Since the earliest days of humankind, music and the power of music has been evident to us. With far reaching benefits and in a variety of settings, the types and methods of music therapy have had a profound impact.
Music therapy is the use of music 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, drumming, writing songs and guided imagery. The goal of music therapy is to achieve the objectives that cater to the needs of the patient. Depending on the areas that the patient is lacking in, treatment may help in improving motor function, social skills, emotions and coordination. It aims to promote self expression and growth in the patient.
Used in conjunction with traditional therapies, positive psychology and even as a stand- alone intervention, music therapy offers a variety of benefits. Here are some benefits one can take through this therapy.
Music therapy reduces anxiety and physical effects of stress. It improves healing and also reduces depression and other symptoms in the elderly. Music therapy reduces symptoms of psychological disorder and improves self expression and communication. Music can affect a client’s attention, emotion, cognition, behavior and communication. It can also bring about relaxation and pleasure.
Some interesting facts you should know about this unique therapy is that
- your heartbeat changes to mimic the music you listen to
- 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
- Music triggers activity in the same part of the brain that releases the pleasure chemical
Isn’t it interesting and fun to know that such therapy exists? Well I am surely going to take it once in my life whether or not I am stressed.