Whenever Albert Einstein is having a theoretical problem, he always plays his violin. Playing the violin made him more relaxed in solving his mathematical problems. Albert Einstein seems to be in tune with his violin as if his body is calling out for it.
There is truth to this phenomenon as supported by many music professionals and therapists. This phenomenon even explains why all people have preferences from punk rock to pop music to Celine Dion.
Music has always been used as a form of therapy or medicine, and people are unaware of it. According to a music therapist, playing an instrument or singing involves a lot of brain activity from the cerebellum to the cerebrum. Integrating music into your daily lives creates differences that you are often not aware of. Targeted music therapy changes lives as you will see below.
Helps fight pain
Music distracts the brain from the feeling of pain. For example, most people who are into working out and bodybuilding often used music as a form of motivation or overcoming their plateau (particularly in weightlifting). One study of fibromyalgia patients shows that listening to music minimizes the amount of pain they are experiencing, compared to those who are not listening to any form of music.
Makes you eat less and helps you exercise more
The rhythm of music affects physiology. As you notice, most fine dining restaurant accentuates the mood through music with the use of the violin, piano, or cello. It is to encourage enjoyment of the meal being served. That’s why steak served in a formal dining restaurant seems yummier compared to steak served in a diner!
The choice of music makes a difference, though. Soft music encourages you to eat less and slower, while fast-paced music makes you eat faster. It also encourages you not to savor your food since the music is way faster than the pace of how you are supposed to be eating. It’s been said that the best way to chew your food is to chew it for 20 times before swallowing. Well, that’s hard to put into practice if you have pop music on.
Another classic example is working out. A better and faster beat raises the body physiology which encourages the individual to lift better, move faster and perform better in any form of exercise. When you exercise without music, it seems like working out is a drag. You tend to finish a shorter workout, and you don’t seem to get the “beat” that you are looking for. That pales in comparison to when you put the volume up when you exercise. That’s why group classes are very effective: they raise your game and help you stay motivated to go back to the gym.
Boosts your immune system
The body has a biological response to music, with those exposed to music being said to have a higher concentration of Immunoglobulin A (IgA). IgA is part of the body’s antibodies that act as the first line of defense against infection. It is interesting since even a short flute or song piece can raise the levels of IgA in your body.
Wanted to release your anger lately? Are you currently experiencing emotional stress? Simply listen to music. Even listening to as few as three songs can make remarkable changes to your psychological and physiological health. One study had a group of people with anxiety disorder go through an experiment. The subjects were asked to listen to ten songs a day. After the survey, it was found out that they all had lower levels of depression and anxiety. It did not even matter what kind of song it was as some of the songs played were in the metal genre.
Have you ever tried singing and vocal training and then repeating the lyrics or melody in your head? That seemingly insignificant part of your day can do wonders to your memory, as it activates the core parts of your brain responsible for storing memory.
And when you study, it helps to put some music on. It was shown in a study in Hungary that students who played music while studying were more likely to remember things than those who studied without music. It is a perfect example of healthy distraction, right?
Music is often referred to as food for the soul. There are times when music understands your feelings and situations more than you get to understand yourself. Music is often filled with stories that you must interpret yourself. When you listen to music, you also seem to listen to the reflection of yourself. Those reflections can often offer aid and assistance when you need it the most. Music can help you go through suffering and obstacles, and it is a fantastic gift for everyone to get to enjoy music at its best in this day and age.