Music Therapy—Classical Music for Health
November 17, 2016
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Ever wonder why classical music has been around for ages and shows no signs of going out of style? There are many reasons, but one of them will benefit you directly.

Classical music is good for your health! Those intricately structured movements have a profoundly therapeutic effect on your nerves and can help to restore your nervous system on a deep subconscious level.

We can’t always find a quiet natural haven to rejuvenate our minds and relax our nerves, yet having time to reorganize mentally on a regular basis is necessary for overall health.  When you ignore this fact for too long, you get frazzled, nervous, and ill.

Luckily, no matter where you are, you can synthesize your nerves, rest your brain, and relax your body right there. Just pop some ear buds into your ears and turn up the Chopin.

Not All Sounds Are Therapeutic

City noises and other incoherent sounds of everyday life disturb our nervous systems and it’s important to find a way to balance out the adverse effects negative sounds.

A loud sound makes us jump.  When we hear a scratchy high-pitched voice, we cringe. It is said that a pleasant voice multiplies friends— it lures.  Have you noticed that when you jump, or cringe, or find yourself lured into someone’s tale, your physical reaction is not conscious choice, but rather a subconscious response? Our bodies react to sound as much as our minds respond to words. It has to do with the complex way that sound waves penetrate our nervous system.

While living in the city, white noise penetrated through my apartment walls.  For the most part, I could deal with the sounds of sirens and the jangles of construction, but when my immunity was down the noise was physically disruptive.

I soon discovered that classical music has a strong, physiologically calming effect. It made my body blossom from the inside.  Finding the classical music that genuinely moves you requires some digging, but it’s worth the effort. My favorites work like therapy.

Once you find the right composers or compositions, the intricate structures of classical music can restore your health anytime, anywhere.

Try Classical Music for Your Health

Even if classical music isn’t your typical first choice, try finding a few works that move you and revert to them in times of stress or physical exhaustion. Classical music beats meds and doctor visits. Currently, I can’t stop listening to  Chopin’s Melody of Paradise and Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D-Minor

 

*Header photo: Melanie-Rodrigue

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