The pressures of life had me a little low today. As I was driving to meet a friend for lunch, I recalled a disc (yes I still have CDs) that was in my car with a mix of acid jazz/electronic songs on it. I threw it on and could almost feel the stress melt down my leg and out of my body immediately. I love how music does that. It’s an important reason why I decided to pursue it as a career. My enjoyment towards it is directly connected to the way my body responds to it. Don Campbell wrote a book called The Mozart Effect, which explores how music can have beneficial results in a persons development, well being, and even improve ailments. This book specifically relates to Mozart’s music, but the concept can be applied towards music in general. Our bodies respond to frequencies, tones, pitches, rhythms, vibrations, etc. Certain sounds have the power to lower heart rate, relax breathing, increase brain activity, and transport us into a relaxed state. On the other hand, certain sounds have the power to do the exact opposite. Maybe this is why mosh pits occur (that or steroids). The relationship our bodies share with music is remarkable and has been observed for a very long time. Royalty used to have musicians serenade them with violins to reduce stress. Today, music therapy is a very popular form of treatment in many types of ailments including psychiatric disorders, physical handicaps, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, communication disorders, and aging. Sometimes all it takes it a peaceful song and a deep breath for our bodies to find harmony in disharmony. Suddenly, we are balanced out. Put the Mozart Effect into action the next time you’re in a funk. It just might help, especially with all the negativity in the world today. I’m almost at the point where I don’t even turn on the news anymore. Maybe this message just needs to be promoted a little more. If you care to dive deeper into this topic, here are some links you may find helpful:

Effects of Music Training on the Child’s Brain and Cognitive Development

The Effects of Different Types of Music on Cognitive Abilities

Healing power of music – The Augusta Chronicle

Music and Your Body: How Music Affects Us and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health

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