Music Therapy is an unconventional form of treatment where music is used to give care to the patients. Researches have repeatedly proved that music can in an inexplicable way influence the mind and body in many different ways. Music can be a pleasant, stimulating and inspiring. Simply put, music when used correctly can make your life better.
Music therapy helps people positively in physical, mental, emotional and social way. Music can be used in various ways which may include having people sing, play or just listen to music or relax, exercise and mediate with music. Music offers complete relaxation, provides emotional healing, develops serenity and positivity and lessens stress and pain. In the recent years music is more and more being used for stressed out patients, terminally ill patients, or those who are undergoing palliative care.
Listening to music has a relaxing effect on both mind and body. Musical therapy can effectively lower the blood pressure, slow down pulse rate and decrease the levels of stress hormones leading to complete mental and physical relaxation.
It cannot be proven beyond doubt that music can help patients in palliative care but yes various studies have proved that music therapy is often used in conventional treatments to help reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, as well as nausea. Medical experts believe it can diminish some pain symptoms, aid healing, improve a patient’s quality of life and lead to a relaxed and more receptive mind frame.
How Does Music Therapy Help?
A music therapy session may incorporate a number of different elements, such as making music, exercising or meditating with music or just listening to music. Music treatment helps to encourage a patient to express emotion, alleviate stress or anxiety and achieve complete relaxation.
Musical therapy can be very effective in ailments like autism, developmental problems in children and many other lifestyle diseases like stress, depression, hypertension and many more.
It’s well known facts that children from infancy respond wonderfully to musical sounds. Music therapy for children is a well-established field all across the world and has helped millions of children with learning disability and special needs. Essentially it has been observed that music tends to be one of the top motivators for children with special needs.
And even in day to day life music can do wonders- many studies have pointed out that children receiving classical musical training are in an advantage for phonological awareness (PA) and also have better reading abilities and memory function.
The famed fairy tale writer Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, Music speaks” and stands true for autistic adults and kids. Music therapy for autism has gained considerable recognition and is one of the most beneficial tools to treat autism. Therapeutic intervention of music increases the level of expressibility in kids. Indian Classical ragas tend to have immense behavioural changes in autistic children and make them more expressive and alert.
Indian Classical Music Therapy
In India, music has regularly been used as a therapeutic agent since Vedic times. Raga based music therapy is like yoga therapy, where sounds are played or sung in a way that it acts upon the human body to awaken many dormant faculties. Various ‘Ragas’, have been found to be very effective in curing many diseases when played and combined with a person’s thoughts and needs.
The raga therapy is a very old and ancient practice just like yoga. There is an ancient Indian text – the Nada yoga meaning “union through sound.” It teaches the ancient spiritual art and science of inner transformation through sound and tone- the music therapy yoga
Using Music on Your Own
While musical therapists can be of immense help you can also achieve many benefits from music on your own. Music can be used in daily life for relaxation, for dealing with emotional stress, and in other anxieties as well.
Musical therapy is not just listening to any music that you find enjoyable or relaxing, it’s much more than that. To reap the benefits of musical treatment you need a music therapist who can systematically design musical interventions to help you relax completely and reach your health goals.