Music therapy. What kind of music is good for health and good mood

Why music starts unbearably sore head, and from another, on the contrary, increases mood and well-being? By posing this question, “the House of the Soviets” decided to investigate the effect of music on behavior, mood and health to give a lot of useful tips on how to use music to learn how to get rid of the problems and poor health.


It is known that music therapy is the safest and most economical way to help get rid of many diseases, which, besides, has no contraindications. Nice music has a beneficial effect not only on the nervous system and the circulatory system, a respiratory system and even digestion. Favorite tune can cause an increase in blood the number of lymphocytes, making the body becomes easier to fight diseases. And in that moment, when you hear a favorite song, the nervous system comes to tone, improves the metabolism, stimulates breathing and blood circulation. That is why with the help of music you can forget about bad mood, insomnia, feelings of insecurity and anxiety, improve memory and attention and even develop all sorts of creative abilities.
Facts and scientific experiments to prove the effects of music on the human body are many. One of the most significant is the case of life of the famous French actor Gerard Depardieu. It is known that the young aspiring actor is quite muddled and there are no specialists and advanced treatments have helped him to cope with this disease. Yet on the advice of the famous doctor Alfred Tomatis Depardieu began every day for two hours straight listening to Mozart’s music. After a few months he got rid of this problem.

Recently, Japanese scientists have even studied the impact of music on the process of lactation for new mothers. In the experiment, all of the nursing moms were divided into two groups. Alone for two weeks every day for hours listening to modern pop music. Others in the same dosage enjoyed classic works. In the end, the last quantity of milk has increased by 20%, and those who listened to “pop music” has decreased by almost half.
And canadian scientists from the University of Toronto have shown that children who study music, the level of intelligence on average 20% more than peers who are far from music. These children have more developed mathematical ability and spatial reasoning. It is also worth noting that after a series of experiments, it was concluded that the best work of the brain is affected by the keyboard instruments and vocals. But in General, stimulating the intellect the effect of music on children lasts at least 5 years.

There is another important example. We all know that today is born perfectly healthy no more than 20% of children, although a quarter of a century ago, this figure was much higher. Among the reasons influencing the health of a generation, scientists call not only less healthy lifestyle of modern parents, poor environment and other factors, but the fact that today has seriously changed music preferences, there are many “harmful” to the health of musical styles, and the popularity of “useful” classics or, for example, folk music fell.

Such examples are endless. But they all prove one thing – music INFLUENCES! Another thing is that in addition to the positive influence music can have the opposite effect – to provoke the development of various diseases and nervous disorders, and even cause suicidal intentions. That is why it is important to know what kind of music it is considered useful and what is not. But most importantly – WHY?

Musical recipe

The phenomenon of musical influence experts explain: “the human Body is a vibrating system. And the music is also vibration, just ordered in a certain way in sync. It brings order into our system, configures it in a certain way, affects the mood and functioning of internal organs and systems. And all diseases are manifested as certain dissonances, resulting from the imbalance of the patient’s body with a healthy body. Music can provoke lead to the disease process of desynchronization, and maybe Vice versa – to harmonize the body, maintaining one’s health” So the only question is – what kind of music and how it affects the person who listens to her?

There is a common opinion that, that, for example, rock is bad, but classical music is good. But the reality is much more complicated. Just different music for different people causes different emotions. And not all rock songs set on self-destruction, just as not all Symphony classics on the positive. It is proved that classical music is capable is not the best way to influence the body. Lots of other examples. This “Veisbergs scene” by Wagner and many of the works of Richard Strauss. Plus there are times when the music on the one hand has great artistic value, but a specific listener acts as a psychological poison. This category in particular rank as some of the works of Chopin in which the composer gave vent to his weakness and melancholy.
In General, the concept of “right” and “healthy” music is formed from very real concepts. First of all, the rhythm (or frequency) and the volume of the melody.

Experts claim that music is more useful than it less rhythmic and a little quieter. So, music with a rhythm of 60 beats per minute – how meditation slows down the beta waves in the brain, and the brain in this relaxed state ceases to experience stress and stabiliziruemost. That is why listening to music with such a rhythm allows you to get rid of nervousness and anxiety, improve the ability to work and care, to normalize the General condition and to regain a sense of peace. But when we begin to listen maximum the music, the reverse influence. The frequency of the brain waves begins to exceed the permissible norms, and the brain begins to experience stress. And if so loads the brain is constantly subjected, there is not only fatigue, irritability, and insomnia, but also more serious problems.

The effect of different music frequencies on the behavior of people and studied by many scientists. In particular, the specialist from Israel Warren Brodsky observed the students who went on the streets of a virtual city of music with different frequencies. In the end, he found that with the increase in tempo of the music, drivers are often left on a red light and got into an accident. And in General they were two times more likely to get into a car accident than the fans slow records.

A similar conclusion came the American psychologist, who advises RAC Conrad king. He noted that if the speed of a musical composition than 60 beats per minute, then the people who listen to music that quickens the heartbeat and increased blood pressure. It does not matter what kind of music you listen to: Opera, classical or the modern rave. It’s all in the beats per minute.

Exorbitant decibels

Another factor, which determines the degree of influence music is the volume. In particular, canadian scientists managed to prove that to loud music to perform physical and mental exercise takes about 20% more time. In their study, the experts asked the volunteers to perform various tasks to the music, changing the volume of 53 dB (typical noise level in the office) to 95 dB (the level). In the end, it was observed that with increasing volume the reaction of the people much of the fall.

Recently published and research experts from Harvard Medical school (USA), who studied how dangerous listening to loud music through headphones. In the end, it was concluded that the loud is the sound when it exceeds 80% of the possible volume. And listen to music so loud safe for health just in case, if it is done for no longer than 90 minutes a day. As for headphones, it has been proven that listening to music thus, 10-50% volume over a long period of time is not dangerous to hearing. But if you turn music to 100% volume and wear headphones, even 5 minutes of listening can lead to deafness. And this applies to children and adults.
Also, according to the study authors, people who constantly listen to loud music, hearing impairment can occur within 10 years. And adolescents, who are used to loud music, hearing is violated already by the age of 25 and will not return.

However, besides the volume and frequency of sound to measure “quality” and “usefulness” are affected and absolutely subjective factor is the individual perception of music by a specific person. The fact that the same music different people perceive differently. Therefore, the impact of the same songs to different people is totally different. And for someone devastating effects and will have children’s songs, and someone will be able to cure insomnia by listening to chanson or RnB. In a word the main thing that the music was like. Then the brain will cease to waste energy on negative emotions, which have a positive impact on overall health and helps to achieve total relaxation.

Full alignment

In General, doctors and psychologists have been able to prove a General pattern of positive and negative impact of specific musical genres. In particular, to “harmful” music was classified as house, hip hop, punk rock, hard rock, heavy metal, chanson, and the works of such artists as Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne. But in the list of “useful” includes nearly all the classics. And, the most healing and beautiful, impact is considered to be the music of Mozart: not fast and not slow, smooth but not boring – this musical phenomenon even got its definition as “the Mozart effect”. Equally useful to listen to children’s and folk songs that form a sense of security and complete peace of mind.

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