Music has been a natural way for to relax and entertain one’s self. Somehow, a romantic music made us fall in love. Music even helped us recover from a broken heart. It is not magic. Music therapy is not a quack doctor concoction, but a scientific approach to healing. Music can indeed help people recover from illness and pain.
The American Music Therapy Association said that Music Therapy is the scientific use of music interventions to achieve particular goals within a therapeutic relationship with a certified professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music Therapy has helped a lot of patients recover from their illness and fatigue. It is not just because the music is relaxing or motivating, but there is something about music that affects our brain and bodies.
Healthy people can also enjoy the benefits of music therapy for stress reduction through active music making.
Let’s look at the example of a group of electricians from Atlanta. They do great work as evidenced by the many clients’ testimonies posted on their company website. Unfortunately, the electricians were feeling stressed all the time due to fatigue and other personal concerns. One of the electricians had a sister who was studying to become a certified music therapist. The sister, as part of her review, applied what she learned to the workmates of her brother.
At first, the electricians thought that it was ridiculous. But after weeks of having the session, they noticed a significant change in their moods and outlook in life. The group continued their music bonding even after the session, and it gave them only positive results.
That is just an example of what music therapy can do. We must remember that only licensed music therapist can professionally perform the treatment. That is to ensure that the set guidelines are performed to the highest degree of professionalism and ethics.
You might be wondering how music therapy works. With the development of modern technology, scientists were able to find qualities of music that stimulate the brain activity in a diverse manner.
Music has the ability to touch our memories and deepest emotions. These feelings evoked by music gives us a clue about a person’s mental processes. Music can penetrate the deepest emotions in one’s mind even without words. That made it helpful to people suffering from developmental disorders, dementia, and acute psychosis.
Music also affects us physically. Did you notice your body busting a move to the beat, even if you are not a great dancer? It is a way of showing that music can connect with us physically. That connection gives us an idea how music could be used for help patients with motor disabilities.
Music therapy is not just about the music and the patient. The music therapist plays a significant role in helping lead the patient to the right music that will be beneficial for him. Music therapists learned special techniques to understand the client’s musical experiences and use it in a therapeutic way.