Sound therapies are fast becoming a very popular way of relaxing, reducing anxiety and restoring one’s health. For centuries many cultures have used the power of music to enhance their well-being and improve general health conditions. Many people who suffer from anxiety or stress turn to holistic help from meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Stress can increase the risk of health issues such as heart disease, obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems and asthma.
Music therapy has been used with some success in the past to help reduce anxiety. Neuroscientists in the U.K. have found a single song that resulted in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety and a 35 per cent reduction in a persons usual physiological rate.
This 8 minute piece of music called “Weightless” was produced by Marconi Union. The Manchester musicians teamed up with the British Academy of sound therapists to carefully arrange beautiful harmonies, relaxing rhythms and calming bass lines, which were found could actually help to slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol. In fact, the music was found to be so effective, that many of the female participants tested became drowsy — to the point where lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving.
Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only the regions responsible for processing sound but also the areas associated with emotions.
So the next time you feel the need to relax and de-stress, don’t go for a quick fix like a chocolate bar, instead play this wonderful piece of music. Just sit back and relax in a nice warm bath or a comfortable chair, close your eyes and chill out to the soothing sounds.
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