Oliver Wendell Holmes once suggested that we take a music bath every day, and that it would do for the soul what a water bath does for the body.
Now, I don't know about you, but I absolutely love to soak in the tub. It's totally relaxing and rejuvenating, and probably has healing benefits outside of letting the day's dust float off.
So how does music heal? Music isn't just something we listen to.....it's something we feel. It makes us move - physically - and it moves us - emotionally. It also activates the parts of the brain that produce pleasure. But more than that, music will literally - physically - change our brain. Parts of our brain can grow larger with more music, changing the structure and the activity of the brain.
So what does that have to do with healing?
Well....think of it this way:
If you've got pain, you're probably not feeling much pleasure. Music makes the part of the brain that produces pleasure more active.....It's like getting a bigger screen TV. If you've got 2 TVs side by side, and one of them is big and the other is huge, which one do you think will grab your attention more?
If you've got anxiety and depression, you're probably not feeling much pleasure. Maybe you need a huge TV screen sitting next to the one that's playing in your mind......
And if you've got PTSD, maybe you need a bigger screen to watch........
You get the picture.
Scroll down and let me know if you've ever used music to consciously change your mood or your perception of pain. I'd love to know what your experience has been! I read the comments and respond.
I also want to let you know that I'm working on a webinar for people with chronic pain. It's not just about music.....it will have proven practices and techniques that involve movement, focus, sound and relaxation - as well as other techniques - to help you move from pain-centered to life centered. Use the Simple Chat or email me if you're interested. I'll let you know when it's ready.
Toni Narins is a licensed acupuncturist, sound healer and author with over 30 years experience in the science and art of heaing. Her approach addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of imbalances