The healing power of music

January 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Ambient Music, Well Being & Self Growth

You hardly need a news report to tell you about the healing power of music.  Many studies over the years have confirmed our own personal experiences:  music can positively affect our moods.  Like purposely turning your mouth into a smile, you can immediately feel happier, more inspired and even relaxed when you listen to your favorite songs.

Any music will do, but doctors and healing professionals often recommend ambient music therapy for therapeutic purposes.  Can you just imagine getting this advice?  “Listen to these two CDs, and then call me in the morning!

(image from laRuth on Flickr)

Ambient Music Therapy – surround yourself with healing music and images (image from laRuth on Flickr)

You can also select your own favorite ambient music songs for therapeutic purposes or sounds you like. I use ocean sounds with forest birds, wind. I love this website on which you can create a cool player with a range of natural sounds.

I also recently bought a mac application that’s called Brainwave Studio that allows to create long loops of music and sound effects. Quite efficient to create a relaxing mood and easy to program.

Click here to Preview a sound player from http://naturesoundsfor.me

Click here for a Night fire in the woods ambiance

On YouTube, you’ll find ambient music videos from many new age music artists – myself included!  Visit my channel and listen to a range of sounds.  Ambient, new age, world music … pick your favorite and chill out!

The therapeutic qualities of music have been recognized since time of Plato and Aristotle!

“Music therapy, according to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), is a well-established health profession similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy, that uses music to therapeutically address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and social functioning.”

Ambient music therapy can be used in many settings.  Some people put on the music to help them relax and fall asleep.  You might hear it during a massage or at a yoga class.  Therapists often recommend listening to new age music artists during meditation and deep breathing exercises.  Even fussy babies often fall asleep with ambient music therapy!

(image from Vandelizer on Flickr)

Ambient music to aid a relaxed state of mind (image from Vandelizer on Flickr)

Ambient music also has been used by medical doctors as a holistic healing intervention.  Studies confirm the positive impact of music in reducing pain, anxiety, and muscle tension levels of patients admitted for an emergent medical condition.

In fact, during WWII, treating doctors and nurses would often play music to help patients suffering from both physical and mental traumas.  Because music therapy is non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical, its a safe treatment for patients.  There are no risks associated with surgery, and no side effects from drugs.

“The sounds, vibrations, and rhythms of music create a whole-brain, and even a whole-body experience that is effective in treating neurologic disorders as well as physical disorders… music helps stimulate the brain to be more active in sending electrical messages to the muscles and limbs in people with brain injuries and developmental disorders.”

If you are going to self-medicate, then ambient music therapy should be your “drug” of choice!

(image from jamiejohndavies on Flickr)

Body and mind healing through music therapy (image from jamiejohndavies on Flickr)

Why not go and download some ambient music today?  Doctors orders!

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to see Marcome: River of Soul to the Seven Seas and Hum a Tune for Happiness, More on Pop Music with Annie Lennox, Sade, More on Marcome’s world , Enjoy best New Age Music, Fantastic New Age Singers.

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Thanks for your comments. Marcomé

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17 Responses to “The healing power of music”
  1. Hi Marcome
    I just wanted to drop a line to tell you something. I am a multi-published author , and quite often music inspires me while writing. Through twitter I followed the link on your account to find the most beautiful music. A breath of fresh air. I will be using your music when I write now. It really calms my spirit and helps me focus on the emotion in my stories.
    So, I thank you, dear Marcome. I will be spreading the word.

    • marcome says:

      Thanks Adelle for your kindness! I use music too when I read books so it’s a natural pair! Sending you hopeful thoughts and prayers of inspiration and inner peace! Marcomé

  2. Hello Marcome here visiting you again and enjoy your videos, landscapes, your music, but especially with the pleasure of hearing your beautiful voice in them, and transmit your feelings on them, and get my heart as fresh oxygen rejoices my heart and soul, you have found the formula really what we want most human beings, inner peace in our hearts .. thank you for that, “are a divine being” god bless you.

  3. when i was younger, i always love the tune of alternative music compared to pop music ;,’

  4. LofyGuy says:

    i am interersted to get a physical therapy course because it seems like a good job ;,’

  5. MeRoof says:

    light emitting diodes for bathroom lighting is also very cool, they consume less electricity and is very bright too”;*

    • marcome says:

      Tks fro the suggestion! I have a hard time finding new light bulbs that will tolerate dimmers.. I use lights almost like candles so I’m still looking for dimmable lights.

  6. Christopher says:

    What a fabulous article. Not enough people really stop to appreciate the healing power of ambient music…and a power it is!

  7. Marianna says:

    Music has power. Dependent upon the type and lyrics it can take us through a variety of emotions – negative or positive.

    I notice that so many places of business turn up the music, which only serves to increase the volume. People then feel compelled to yell in order to be heard. Rather than being helpful, it becomes harmful – to conversation and to our ears.

    Music has a place in our head and in our heart. The right music smoothens out our heart rhythms which leads to better emotional, mental and physical health. Smoother heart rhythms equals stress transformation.

    Thank you for your gift of music to sooth our souls and smoothen our heart rhythms!

    • marcome says:

      Music and ritual chants have been part of Humanity forever, it surely has some healing power. I personally find joy in the sharing of simply singing folk songs with the family at Xmas. I like to invite people to play shakers or percussion if they’re too shy to sing! I have many friends who are not singers but they do know all the lyrics of those childhood songs we used to love! They bring joy to my heart! Music is the pleasure of sharing & feeling alive! Tks very much for this discovery about the Musical Brain researches. Marcomé xx

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