By Louise Jensen
When we listen to music our brain releases Dopmaine which is a feel good chemical which is essential for the healthy functioning of the central nervous system; it has effects on emotion, perception and movement.
Music is proven to make positive physiological changes to us including heart rate, breathing and pulse rate resulting in physical chills of pleasure. A study was undertaken by Dr Mike Miller of Baltimore, who measured the effects of music on the cardiovascular system by measuring blood vessel size before, during and after music playing. When a patient liked the music playing, the blood vessels relaxed and opened up.
Happy lyrics help us to think positively. “Walking on Sunshine” anyone?
Music lifts mood, reduces anxiety, raises motivation and helps combat insomnia and depression. A recent study by Stanford University shows that depressed patients gain self-esteem and their mood improves after music therapy.
Music can trigger associated memories transporting you back to special occasions. Billie Holiday always reminds me of my Nana – good times.
Music physically heals – yes really. Fabien Maman, a musician and acupuncturist devised the Tama-Do Academy, based on his extensive research that showed that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies by changing colour and shape. His findings demonstrate sick or rogue cells can be healed or harmonised with sound.
Whatever the reason you listen to music I hope it makes your heart sing.
First published on Mind Body Green on the 11th August 2012. (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5772/6-Ways-Music-Can-Heal-You.html)