By Robin Smyth
Aside from making you tap your toes, sing off-key loudly and move your body, your favourite tunes could also be improving your health while you listen. According to Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author of Sounds of Healing, we feel sound with every cell in our bodies. This has far reaching implications in the sense that your favourite playlist could actually aid you in activating your entire body to a higher state of wellness.
The science behind music and its healing powers is far-reaching, with studies being conducted by multiple researchers into the capabilities of music therapy. For more than 50 years, licensed musical therapists have been teaching the benefits of musical treatment on quality of life.
There is evidence that listening to your favourite music, whatever it is that makes you happy, can aid in dealing with stress, reduce pain levels and blood pressure, and help bring sleep on. Clearly the music and volume must be chosen wisely when expecting certain results, as not all music lends itself to drifting away at bedtime. There are claims that colds and infections grow weaker when the appropriate track is played at the correct length. This type of therapy, of course, is not a one hit wonder. As with any other program, results are cumulative and based on a long-term dedication to the benefits that music therapy has to offer.
In addition to deriving health benefits from day-to-day listening, you are now able to select from a myriad of music being generated with the specific purpose of bringing healing to mind, body and soul. Selections at your fingertips range from whale music to binaural beats. They are hitting the airwaves to bring to you greater levels of peace, healing and relaxation. Next time your schedule lines you up with a low-intensity activity that requires a soundtrack, such as a bubble bath, walking, meditation or yoga, why not layer that with some soothing Reiki music or a calming Buddhist chant?
Truly there has never been a better time in which to incorporate your favourite sounds into your lifestyle. With the advent of mobile devices and many selections of headsets on the market, our generation is fully equipped to engage in the simplest form of health benefit that there could be, just by pressing play. Or, if combining imagery with sound is more your style, try hitting up the Internet for some excellent videos that incorporate sight and sound for an even deeper experience than sound alone can provide.
When added to your already clean and active lifestyle and medicinal practices, music is a fun and easy way to gear up to a higher level of health and happiness. So go ahead, get into the groove, pump up the volume, sing a song, get down on it, bust a move and, above all else, love your life!
Robin Smyth has contributed to newsletters, business publications, inter-company webpages and blog sites. She has reported on multiple genres engaging a variety of styles and is known for her one draft, no edits style of writing. Follow her on Twitter @RobinDS3.