For some, music is a hobby; for others, music is a cure. Music has always been more than just a nice pastime. Whether strengthening brain capacity, building social skills or creating happiness hormones – music is a real all-rounder. It should therefore not come as a surprise that it is used as a therapeutic panacea by numerous experts today.
Music actually has a direct influence on some bodily functions. It not only has an effect on our heartbeat, blood pressure and respiratory rate, it can also regulate hormonal balance. For example, fast and aggressive sounds release adrenaline, whereas gentle and calm sounds promote the release of noradrenaline. This can also reduce stress hormones and increase pain-relieving beta-endorphins in the body. For this reason, music can actually reduce pain, which is why it is used in medicine today, e.g. in psychiatry and pain management. In stroke patients and geriatrics, its ability to form new nerve circuits makes it an absolute winner.
Access to our Inner Being
Music not only has a great influence on our body, it also has a direct connection to deep-seated emotions within us. Not only can it convey these emotions, it also serves as a mouthpiece for non-verbal communication, especially for people who cannot access their feelings due to trauma e.g. autistic children or dementia patients. Many have already been helped by music therapy and have been able to communicate their thoughts.
Emotion and Passion
Music repeatedly demonstrates its power in more ways than just as a means of communication. For example, a heart-warming aria performed in the opera moves the audience to tears. A super exciting film scene accompanied by creepy sounds makes the viewer tremble and hold a blanket before their face. A well-known song at a party gets everyone up on the dance floor. Music brings joy, imparts joie de vivre and thus has a decisive influence on all our lives. As Confucius once said: “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”