Tuning the Heart Through Music

If you are a guy I’m guessing that we can all agree that “the sound of music” was a horrible movie, but admit it if your sister, spouse, or mother made you watch it I’m sure that you went through the “full circle of emotions” before the movie was over. This means that you got sad, you laughed, you cried or you slept through it, regardless of what you went through during the movie one thing is for sure. Music can tune your heart, how?

To understand that you must look at the relationship between music and your heart rate, you see the thing is music can either increase or lower your heart rate. The tempo of the music playing will determine whether your heart beats faster or slower, according to a study done by Massachusetts general hospital, people who listen to music for at least twenty minutes each day have a have lower blood pressure. This means that music is good for you if you have high blood pressure.

If you are in pain you should know that music has been shown to reduce the perception of pain, but take note the results of this varies depending on the person. What happens is music helps you relax thus you stop worrying about your current health condition in effect you forget the things that bother you.

When you are anxious or stressed your blood pressure tends to rise, your suffering can be worsened if you have pre-existing health conditions. By keeping you relaxed and relieving anxiety, music helps your body to control your blood pressure.

It is important to mention that sometimes music therapy alone doesn’t work; therefore if you have health problems don’t assume that music therapy is the magic bullet that will cure everything. This means that it is very important to listen to your doctor when he or she makes a recommendation. However, if you have cardiovascular problems, depression or anxiety music therapy is one of the best ways to help you deal with these conditions.

To dumb it all down, if you listen to fast paced music your heart rate will increase. It is also true that if you listen to slow paced music your heart rate will decrease. This, therefore, means that music touches your heart, that’s why it can make you sad, happy, angry or it may make you cry.

The truth is music keeps you healthy, look at it from this perspective, music helps people who suffer from memory loss recover their lost memories, music motivates you to work out, it helps you focus, music has been shown to ease pain, it boosts your mood and it generally makes you feel good about yourself.

With all the good things that come with listening to music, you should know that there is a “dark side” of music. For one music can change your ability to perceive time, it can tap into your primal fear (especially music in horror movies) and it can reduce your ability to concentrate or memorize information.

Therefore it pays to know what to listen to when and why, for example, when studying for a test instead of listening to Kanye West, you should listen to music alpha waves.