The healing effects of music on the human body have been observed by many since the beginning of time. Today however, research has shown that music, specifically classical music, has a profound effect in aiding the body and psyche heal.
There is a growing field of health care known as music therapy, which uses music to restore to health those suffering from certain maladies. Those who practice music therapy are finding benefit in using music to help patients with depression, tension, anxiety, etc.
None of this is surprising, since music affects the body and mind in many formidable ways. Music with a strong beat can stimulate brain waves to resonate in sync with the beat, bringing about sharper concentration and more alert thinking. With the alteration of brain waves come changes in body functions. Those governed by the nervous system, such as breathing and heart rate can also be altered by the effects of music. For this reason music therapy can help counteract or prevent the damaging effects of chronic stress.
Music can also be used to bring a more positive state of mind, thereby helping to keep depression and anxiety at bay.
While music therapy is an important discipline, you can achieve many of its benefits if you use it on your own. Music can be used in daily life for relaxation, to gain energy when feeling drained, as a catharsis when dealing with emotional stress, to help you fall asleep faster, and to help ease headaches and stomach aches. I have included a few videos with musical works that help address some of these maladies.
During this hectic holiday season, use some of these carefully selected pieces of music to help you cope.
If you are an insomniac listen to: Debussys Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
If you suffer from anxiety listen to Rodrigos Concierto de Aranjuez
If you need energy to get out of bed and cope with the last minute preparations for the holidays I strongly recommend Rossinis William Tell Overture
Carmen Ileana Romn writes a regular column for fredericknewspost.com.