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Relaxation and Stress Management through Music Therapy

Updated on February 23, 2014

Relaxing With Music

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Music Therapy

According to wikipedia "Music therapy is an allied health professionand one of the expressive therapies, consisting of an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical,emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improveor maintain their health"

Interesting, isn't it? Music therapy is aimed at nourishing the soul and sending in nutrients through it for somatic (bodily) improvements. Music, be it in professional terms or otherwise has that deep effect, piercing into the psycho-emotional being, resulting to a physical revival. Why all the big grammar? Let’s find out!

Music Pierces The Soul

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My Personal Experience

There are people who play some particular songs for some personal events.One who is married shared his experience of which, he is: playing mostly Don Williams and Kenny Rogers anytime he wants to make Love to his wife. Another says the best way he spends time with his family is having a mini-concert in their garage.

A girl claims, Music is the antidote to her anger. Also, during her enrollment in a preparatory training course for an exam, another young lady experienced tension when preparing for her final exams, so she read with slow, soft soul Music and this gave her a chilly, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere even as she reads.

This phenomenon placed her never to think of what was left to cover, neither did she think of the need to hasten her study in order to cover up the volume needed to read. There are lots of such experiences that we have; we may even exhibit this singular therapy unknowingly and for this reason, we can confidently conclude that such a therapy exists and it is well applicable, we just don’t take note of it.

Some Kinds Of Music Are Good For Sleep

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The Essence Of This Therapy

Another shared his experience about sleeping with Music and he vehemently stated that he cannot sleep without it. Enjoying Music is already seen and used to make quotes inplaces like Asia as the cheapest therapy, even cheaper than having a good friend.

When your soul is constantly nourished, your system and nerves will enjoy that regular relaxation and hence can even help in reducing aging. People may not like some certain kind of Music, but is there anyone who hates Music itself?

In 2010, when sharing some songs to some readers in New Zealand, some others requested for songs to cure Ulcer disease, Osteoporosis,Cardiomyopathies and Kidney diseases. This is very funny, as Music cannot do that. Music does not have direct somatic effect on the Human system, but there is a recent research going on which show cases its INDIRECT effect, especially on Cancer patients.

When Music is played to Cancer patients for a minimum of two weeks, they will have such wonderful results: Significant reduction of pain sensation(which is the most clinically significant situation in cancer patients),reduction of tension, relieved mood, stabilized breathing rate, blood pressure and heart beat. Mostly pre-recorded Music or Music played from the Piano is used in this therapeutic procedure. So, we can see that one way or the other,directly or indirectly, Music does not just only register its healing powers to the soul, but also to the body.

Music For Depression

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Recommendation For Depression

On a final note, based on experience, a good number of individuals were helped in at least alleviating some psychological circumstances such as Depression. As of December, 2012, 788 people asked for Music suggestions since this exciting journey began of which 501 gave a positive feedback of great improvements.

The tactics used here in the selection of the most appropriate songs is going for fast melodic songs. Slow or romantic songs are very much contraindicated for the depressed. Do not try this as it will exacerbate their mood and situation. For those who asked from Jamaica, reggae songs and hip hop were blended. As for those in the west, old-school music and pop songs were combined and these two gave and are still giving tremendous results. So, the recommendation is this:

Know what kind of genre you love/like, and then go for fast melodic songs in that genre. It may not be you, but a family member, try to know which genre that person will appreciate and then try to select the fast melodic ones in it. This therapy is not a major treatment procedure, but all this article is stating is: It will go a long way in aiding whatever treatment process such a patient is undergoing. Above all, the best form of therapy for stress is relaxation complimented with good music. Do well to check out the part two of this interesting therapy, by clicking on the next hub in the slide show, just beneath this piece.

© 2014 Funom Theophilus Makama

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 3 years ago from Europe

      Thanks Kidscrafts.. You've said it all! Music is just a wonderful alternative medicine to stress and of late, depression and pschosis... Thanks for stopping by

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Interesting hub, Married2Medicine! I am not surprised of the effect of music on human beings.

      I was raised listening to classical music and most of the time it relaxes me. I also realized that I can't listen to music when I read (I never understood that one).

      I also read interesting articles about different types of waves that can have positive effects on the body. I suppose that there are still a lot to learn about music and sounds and their effect on the body!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 3 years ago from Europe

      Thanks a lot Bk42author

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Great hub! Music does have a big impact on our bodies and mind. Voted interesting!