Music Therapy in History
Music therapy is one of the “ancient healing tools” we all have. In a modern time, where technology replaces a lot of traditional things, we almost forgot the power of music.
From ancient times, music proved to have a strong influence for each different culture. All people living on this planet, even the most isolated tribes, have their own music and chants. In the Amazon forests, for example, they have a tradition to enchant water with healing thoughts and songs, in order to treat different type of physical dysfunctions.
“Everything in Life is Vibration” – Albert Einstein
The Universal Laws affirms that every little thing in the Universe moves and has his own vibration frequency. Because humans, animals, plants, trees and all the surrounding things have this own vibrational frequency, it may seem like we are all disconnected from each other. The truth is we are all living in a big energy ocean and we are connected at a lowest level. During the chemistry classes in school we learned that everything is made up of atoms. They are in a constant state of motion. The speed of this atoms things appear to be solid, liquid or gas. Even our thoughts are vibration
Music is a vibration created by sounds
Sounds are mechanical waves that are created by a vibrating object. The particles in the surrounding environment are set to move when an object vibrates, even if we don`t see these kind of things with the physical eyes. This way, the energy is transported through the environment. The sound wave traveling through air has a longitudinal move. Particles of the environment in which the sound is transported vibrate parallel to the direction that the sound wave moves, that gives the longitudinal move characteristic. We are vibrational matter, also. The Earth`s vibrational frequency is about 7:80 Hz. Earth produces his own music, and his “voice” is much more like a mumbling sound. Here is a sample that NASA recorded from space:
Crystals, plants, and human beings are music that has taken on visible form. Our physical body , along with our organs and our heart, produce a unique and personalized music, on our heart beats. There is an agreement among medicine, science and metaphysics that certain vibrational frequencies can heal the body and destroy disease. Scientific research prove that different parts of our bodies have their own vibrational signature. So, the lungs create a different vibrational sound than the vibrational sound of the heart. When a part of the body is stressed for a period, when an emotional shock takes place, that part of the body is changing it`s vibration from a normal and predefined frequency to an altered one. Helping the affected organ to produce the correct sound wave again, will re-establish the health of the organ.
What do scientist say about Music Therapy?
According to a CNN article , Dr. Wendy Magee, International Fellow in Music Therapy at the Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation in London, affirms that beside the relaxation effect it has on our body, music also is a complex vitamin for the brain.
“When neural pathways are damaged for one particular function such as language, musical neural pathways are actually much more complex and much more widespread within the brain,” she told CNN. “Music seems to find re-routed paths and that is why it is such a useful tool in terms of helping people with different kinds of brain damage because it can help to find new pathways in terms of brain functioning.”
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism have a strong benefit from music therapy, according to Dr. Robert Melillo, co-founder of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers : “Music works to stimulate the balance center of the brain and different chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, which we know is deficient in Parkinson’s disease,…, “Different areas of the brain need to be coordinated from a timing standpoint for the brain to work completely as a whole,” he says. “Music, because it has a rhythm to it, can actually cause the brain to change the speed in different areas so that the timing becomes better.”
Listening to music can decrease the stress level in your body and treat depression
Listening the type of music you like boosts up the production of beneficial brain chemicals, especially the dopamine, or the “good vibe” hormone. Dopamine is an integral part of the complex brain system , therefore listening to music creates a feeling of joy. Studies confirm that playing music reduces the level of stress both on a molecular and emotional level. Listening to music produces a higher level of HgH (Human Growth Hormone). Seems like Hgh is responsible with regulating body composition and fluids, bone and muscular growth, fat and sugar absorption.
People having this disease, have troubles with the capacity to have interaction and to sustain an interactive communication with others. Music therapy has worked wonders on the patients having Alzheimer`s disease. Researchers have found that playing music to the Alzheimer patients improved their positive interactions and cognitive function and also the coordinate motor movements. It also reduced the stress-induced agitation.
Controls blood pressure and Heart problems
Listening to music that has a repetitive rhythm for at least ten seconds can decrease blood pressure and reduce heart rate. We can use classical compositions with a therapeutically purpose, especially for matching with the human body`s unique rhythm . “Listening to music with a repeated 10-second rhythm coincided with a fall in blood pressure, reducing the heart rate” , according to Cardiovascular Society of Great Britain
Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Veterans suffering of PTSD experienced relief by learning to play guitar. Traditional music therapy used playing music to recover PTSD patients, encourages them to use music as part of their healing process. There are also other therapeutic instruments that help veterans to recover.
Boosting Brain Development for young children that study an instrument
High levels of early childhood development can result even after an half an hour of musical training per day. Playing an instrument involves multiple components of the central brain and peripheral nervous system.
When a musician plays an instrument, the motor system in the brain is the one who controls the gross and fine movements. These movements produce the sound.
The brain is responsible in processing the sensory information received from the fingers, arms and hands. It also has the role to receive the visual stimuli sent when a musician reads music. In response, the brain processes emotional resonance to the music.
In conclusion, there are different components to music that can have an effect. Pitch, harmony, frequency, melody, and rhythm all effect the brain in different ways. Some of the brain locations have a strong effect in the healing of our body process.
Music can make you feel great! When you improve your mood, the stress goes away. It follows, then, that listening to music consistently can improve your health because it eliminates the factor of stress and its effects on the body and mind.
Music as a therapeutic tool is extending it`s borders nowadays, again. Special thanks to the researchers that give more attention to the unseen reality of our world. Music remains the powerful balm for the human soul. From its ceremonial origin to modern medical usage for personal motivation, shifting mood and concentration. One Love!
“One good thing about music,
when it hits you, you feel no pain.”