you are familiar with -
such as a childhood favorite or favorite oldies. Familiarity
often breeds calmness.
walks with your favorite music playing on the walkman. Inhale
and exhale in tune with the music. Let the music takes you.
This is a great stress reliever by combining exercise (brisk
walk), imagery and music.
to the sounds of nature, such as ocean waves or the calm
of a deep forest, can reduce stress. Try taking a 15- to
20-minute walk if you're near the seashore or a quiet patch
of woods. If not, you can buy tapes of these sounds in many
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