Shashank Saxena
by on June 3, 2020
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Did you ever imagine why do some sounds help you sleep better? The sound of the falling rain, the crash of the ocean waves, the wind in the trees – why do these sounds leave a magical effect on your mind and body? It is because your brains perceive these sound as harmonizing with your vibrations.. This gives you immense joy and heals the soul. Practically this is how nature cures through its music.

 

Many are of the view that that cosmos had generated itself from a musical sound that reverberates all across it through galaxies, the solar system and all life forms. Music is no longer just a medium of entertainment. It is not just an ensemble of right notes that cheers up people who look for a temporary solace.  Now everyone can rely on the capacity of music as a cure.

To a technical mind, when sound vibrations repeat themselves periodically, they make music. But a layman understands music as a sound emanating from a source that may be a musical instrument or a singer.

Many who are less vocal or shy to express themselves find music as a medium to  express their potential. Music is a great motivator too. Most importantly, music finds one of its greatest uses as a cure for human beings ranging from infants to the elderly. The areas where music is of great help are Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Neurological Problems, and other mental disorders. It is so because music is employed in all these conditions as an instrument which works at an emotional, physical and intellectual level.

Music works wonders to improve communication skills, focus, and develop self awareness. The trained professionals provide treatment by encouraging their client to use their voice and to improvise freely together with percussion and melodic instruments, so that they could explore the world of sound and develop a personal musical language. This supports the process of growth and the person starts to communicate through music. Thus, it helps to build a musical relationship within a safe and confidential environment. Structured musical activities such as musical games and songs include some clinical methods suited to different persons who need help.

Research shows that music has a great impact on our brains and bodies. It goes to motor nerves in our body through a rhythmic beat which helps to regain some motor skills. In older adults, music therapy may stimulate the lost memory. The psychological responses may stimulate a person in coma!

Music therapists use music to help a child learn to communicate or relearn how to talk again. Clinically it is used to target focus and concentration as it influences our emotions.

In children, structural changes in the brain which are related to processing of sound and language development can be worked upon. Musical training sharpens brain’s encoding of sound, leading to enhanced performance which deals with language and listening skills. Since music does not require an ability to speak, it is effective for those who cannot communicate verbally.

A particular arrangement and articulation of notes in a Raga ( Indian scale), cures various ailments through electromagnetic changes in the body. It is said that an Indian music legend Thyagraj, made the dead alive by singing a composition based on Raga Bihari. Different Indian ragas, if sang/heard at the right time of the day, have different effects on our systems. Raga Bhairavi and Raga Jogiya, if sang/heard between 4am to 7am give emotional strength, peace and devotion. Raga Deshkara , Raga Todi and Raga Alaihya Bilawal, if sang/heard between 7am to 10am increase energy, dynamism and joy and so on. Raga Hamsadhwani if sang/heard between 7pm to 10pm, enhances heart health. Music has numerous effects on human body.

In a challenging and competitive environment, where work area has been reduced to a chair and a laptop, music comes as a boon. It offers psychological well being by reducing anxiety and depression. It generates happy hormones such as Dopamine, Endorphins, Serotonin which relieve a stressed out mind. These are known to support cooperation, social behavior, relationship and team work.

Music has a capacity to normalize the heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, skin temperature and bio chemical responses. Participating in making music can benefit without or with less use of medication.

It is wonderful how music is used to encourage to be creative and imaginative which supports a therapist to develop constructive and creative interest in a person. This allows one to move away from repetitive behavior. An expression through music helps the needy to make choices that lead to the development of less rigid thoughts and soft behavior patterns.

In a study, music improved the overall behavior, particularly inattentive behavior of children. Music therapy which is engaging and enjoyable helped such children to overcome the difficulty in concentrating. They became more creative where they could make sounds and engage with others.

Music comes as a great hope for cancer patients as it calms down some of the psychological effects and the pain suffered during the treatment.  It can relax the cancer patients and make them more comfortable. They can express their emotions like anger, fear etc. Children who were under treatment loved playing with the musical instruments and admitted that they felt less pain and anxiety. Music has a power to induce meditation by producing a resonance which vibrates through the entire body and the mind. Music touches our innermost being which gives a sense of fulfillment.

Conclusively, we as human beings need music as a cure to heal the body, mind and the soul.

“Music is Meditation, better than Medication”

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