Where on God’s green earth did music come from? That is one question that has bothered mankind for millions of years, maybe if you had a time machine you could go back have a chat with Adam and eve or our ape ancestors. Regardless of where music came from, we all agree that music is a huge part of our daily lives. look at it this way, businesses have been built around music, people have been made famous by music and most importantly music makes us feel good.
One profession that rises above all in the music industry in terms of human benefits is what is known as music therapy; according to clinical and medical evidence music therapy is good for your brain and overall wellbeing, how? Music therapy affects the emotional, cognitive and social aspects of individuals. The result is you feel better about yourself through music.
Picture this, you are 39 and life has not gone the way you wanted it to go, thus you spend your days depressed, in the dark or you cut yourself off from society as a whole and go to the mountains to become a mountain man. The only thing that can keep you from losing your mind when isolated is music; this is because the music reminds you of the beauty of everything.
Benefits of music therapy
The definition of music therapy sucks, check it the American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish personal goals within a therapeutic relationship by a certified professional who has completed an approved program” dumb it down it simply means that music therapy aims to make your life better.
We all hate drugs right? Me myself I hate white tablets, don’t ask me why I just do. Now before you get excited it’s worth noting that music therapy is not a form of alternative medicine thus you should not stop taking your drugs if you have to. Its purpose is to help you relax, heal emotionally and to help you develop you develop a positive self-image. This is because it reaches out to your subconscious mind (that is the part of the brain that makes you who you are).
Music therapy stimulates your brain waves thus it makes you smarter, try this, go to YouTube download “alpha brain waves music” and listen to it while reading. You will notice that your mind will retain what you read for longer periods of time, also concentration will be heightened.
Why music therapy?
Music therapy provides emotional release, reduces loneliness and most importantly it helps you relax. Health wise, music therapy can either increase or reduce your heart rate depending on what you are listening to or singing. This means that music therapy is good for your heart it has also been shown to help people who are dealing with addiction.
What a music therapist can do for you is help find what suits you best, for instance, if you are dealing with shyness a therapist might recommend “lilting” music or if you have high blood pressure you may have to listen to lots of Mozart. If I were you I’d contact a music therapist right now.