Anxiety and Sound Therapy
We all have been at a stage of fear, the constant worry that surrounds, occasional panic attacks and the feeling of dread. We all can relate to having faced these in one time or the other in our lives. Anxiety disorders has been one of the most common mental health challenges that children or young adults face throughout. Being anxious in everyday life is good to some extent but living with constant feeling of fear degrades one’s ability to participate in daily life. The abnormalities that body shows and the awkwardness in behaviors not only affect an individual from thriving but also disturbs the environment around. Causes of anxiety disorders may be due to genetic predispositions, personality traits, stressful events or even health problems and abuses, millennials being the most to be affected with. As there has been various cures and medications for reducing this feeling, one natural way of minimizing the unpleasantness has been through music and sound.
Jenni Rook, a music therapists describes music as a magical mysterious force that impacts brains, bodies and emotions. Music, as it brings people together, so does it to our body, soul and consciousness. Interestingly, behind the mystical healing powers of music, there are several scientific reasons on how it impacts our brain. The components of music as we know, pitch, frequency, dynamics, tempo, all these when combine triggers our behavior and physiology improving our creativity and potential and changing the way we behave and express. .
With an entire generation becoming an epidemic of inevitable stress and anxiety, researchers in Mindlab International from UK, eager in searching for music that induces a state of relaxation if not reduces anxiety, found about a song ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union. The song particularly was designed to induce highly relaxed state for the listeners. The background of the music involves musicians and sound therapists engaging and arranging harmonies, rhythms, bass lines and frequencies. The result that followed was astonishing. The song had a staggering 65% reduction in listner’s overall anxiety and 35% reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
Lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson even advised not to listen this music while driving as it led to drowsiness among few female participants.
Music being a natural therapy for stress relief, it is often used during different procedures viz surgery, chemotherapy, mammograms and even while immunization or syringing among children. It’s no surprise that music helps in our everyday life. From working out to sleeping soundly, different genres play a pivotal role. Having to affect physiological factors like heart rates and hormone levels, music therapy also modulates nervous system and triggers psychological aspects.
Having said all, music therapy itself sounds very becharming to be experienced by one. Next time when you are in stress or want to enhance your mood or just lower your blood pressure, trying out the ‘Weightless – Marconi Union’ might just worth a try.