Music is one of those activities that engage the whole brain. It is intrinsic in nature. It is familiar to and belongs to all cultures.
It is not only used for learning languages and improving memory but also for focusing attention and improving physical coordination and development. This goes without saying that music can be distracting if it’s too loud or too jarring, but for the most part, listening to various kinds of music can have a long lasting, soothing and relaxing effect on the brain.
Mind Your Therapy
Music is the best pain manager and it has positive effects when trying to relieve someone of severe pain. Any relaxing musical piece can reduce the sensation and distress of even the most serious chronic pain or postoperative pain.
Some experts have coined the term ASMR. It stands for Autonomous Sensory Mental Response, which is triggered in the brain by certain types of audios and music and the waves and vibrations created by them.
It stimulates and tingles the brain into relaxation mode for proper healing. The human brain, however, reacts to this music in different ways and it is considered as one of the best therapies of modern times.
It is considered a very unique and effective method to reduce chronic pain and the need for strong medications. Music also cures depression. Music can serve as a heart regulator by relaxing our breathing, calming our inner turmoil, counteracting our pain by releasing endorphins and giving us a sense of control.
Blood Is Thicker…
Reducing blood pressure is another benefit that can be obtained from listening to music you like. Some people are in the habit of playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening. Patients with high blood pressure can easily lower their blood pressure and keep it low with some practical techniques. According to many researches, hypertension and wild fluctuations in blood pressure can be overcome by listening to just 30 minutes of classical, melodious or raga music every day.
We Heart It
Music is good not only for your over-burdened head but for your tired heart as well. Many researches show that it is the musical tempo, rather than style of the music that counts in many cases.
A study showed that faster heartbeats and breathing rates were the result of listening to music that had more tempo and were lively pieces, whereas music with relaxing tones and melodies were the ones that made the heartbeat go slower and breathing rates to come to more optimal level. The tempo, or pace, of the music has been found to have the greatest effect on our relaxation.
Immunise, Shall We?
Music has the incomparable power to boost your immune system. Scientists have explained that a particular type or a preferred choice of music can create a positive aura around you. That particular music which can uplift your mood can have a more profound emotional experience. It further leads to secretion of immune- boosting hormones in the body that combat illnesses. Listening to music or singing can also reduce stress levels and related hormone cortisol as higher levels of cortisol are a reason for decreased immune response.
Remember To Play and Play To Remember!
Music enhances your intelligence, improves your learning and grasping power and increases your IQ. However, we don’t encourage leaving your textbooks for Rolling Stones.
Listening to music or playing could actually make you a better learner, research has confirmed this fact. Music can also be given credit to improve your memory performance. The power of music is so divine that for it to be able affect memory seems quite intriguing, but is still believable.
Musical pieces such as that of Mozart’s that have a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activate both the sides of the human brain. This simultaneous activation of the left and right brain can maximize learning and retention of information.