Soothing Effect of Music

May 14, 2011 | Health & Wellness, Life & Leisure

Every person leans to particular kind of music. In fact, one way of telling the kind of personality someone has is on the kind of music he usually listens to. But more than just a means of self-expression, music can also have a soothing effect to one’s spirit, soul, and mind. It gives us a relaxing feeling by calming our nerves and relieving tension from our body. Just by listening to music, our mood can change dramatically, from being stressed up to a relaxed state in minutes.

Here are some examples of relaxing music you might want to try:

*    Classical Music:  Waltz, Lullaby, and Baroque Music are very good for relaxation. Oftentimes they are used before bedtime to prepare for a good night’s sleep. You can try famous works of Brahm, Mozart, and Strauss for starters.

*     Acoustic Music: Instruments that are natural-sounding and have their own resonance are very appealing and pleasing to the ears. Guitar or piano solo such as arpeggios are excellent for this kind of music.

*     New Age : Non-electronic instruments are used extensively in this kind of music. Instruments are particularly those with cool, mellow sounds like flutes, chimes, harpsichords, didgeridoos, and bells.

*   Sound Effects : Though not necessarily music (it is not melodic), sounds of nature has the same calming effect as those from man-made musical instruments. The sound of waterfalls, brooks, and soft patter of rain will lull your senses and give you that good night’s rest.

Some people like listening to rock music when they relax or sleep. It’s fine as long as it gets them to calm their nerves; the kind of music doesn’t matter. We’re all different and respond differently to a particular kind of music. Besides, the type of mood  will also have an effect on the type of music a person would like to listen to.

Music as a stress relief: Studies conducted on the effects of music to a person’s well-being showed that relaxation music can actually relieve some stress and muscular tension and some cases of sleep disorder and even depression. Furthermore, soothing music also stimulates the production of anti-depressants such as endorphins and serotonin to help fight the negative effects of stress.

Music for the heart: It also helps in maintaining a healthy heart by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure. This is true with slow, rhythmic music. You can actually prove this by comparing your pulse rate before and after you listen to relaxation music. This slower rate helps your brain, heart, and lung functions in absorption of minerals and nutrients in the bloodstream.

Music to try: Check out these examples of classical relaxation music and see how relaxing they can be.

*             “Canon in D” by Pachelbel

*              “Adagio in G Minor for Strings” by Albinoni

*             “Winter” from “The Four Seasons” by A Vivaldi

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