You may not have heard about it yet, but there is such a thing as musical therapy. This is a very established form of medicine, in which music is used in therapy sessions with actual patients. It has been clinically proven to work, and there have been multiple studies into the effectiveness of the process. As such, there is plenty of evidence to support that it does work.
How Does Music Therapy Work?
During this, music is used to intervene with the distractions of the patient’s life. It can help them focus on their actual goals without being distracted by the temptations of real life. It has to be performed by someone with qualifications and training in this regard and the ability to actually use music in a way that is beneficial to the patient.
When this is done properly, the music that is used can become a tool that is as powerful as any medication, if not more so. This is probably true because music is one of the most critical influences to brain activity. In certain studies, the brain activity of subjects was monitored over time as different musical numbers were played. To put things in layman’s terms, the darn thing lit up like the sky on Christmas Day. In fact, it is so essential to the development and the function of the brain that doctors recommend that pregnant mothers expose their bellies to music while they carry their child. The brain processes the sounds that come through into the womb, and leads to better learning capabilities over time.
Music Can Change Your Actions
The next time you listen to music, make sure that you focus on it. Then, take a look at how you are walking. The timing of your steps matches the beat of the music that is being played, or is close to it. This is because the brain registers the rhythm of the music being played and adjusts every single action of the body so that it can match this rhythm, rather like it is being programmed by the tune. In addition to this, the music can change your emotions. When you listen to certain songs, you tend to have different emotions. Some can make you happy, and others can make you sad.
This is because the brain actually releases certain hormones based on what part of it is being activated at a given time. This is why happy songs with an uplifting tune and words makes you feel happy as well, and why sad songs about loss can sometimes make you have an annoying lump in your throat.
Music is omnipresent. It is everywhere, all around us. We could be at work, at school, or even on the road, and there is always going to be music. It weaves stories around people, stories that are filled with emotion, grief, joy and fear. Not many people can resist the power of good music to make them feel something. It has the ability to change the mood of the people who hear it, to enhance their abilities or to transport them elsewhere in their minds. This ability is actually one of the things that attracts us to it in our billions. It invades our consciousness and helps us to rethink the world and everything in it.
A Language Spoken By 8 Billion
In addition to all this, it is a language. Music is a language that people all over the world can understand, because it has no words. An upbeat tune is an upbeat tune, no matter what culture it is played in. A sorrowful dirge is always going to make the heart heavy, even if the words of the song can’t be understood. When used as a language, music is able to connect people across the world and make them unite as one. It can be used to provide a spiritual experience that can have no compare, comforting the grieving in times of need and making the depressed smile without there needing to be a single word spoken. All over the world, it can also be used to promote social togetherness and to enhance the way in which different cultures work with each other.
Uniting People Through Sound
Music is also able to convey an image of where it was made. It is able to draw pictures in the brains of the listeners without having to describe it in words. Everyone can connect to it. Old men drown their woes in whisky and listen to Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Millennials and baby boomers listen to the music of their generations, to the times when rock and roll was huge and the world was a simpler place. Complete strangers at a bar unite to sing the famous lyrics to Piano Man regardless of their ethnicities, genders, social classes and other factors. None of this matters because of the sense of unison that this powerful language instills in us.
In fact, some music is synonymous with movements on a global scale. For example, Silent Night, the age old Christmas hymn, brought German and Allied soldiers out from their trenches and into each others’ camps for a whole night during Christmas Eve, 1942. An allied soldier started singing, and soon German voices joined in, shattering the hate and the tension of war to share a mug of eggnog and some rations for the night.