Therapy through music: myth or reality?

About 2300 years ago, Aristotle spoke about the emotional and sentimental impact that music to humans:

Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul…when one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued with the same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form.”

It’s known that music has the power of healing since the time of Pythagoras. Pythagoras called healing with sounds – purification. He conceived remedies for both body and mind thru music therapy. With musical instruments, special conceived by him, he could diminish the need of sexual intercourse.

The warm and harmonious sounds can produce beneficial stats of mind designed to improve healthy state, to maintain calm and even make us stronger when facing daily stress. In Greek and Egyptian schools it was believed that the science of music and the science of healing to be sacred and their knowledge was reserved only for the initiates.

Music (sounds) can act directly on the physical and mental state, so – by default – the immune system. Music makes every cell react to the rhythm, making them vibrate in harmony. Any sound that exists around us affects the mind and body on many levels.

The sound has different importance in the daily life, from the sound that wakes us up in the morning, the music played in public transport, in music stores, the ring tones of phones and many more influences our mood, life and health.

Our body can be considered a tool for self-healing, essentially because the state tends to optimal. Every cell in our body is like a sound resonator and has its own specific rhythm. Each organ has its rhythm in the cycles of life for example the hart.

The goal of music therapy is to reduce psycho-physiological stress, pain, negative mental states. It is certainly very easy for each of us to practice such therapy. The good thing that can come with this is that we can give up on tacking painkillers in favor of listening to music, being one of many ways of healing through music and eliminating medicine. However, you should keep in mind that our preferences to be in agreement with the sounds and energy given by music.

Music therapy has several subcategories:

music therapy – therapy that is based on a song;

sound therapy – uses special sounds;

voice therapy – uses vocal sounds;

Depending on the personality, illnesses or patient goals, the therapist may choose one of the two forms of therapy:

active – which consists of practicing an instrument, composing songs, execution of movements and rhythmic sounds of music especially favoring self-expression;

passive – by listening to music that stimulate the creative energy and helps increase concentration and memory;

Music brings out emotions sometimes forgotten or hidden long ago.

In music therapy sounds and rhythms are tools that develop creativity, when they come in contact with yourself they have positive effects in treat various health problems like anxiety, chronic pain, hypertension, learning disabilities and so on.

Because of its effect on the central nervous system, music is an important factor that helps to relax and reduce stress. As a personal development tool, music contributes to increased cognitive abilities (attention, memory), psycho-motor (agility, coordination, mobility) and socio-emotional.

Myth or reality? We would say that is rather a reality!

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