Music as a therapy!

Music | Peace | Therapy | 08th September 2021 | Virtual Wire

 

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Research suggests music can influence us a lot. It Can improve illness, depression, spending productivity and our perception of the world.

HOW MUSIC HELPS!

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Music is a language of emotion in that it can represent different feelings and barge into the soul with no boundaries or limitations. People are always challenged by the fact that no one understands them or know how they “ really feel ” so they turn to music. Music also has the capacity to imitate emotions.


What happens when you listen to music every day. It provides total brainwork. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory.


Studies have shown that when people listen to music, their conditions fluctuate and the effect is to change their behaviour. Studies have shown that different language, tempos, tones and sounds levels of music can cause different effects on emotions, mental activities and physical reactions.



WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY!

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Music therapy is the clinical use of music to accomplish individualized goals such as reducing stress, improving mood and self-expression. It is an evidence-based therapy well established in the health community. Music therapy may include listening, singing, playing instruments or composing music.



WHAT HAPPENS IN A MUSIC THERAPY SESSION!

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Music therapy can be conducted with individuals or in groups and the music may be chosen by the therapist or by the person in therapy.



OUTLOOK OF PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH

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Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, your abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of your life.


1- When a person experiences difficulty communicating after a stroke, singing words or short phrases set to a simple melody can often enhance speech production and fluency.


2- A person with impaired motor skills might improve fine motor skills by playing simple melodies on a piano or tapping out a rhythm on drum pads. Listening to a rhythmic stimulus, such as a metronome, can also help a person initiate, coordinate, and time their movements.


3- A therapist might play a piece of music for children with autism who have limited social skills and ask them to imagine the emotional state of the person who created the music or the person who is playing it. Doing so can help a person with autism develop or strengthen the ability to consider the emotions others are experiencing.


4- Group drumming circles have been used to induce relaxation, provide an outlet for feelings, and foster social connectedness among members of a group. Group members might sit in a circle with a hand drum while the therapist leads them in drumming activities that may involve group members drumming one at a time or all at once.


Those who are part of the circle may be asked to express how they feel by playing a rhythm on their drum or the group might be asked to improvise music as a means of increasing group cohesiveness.


5- Music might be incorporated into guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation techniques to enhance the effectiveness of these methods.


BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY


1- Music therapy may help you psychologically emotionally, physically, spiritually, cognitively and socially


2- It could also help in lowering blood pressure, improve memory, enhanced communication and social skills through experiencing music with others.

3- Self-reflection and observing your thought.


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4- Reducing muscle tension, self-regulation developing healthy coping skills to manage your own thoughts and emotions.


5- Increasing motivation , managing pain and increasing joy.







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