Music Therapy-Music and Healing
When was the last time you sat in an armchair, closing your eyes, listening to music? Perhaps when you discover the benefits of music and its healing effects, you become more often enveloped by rhythm and harmony …
“Music therapy is the use of music and / or its elements (sound, rhythm, melody and harmony) by a qualified psychotherapist, with a patient or group, in a process designed to facilitate and promote communication, learning, mobilization, expression , Organization or other relevant therapeutic goals, in order to attend physical, psychic, social and cognitive needs. ” Definition of the World Federation of Music Therapy
The healing effects of music have been known since time immemorial. Music therapy is the use of music to improve the physical, psychological, intellectual or social functioning of people who have health or educational problems.
Music therapy is used with children, adults and seniors with different problems. It is also used with people who are not sick or have no problem, to improve personal well-being, to develop creativity, improve learning, interpersonal relationships and stress management.
Music therapy allows people to:
⦁ Explore your feelings.
⦁ Make positive changes in your mood and emotional state.
⦁ Develop a sense of control over their lives through successful experiences.
⦁ Learn or put into practice problem solving and conflict skills.
⦁ Improve socialization.
The basic idea is to recognize that most of the diseases have their origin in the brain, which then transmits to a part of the body a certain stimulus that reproduces a disease.
With the music therapy is tried to get to the brain stimuli that lead to a relaxation or cancellation of those who reproduce the disease, through various melodies with which you can achieve amazing effects.
Although music therapy has been known since antiquity, in the 40’s of our century it is used as a branch of recuperative medicine, which with physiological, affective and mental effects, contributing to a psychophysical balance of people. Nowadays it is applied mainly in nervous imbalances, it influences positively on the heart and lungs, alcoholism, drug addictions …The reaches of music as therapy, have transcended borders, languages and ideologies. For example, in China they have innumerable musical albums with titles like: Constipation, Insomnia, Liver, Heart, etc.
Why is music capable of healing?
Perhaps at some time in our lives we have been able to feel how a piece of music can bring us a precious memory and make us feel better, or maybe we have hummed our children some melody to calm them or to sleep them, or even in our moments of solitude, of euphoria Or depression, a song has been our accomplice and companion.
But far from this somewhat subjective assessment, there is extensive scientific documentation and well-developed studies that support this new weapon within the treatment of diseases.
Music and breathing
Breathing is primarily a rhythmic process. The general human pattern is 25 to 35 breaths per minute. A low, deep and sustained average contributes to calm, control emotions, stimulate thinking and generate a better metabolism of the body.
On the contrary, rapid breathing can lead to scattered thoughts, impulsive behavior, making mistakes and suffering accidents.
Thus, music of high levels, more than 60 “beats” per minute, produces bad effects, just as a disordered diet produces poor health.
Music and blood pressure
The human heart is particularly attuned to music, so the pulsations respond to all musical variables such as frequency, time and volume.
In such a way that a fast pace makes the beat fast and a slow one slows it down. That is why slow rhythms create less tension and stress, keeping the body calm and relaxing.
Music is therefore a natural sedative, but the opposite is also true: strong rhythms can energize us and activate us almost to the physical damage.
Music, tension and muscle coordination
The tone and flexibility of the muscular system are powerfully influenced by tone, sound and musical vibration, as demonstrated by Professor Olav Skilie in Norway. Music with frequencies between 40-66 Hertz, reduces muscle tension and relaxes children.
Today this effect is known as Vibro Acoustic Therapy, of great healing power in processes of muscular pains.
Music and body temperature
High or noisy music can raise body temperature by several degrees while the soft, rhythmic rhythm can decrease it.
Music and endorphins
Endorphins, the natural sedatives of the brain, are today one of the substances most studied by modern biochemistry. The Stamford California Research Center found that the euphoria experienced while listening to studio subjects and the “chemical healing” created by the joy and the emotions produced by the musical richness of certain pieces of films, religious songs and quartets, produced States of pain anesthesia and improved the immune system. These experiments also found that injections of Naloxone, an endorphin-blocking drug, disrupted the soothing sensation of listening to music.
Music and Immune Function
A study at Michigan State University reported that listening to 15 minutes of music increased Interleukin 1 levels in the blood and 12.5 to 14%. Interleukins are substances that appear in the proper response of the immune system.