Music for Health - Good music is the key for ones mental and physical health. Whenever person is depressed or feeling low it is advisable to listen the music. Music has recharging powers. There are many types of music and many people have different chooses and tests.
Almost every one of us find ourselves listening to particular strains that are in tune with our emotions at the moment. Music holds different meanings to different people. If it energies some, it calms others, while it can sharpen mental powers, it can also put a person in a meditative mode. Some people have explored this relationship in depth and come upon the therapeutic value of music to the mind.
In scientific lingo, the brain responds to the relaxing powers of music by moving from the beta state to alpha, then the theta state and finally to the delta state. These are the electrical activities of the brain that explain patterns like thinking, sleeping or relaxing. When the mind is tense, it's in beta activity. With music, the brain relaxes, sometimes to the delta state that is the highest level of relaxation. If the brain can stay in the relaxed state for longer periods, healing is much faster.
We use our left brain for educational, analytical thinking and the right brain is where we hear the music that helps us to relax. As music stimulates this side, the body feels relaxed and rejuvenated and if it manages to stimulate the left brain too, then it has worked completely. The use of music to restore and maintain emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual health is known as Music Therapy.
You can sing, play instruments or just move to music. It doesn't matter what, it will help you anyhow. So strong is it healing powers that it has been advocated for those with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other age-related conditions, brain injuries, physical disabilities and acute and chronic pain, as well as for mothers in labour.
There are several theories as to how music therapy works. One such is the release of happiness molecules or endorphins when a person is exposed to music, leading to a decrease in stress and depression levels. Others suggest that it help the individual to focus on tasks at hand. I feel it can have an adjunctive role to play in psychiatric and psychological problems when used with other forms of treatment.
The seven notes (saat sur) are a complete therapy in itself. It's how we use these to heal is what's important. Ragas are based on these seven notes are composed in various forms. Sama Veda - 4000-year-old Vedic science of music explains the effect of ragas on inner atmosphere of human consciousness. Ragas are said to work on various ailments. But more research is being done to prove its effectiveness. Given below is the list of Indian Classical Music Ragas that can help in verious problems or disorders.
A very powerful influence on the human
mind comes from the Vedic word
Om, supposedly the sound of the divine. The
chanting of this lone syllable is said to help control pulse and blood pressure, relieve
stress, alter neurological states, controls the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, endocrine
and the nervous system. If
Om chanted in the Sahasrara Chakra (crown chakra),
the problem of fits can be improved.
While music therapy might not completely cure a condition, it does help physically and mentally handicapped people and patients of depression, mainly because it provides a mode of self-expression. There are claims that it cures many ordinary ailments too, but this has not been proved definitely. But it helps a person to develop better coping skills, enhance his self-esteem and give him a sense of achievement and a mode of communication.