An in-depth look at the science behind the healing frequencies found in music and health.
“Music seems to slow heart rate, lower blood pressure, and reduce levels of stress hormones. It can also provide some relief to heart attack and stroke victims and patients undergoing surgery.”
14 Apr 2015, Music as Medicine – Harvard Medical School
For the purposes of this article, we want to collate the research we found on how the effects of music and health go hand in hand, and how our connection to music can be applied with different music therapy interventions.
To back up our recent research into different music therapy perspectives such as the healing power of the Solfeggio Frequencies, we decided it was time to explore the study and the impact of music for health healing, sleep quality and mood modification… and see if we can put some science behind it.
Does Music Really Heal the Soul?
The impact of music can enhance our meditation experience, for example- when listening to Solfeggio Frequencies as it can bring spiritual enlightenment for inner peace and overall health and wellbeing.
It was an interesting read for many of our like minded community of thinkers, so we decided to delve deeper on this topic.
We want to know if certain mechanisms of music really can modify our mood, have better sleep quality and heal our mind body and soul.
So we decided turn to science to see what they have to say about using music for healing.
Thankfully, there have been plenty of studies when it comes to the benefits of music for healing, in the area of medicine.
For years now, governments and medical practitioners have been aware of the therapeutic effects of music listening , art, and culture, as they all help stimulate healing with a wide range of physical health, patients with cancer, stroke patients, mental health such as trauma exposure and other diagnosed mental disorders.
Study has shown that by mindfully practicing or even creating our own “music therapy session” can be a very soothing and supportive aid for us in times of stress.
Even when it comes to illness or people recovering from medical conditions, music seems to promote positive therapeutic effects.
In fact, we found numerous studies attributing healing benefits to active music therapy as well as addressing numerous different health concerns.
Some of the illnesses and mental health disorders music has been a nurturing aid in the healing process include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder – studies have shown improvement of symptom control. Music therapy program is beneficial to the communications centers of the brain, where Autistic patients can suffer with problems.
- Palliative Care – playing music to patients in this type of environment setting can help soothe anxieties and increase positive emotions.
- Trauma Patients –a further study of young people who had been through early life trauma exposure have responded in a positive way in clinical trials involving the effects of music therapy interventions.
- Dementia Patients – the power of music in this study included the carers of dementia patients as it reduced stress levels in the carers, promoting positive moods while boosting memory connections in the patients.
- Children with severe physical disabilities and their parents have experienced Neuro-physiological Synchrony while in music therapy together.
What this proves is that the impact of music as well as the type of music can help with the healing process from the start of our life, during our hardest times in life, such as any mental and physical health adversities as well as listening to it toward the end cycle of our life.
Places like intensive care unit for stroke patients and heart health, use different mechanisms of music as it promotes a nurturing and soothing environment.
Music engagement connects us to emotional responses as it triggers happy and sad memories, it plays a major role in the quality in our lives.
Of course, some patients do this in a therapeutic setting under clinical supervision for music in therapy.
So we can’t just expect to listen to our favorite album and think it will automatically heal all our wounds – although certain types of music do have components of soothing to relax the brain from over thinking and stress.
What is Music Therapy?
Music promotes a therapeutic intervention as the process of healing and it will either aid or be sped up by the participation in creative expression through music.
The study we mentioned above into creativity and the arts actually cited a further study of a similar nature, this one engaged specifically in finding out if a music therapy program actually worked.
Music engagement therapy and certain elements of music are sometimes used as a modality style in psychotherapy.
These are sometimes used as therapeutic intervention techniques for a patient aimed at examining the actions, evaluating the results, and bringing them to the attention of the subject so that they can work on better managing the behavior which has deep rooted negative emotions and adverse triggers.
When they use the impact of music as a psychotherapy tool, patients are often encouraged to explore and discover their own ability to create or interact with music in some way as healthy options to express themselves.
The process of creation triggers expressionism that some clients have never had that opportunity before, until music and health are combined within this nurturing and empowering setting.
During music for healing therapy session, you will be invited to actively take part in the creation, listening, and discussion of music.
The therapist may use music to unlock deeper emotions and encourage the expression of any negative emotions.
Music in therapy will ultimately encourage the emotional expression centers on different levels depending on the types of music used.
This is handy for those that struggle with communication, become non-verbal after a serious incident or stroke, or otherwise need to nudge their memories to talk.
There are many different types of music in therapy. Here are some of the better known and often used methods:
- Guided meditations while listening to certain musical frequencies outlined in our earlier articles.
- The Bonny Method, which is used to encourage exploration of personal growth.
- The Nordoff – Robbins Method, which is helped to treat children with learning difficulties.
- Tuning Fork Therapy, which uses calibrated tuning forks to emphasize vibrations in the body/voice.
- Brainwave Entrainment, which uses binaural beats.
How Music Can Heal One’s Mind and Body?
Music engagement can heal your mind and body by having different emotional effects. For the healing of the body, we turn to the use of ultrasonic devices to see how sound does impact our ability to heal.
For the mind, we must dig a little deeper when it comes to music engagement and the impact it has on us.
Healing with music therapy practiced either in a clinician’s office, or in the comfort of your own home, where you have set up a nurturing and empowering environment.
One study by the American Public Health Association back in 2010, found that healing was boosted by creative expression, so it isn’t just the listening to it, but it is the active participation in it, that can both cause healing through imbuing a meditative state found in all arts and creative hobbies.
Next, studies into Music Therapy for Depression in 2017 found moderate volumes of evidence that 411 if the 421, participants had positive effects. When combined with other therapies, it was found to be significantly more helpful than on its own.
Another study into the affect of music on treatment of Schizophrenia and Schizophrenia type disorders was carried out by the Cochrane Library.
They covered 1215 participants and exposed them to 240 sessions each.
A global positive result was retrieved wherein participants reduced a lowered rate of symptoms across a short, medium, and long-term timescale within music-therapy treatment.
The upshot of all of this is that music can heal our bodies and minds if we use it correctly.
How Can I Practice Music Therapy at Home?
You can listen to the Solfeggio Frequencies to engage in music sound healing at home.
Since they were originally intended to be a monastic chant, it helps to hum the frequency, too.
The best way to practice music therapy as a healing tool at home is to use either a guided meditation or meditation music and find the solfeggio frequency or binaural beat that will resonate with you to soothe your mind body and soul.
Many people use the solfeggio meditation music as a nurturing and relaxing way to heal and balance their chakras and relax their tired mind.
Find or create your own personal area that is calm and peaceful, where you won’t be disturbed.
Some people like to light incense, use a singing bowl, or otherwise crate your own personal sanctuary so it’s calming for you.
Tune in to your chosen guided meditation or meditation music and listen to it while you relax in your own space.
The guided version will talk you through your session until you finish the video or track, leaving you feeling refreshed.
You can find some guided meditations or solfeggio relaxing music here.
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