The healing power of music
From rap and rock to Mozart - any music that is pleasing to your ears has a beneficial effect on your health.
When you hummed a lullaby, trying to calm a naughty baby before going to bed, or were shaping to rhythmic music, you, of course, felt its influence on your mood. And recent studies have recorded impressive health effects from music. What can music do:
Lower blood pressure
If you listen to classical or music in the ethno-Celtic or Indian style for 30 minutes a day and at the same time breathe deeply and measuredly, you can lower your blood pressure by 4 points, if you also reduce salt intake.
When you lie in a darkened, cool room, listening to soft and calm music for 30 minutes a day, the level of the stress hormone cortisol decreases, researchers from the Swedish Medical Institute say. Moreover, measured breathing while listening to music reduces anxiety and anxiety and is as effective as a relaxing massage.
Favorite music can reduce the sensation of pain, especially in people with a low pain threshold. This was proved by American researchers from the University of Utah's Pain Research Center. They lost to 143 volunteers various musical works. During the experiment, participants received a light electroshock through the electrodes at their fingertips. It turned out that the excitement caused by impulses of pain decreased with concentration on listening. According to the researchers, music activates special sensors in the brain that “switch” nerve impulses. As a result, the pain is not felt so much.
To get the maximum benefit and pleasure from music:
Choose your favorite tunes
Studies have shown that any rhythms and styles can have a beneficial effect - from Frank Sinatra to Bach. One caveat: To relieve stress or lower blood pressure, choose music that does not cause disturbing emotions. If this melody reminds you of an ex-husband with whom you tragically parted, exclude it from your music library.
Many people listen to music all day and stop perceiving it; it becomes just a sound background. It’s pointless to talk about any benefit here. Choose your favorite song or two, sit comfortably while sitting or lying down, and immerse yourself in the melody completely.
Choose a reliable system
Listening through headphones or speakers affects your body almost the same way. But headphones are considered the more obvious choice for calming nerves.