Music The Therapy You Already Use
Recently, Italian researchers have found that our blood pressure heart and breathing rate all respond to music; we become vitalized with music of an increasing tempo, while slow, meditative music induces a relaxing effect. The fact that music is a pleasurable experience, can be seen as a health benefit, for when we are relaxed, the body tends to function better. Listening to music seems to have the similar effect similar of many other relaxation techniques.
There have been other individuals who have conducted research on the effect of music, not only on humans, but plants and crystals as well. Since the core of music is vibration, it is easy to see why a discordant vibration that is found in the music of heavy metal or hard rock, generates a much different effect than the harmonious ones found in classical or new age music, making it well known for its calming qualities.
Have you noticed that classical music is most often chosen for environments that deal with large numbers of people, such as metro or subway stations? Or the immediate connection that music called the "blues" puts a person in a deep, contemplative mood?
In Eastern traditions, music has always been connected to our emotions - the soul of a person, that in fact, each person's spirit is attuned to a specific note on the music scale. In the next part of this series, we will take a deeper look at the Core Influences of Music.