I have had the privilege of facilitating and witnessing remarkable transformational changes through music therapy. Learn more about my video offering of music therapy: http://musicheals.me/video-3-music-therapy.html and see the intro video here: https://youtu.be/8WRm1YyOF4g
Music is, in its essence, vibration. We are influenced by sounds because there is a resonance that is set up from the vibration of sound waves to your body and energy field. How many times have you heard comments such as, “The music moved me” or “I felt the music in my body and soul”?
Music as a powerful and non-threatening medium of healing and integration provides a safe container for exploration. Musical elements of rhythm, tempo, pitch, harmony, color, texture and text affect different responses in the brain. Music has the ability to cut through levels of consciousness and change physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states.
“The place to begin is your body. People not musically trained only too easily assume that music is something that happens ‘out there,’ rather than something ‘in here,’ that I do.” — Mathieu, Bridge of Waves, p.4
Music can bypass mental processes, moving beyond the walls of perception that have been created over time. As sound enters your body and energy field, the vibration influences your mood and your thoughts. Music can help enable expression and catharsis of hidden thoughts, emotions and energy, speaking in places where there are no words, realizing a deeper truth within.
Your own particular life experience, emotional and mental state, and social and cultural influences determine how music resonates with you in any given moment. In addition, your posture, time of day, frame of reference for listening and intention for the experience can also affect how you experience the music. I have always been dismayed at the uncomfortable seats in concert halls, as they affect my ability to relax enough to take in the music fully!
Here are some examples of the ways that music therapists use music for reprogramming and reforming old patterns.
- Time and space orientation: The rhythmic patterns and phrases of music help to organize, structure and open awareness of time perception. For example, classical music by Mozart can help a student relax and focus while studying, improving brain function.
- Physiological changes: Drumbeats of 120–140 beats per minute have an endorphin release that can reduce pain. At 60 beats per minute (a pulse that is natural to humans), such sounds can lower blood pressure and induce relaxation.
- Emotional catharsis: Expression of emotions evoked through listening to music can provide release of anxious, limiting energy, leading to insight, understanding and integration. You feel the healing effects of music when singing along with your favorite song, shaking it out on the dance floor or allowing tears to flow in response to the resonance of music.
- Transpersonal experience: Music can help you move to a higher level of consciousness and spiritual connection, offering intuitive guidance, support and comfort.
“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.”—Aaron Copland