sound

sound

From top ten hits, classic melodies, mellow jazz, to instrumental pieces, they all have different effects on each of us.  Music through the decades can jog memories, make us cry, make us smile, dance and sing.  Beats can make us run faster on the treadmill and motivate us to work harder. Soundtracks represent our emotions.

Music wellness is a form of active rest channelled through sound and vibrations. Tune in to a calming beat, a soulful sound, a rhythm that quietens yet acts as a positive stimulant.

A study by the University of Oxford concluded that a repeated 10-second rhythm in certain compositions coincides with lowering the blood pressure of some listeners. A piece by the composer Verdi is a perfect example. According to research the right melody can boost blood flow, reduce stress related hormones and anxiety levels, improve post-operative recovery and positively help some dementia patients.

meditation

meditation

Sound therapy has long been used to treat a wide range of health conditions. Factors such as stress, depression and dis-ease, can cause cells and our body organs to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.  Even the NHS has acknowledged the benefits and now offers therapy services to boost emotional health and wellbeing. ​

Such treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter, including our body’s cells, vibrate at different frequencies. Instruments used in healing therapy include gongs, crystal and Himalayan bowls as they radiate pure frequencies and harmonics.

Sound bath therapy is now becoming increasingly popular. It is a powerful sonic meditation that enables deep relaxation and induces a feeling of peace and wellbeing. The vibrations are introduced from the gong and other instruments to assist the release of emotional and energy blockages in the body and stimulate deep healing on a cellular level.

piano

piano

Healing with sound is believed to date back to ancient Greece, when music was used to try to cure mental disorders. Music has been used to ward off evil spirits by chanting, boost morale in military troops and help people work faster and increase productively.

More recently, a study conducted by neuroscientists from Mindlab International recorded participants’ physiological responses to specific songs while solving complex puzzles. Based on the results, the scientists came up with the 10 most relaxing songs: 

Marconi Union, “Weightless” …

Airstream, “Electra” …

DJ Shah, “Mellomaniac (Chillout Mix)” …

Enya, “Watermark” …

Coldplay, “Strawberry Swing” …

Barcelona, “Please Don’t Go” …

All Saints, “Pure Shores” …

Adele, “Someone Like You”

Whether it be Verdi, a Himalayan gong or a sound bath, tune-in to music wellness and create your own playlist to bring instant audio into your everyday wellbeing.  Just press play.

Jane Wilson, editor of www.thehealthcareholiday.com and www.thewellnesstraveller.co.uk