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 The Role of Music and Sound in Therapy... and in Healing from Cancer or any other Health Problem.


I would like to take this opportunity to say that music should not take the place of seeking medical care. There are no claims music therapy can cure cancer or other diseases, but medical experts do believe it can reduce some symptoms, aid healing, improve physical movement, and enrich a patient's quality of life.

Similar to Dance Movement Therapy, Music Therapy has been used successfully with Cancer Patients, those less able to communicate in traditional forms, such as emotionally disturbed children, and those with autism and learning difficulties as well as those with physical, emotional or mental disabilities.

When used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments, music therapy has been found to help patients promote a better quality of life; better communicate their fear, sadness, or other feelings; and better manage stress, while alleviating physical pain and discomfort. Music and Music Therapy can help people with cancer to address symptoms which can accompany conventional cancer treatment, e.g.: nausea, anxiety, fatigue, depression, etc.

          


Music can alleviate pain


Music has been found to be quite efficacious in alleviating the pain of a host of illnesses ranging from asthma, tuberculosis, cancer, headaches, hypertension, heart disease, brain damage, depression, anxiety, and hysteria. Some behavioural psychologists have even reported how the mentally disturbed have spent quiet nights, without sleeping pills, under the influence of recorded music.

 Music can be soothing to the senses, invigorating listeners with a notion of the good, filling them with the purposes of the noble and the sacred. It can, in so doing, help create an atmosphere that is conducive to philosophical reflection too. Ultimately, it can serve as a path into the spirit by healing and calming the outer surface of the personality. It can also propel you into the discovery of your self. In so doing, it can act towards a gentle but, nonetheless, complete reorganisation of the self.


 Music can soothe anxiety


Music Therapy is also used to sooth anxiety, chronic pain, speed healing and recovery, and is purported to affect breathing, heart rate, and help release endorphins, and to assist the body with fighting pain naturally. Music therapists treat adults who have Parkinson's

Even people with profound handicaps can benefit from music's healing affects. There is not a single area in medicine or in hospitals that could not benefit from having well selected music incorporated in some specific well-thought-out way.

       

There are literally hundreds of studies documenting the effectiveness of music with surgery, pain management, childbirth, oncology, chemotherapy and radiation Physicians and medical studies have shown the many varied uses of music and sound for healing purposes as well as wellness.

Applications range from improving the well being of geriatric patients in nursing homes to lowering the stress level and pain of women in labor. From people with Alzheimer,  Parkinson's (Music Therapy for Parkinson disease ) and those who are post stroke, to mothers bonding with their babies. Lullabies have long been popular for soothing babies to sleep. The benefits of using music with patients, who are depressed, anxious, or chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol, are enormous.



Creating Joy and Healing - Music in Medicine and in Hospitals


Music is a magical medium and a powerful healing tool. Music can inspire and delight, soothe and relax, bring comfort and joy. Music subtly bypasses the intellectual part of the brain and connects directly with the subconscious. There is much proof of music's positive effects on health and immunity, how music is processed in the brain, the interplay between language and music, and the relationship between our emotions and music. 

Until recently, Western medicine overlooked music therapy as a legitimate remedial technique. However, in recent years, more and more hospitals are embracing the therapy due to its effectiveness in helping the sick and disabled. For many, music is intrinsically soothing and uplifting. It can release endorphins, reduce stress, inspire ideas, motivates change and rallying hope. 

There are many applications of Music therapy in our everyday lives and the fields of treatment are very broad, encompassing psychotherapeutic, educational, instructional, behavioral, pastoral, supervisory, healing, recreational, activity, and interrelated arts applications.


                   


Music Therapy


Music therapy can be beneficial for a person of any age group. 

Music therapy is a technique of complementary medicine that uses music prescribed in a skilled manner by trained therapists. Programmes are designed to help patients overcome physical, emotional, intellectual, and social challenges.

Music and Music therapy helps to overcome or ease many psychiatric problems and medical problems. It also gives a psychological support to the patient. It improves the health and minimizes the poor health condition. Music’s relaxing properties enable patients to get well faster by allowing them to accept their condition and treatment without excessive anxiety.

It also decreases all the problems that come generally with the growing age. It also used to magnify the learning habits. It pushes the body toward the healthier direction so that the immunity of body increases. And the result is the less attack of the harmful disease. This provides a psychological support to a patient.

       

The music therapist sets goals on an individual basis, depending on the reasons for treatment. The therapist selects then specific activities and exercises to help the patient progress. Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.

Music can be beneficial to anyone. Although it can be used therapeutically for people who have physical, emotional, social, or cognitive deficits, even those who are healthy can use music to relax, reduce stress, improve mood, or to accompany exercise. There are no potentially harmful or toxic effects. Music therapists help their patients achieve a number of goals through music, including improvement of communication, academic strengths, attention span, and motor skills. They may also assist with behavioral therapy and pain management.



Music Therapy is used in many settings.


Music therapy is used in many settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, hospice, nursing homes, community centers, and sometimes even in the home. Music therapy is a common modality that is used in some hospital settings as part of complementary and integrative medicine programmes. It is also a key therapeutic tool used within most integrative medicine programmes at large cancer centers in Europe and the United States.

In a hospital, the ideal is to use personalized music, offered to patients as well as those in the waiting areas through, perhaps through clean headphones, much like those that are offered on international flights. There could be either a tape or CD library available or audio equipment embedded in the seats to plug into for a choice of music selections. Music does what nothing else can do.


Music is one of the few activities that involve using the whole brain.


It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development. Classical, meditative, harp and chanting music can actually strengthen a person’s immune system.

As a universal curative, music has the power to affect the human organism at the deepest levels; it can heal the cause underlying the disease, rather than merely suppressing the visible symptoms, as is often the case with most forms of modern medical treatment. Interestingly, even in our age of high-technology miracles, this gift of antiquity can more than hold its own fort.

         

Music is one of the few activities that involve using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development. Classical, meditative, harp and chanting music can actually strengthen a person’s immune system.

As a universal curative, music has the power to affect the human organism at the deepest levels; it can heal the cause underlying the disease, rather than merely suppressing the visible symptoms, as is often the case with most forms of modern medical treatment. Interestingly, even in our age of high-technology miracles, this gift of antiquity can more than hold its own fort.



 
Our life can be thought of as a beautiful symphony orchestra.

We are made up of many facets that can be thought of as instruments. When we are in a state of health or wellness, it is as though all the instruments are in tune with each other. They can create the most beautiful music, which moves us to experience the heavenly realms of health and wellness.

If only one instrument in an orchestra is slightly out of tune or if the percussionist is slightly off the beat, the music looses some of its magic and power. When we become ill, some part of our being goes out of tune or off the beat almost as though we have lost our sheet music and don't know the notes or where the downbeat is in the music.

If the instrument is badly out of tune or the rhythm stays offbeat, the musical experience can be quite unpleasant. Jonathan Goldman takes this analogy one step further. He says, "Traditional allopathic medicine currently has several approaches to the problem of illness or being out of harmony. Metaphorically speaking, one solution is to drug the violinist, sometimes to death, in hopes of getting this person to stop playing.

Another more frequently utilized solution is to cut out the offending organ as occurs in surgery. But what if it was possible to give the frustrated musician back their sheet music and let the whole orchestra return to normal? Analogously, what if it were possible somehow to project the proper resonant frequency back into the organ that was vibrating out of tune, harmony or rhythm."

        


Hearing Music through the Ear


Music enters into the body through the ear, and the bones of the body act like a tuning fork. The neurological fields of the body are then stimulated by music. Music is a means by which all people can feel these healing vibrations. 

A person does not hear sound only through the ears; he hears sound through every pore of his body. Sound creates certain vibrations which are picked up and amplified by the human ear.

Sound waves travel through the air into the ears and buzz the eardrums and bones in the middle ears. These waves are then picked up by the sensory nerve going into the middle of the brain and redistributed throughout the neuron network to other parts of the brain to distinguish the pitch, tone, and frequency of that sound.

       

To decode the vibration, your brain transforms that mechanical energy into electrical energy, sending the signal to its cerebral cortex - a hub for thought, perception and memory. Within that control tower, the auditory cortex forwards the message on to brain centers that direct emotion, arousal, anxiety, pleasure and creativity. And there’s another stop upstairs: that electrical cue hits the hypothalamus which controls heart rate and respiration, plus your stomach and skin nerves, explaining why a melody may give you butterflies or goose bumps. Of course, all this communication happens far faster than a single drumbeat.

       

Before jetting through the blood stream, the signals are converted again - to hormones. Each sound not only registers in the primary and secondary auditory sections, but is also stored up as a part of memory.

These waves are then picked up by the sensory nerve going into the middle of the brain and redistributed throughout the neuron network to other parts of the brain to distinguish the pitch, tone, and frequency of that sound. Every sound that goes into the brain will be carried through a series of electrochemical impulses through different pathways of the brain. Each sound not only registers in the primary and secondary auditory sections, but is also stored up as a part of memory. 

It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either wakens or soothes the nervous system.

       

In as much as all matter is vibrating, our bodies are a series of overlapping rhythmic patterns: heartbeat, pulse(s), brainwave activity, electrical currents from our muscles, etc. When we speak, the variations of pitch, tone, volume and rhythm, are responsible for 38% of our communication. The remainder of human communication is 55% non-verbal, and 7% actual verbal language. In actuality, we use sound and music as part of our ongoing human experience and communication network, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.

Sound is an extremely powerful tool for healing, personal growth, and spiritual transformation.


        

Music Therapy and Medicine


Allopathic medical hospitals all over the world are test-researching the use of sound within the hospital environment and operating rooms to soothe the patient, and / or surgical staff performing the procedure.  Music is being used to minimize pain, reduce complications of surgical procedures for patients, and to promote relaxation and the subsequent lowered blood pressure, heart, and respiratory rate of both doctors and patients.


The goal of music therapy is reduction of psycho-physiologic stress, pain, anxiety or isolation.


It assists people to achieve a state of deep relaxation, develop self-awareness and creativity, improve learning, clarify personal values, and cope with a wide variety of psycho-physiologic dysfunctions."

Scientific studies have shown that music therapy helps to relieve pain and reduce stress and anxiety for the patient, resulting in physiological changes, including:

  • Improved respiration
  • Improved cardiac output
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Relaxed muscle tension

Music therapy has been shown to have a significant effect on a patient's perceived effectiveness of treatment, reports of pain reduction, relaxation, slowed respiration rate, lessened anxiety levels, and an overall increased sense of well-being.

Music therapy has been shown to be an efficacious and valid treatment option for medical patients with a variety of diagnoses. Research results and clinical experiences attest to the viability of music therapy even in those patients resistant to other treatment approaches.

 

Through a planned and systematic use of music and music activities, music therapists provide opportunities for:


  • Anxiety and stress reduction Non-pharmacological management of pain and discomfort 
 (Calming music,  such as classical music was found to have a very calming effect on the body, and cause the increase of endorphins, thirty minutes of such music was equal to the effect of a dose of Valium.)
  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states 

  • Active and positive patient participation in treatment 

  • Decreased length of stay
  • In addition, music therapy may allow for: 
 Emotional intimacy with families and caregivers 

  • Relaxation for the entire family 

  • Meaningful time spent together in a positive, creative way
  • Expressing feelings
  • Enhancing memory
  • Improving communication
  • Promoting physical rehabilitation
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The powers of music when focused and used therapeutically are many.


A few years ago I have worked as a nurse in different hospitals and have experienced firsthand the healing affect of music on patients (and medical staff). Soothing classical music, harp music and chants, flute music and Indian music increased the healing in patients and helped them to overcome their illness. 

I was amazed to see the reaction of patients, families and staff when music drifted through the hallways or when music was played in the operation theater or intensive care unit. 

The vibrations of stringed instruments in particular are said to mesh with the energy of the heart, small intestine, pericardium, thyroid and adrenal glands.

 

     

There are several theories about how music positively affects perceived pain:

1. Music serves as a distraction


2. Music may give the patient a sense of control.


3. Music causes the body to release endorphins to counteract pain.


4. Slow music relaxes person by slowing their breathing and heartbeat.

  • People who underwent surgery healed more rapidly when healing music was played before, during and after the  surgical procedure. They also needed less anesthesia.

  • Music is Medicine for the Heart. Patients in the intensive care units for cardiology, and individuals with heart problems particular the ones with heart problems and heart attacks responded more quickly to their treatment.

  •  By playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure - and keep it low.

  • Music had an effect on patients with chronic or severe pain. Music therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery

  • Music helped cancer patient to be less anxious and fearful. They had fewer side effects when they listened before, during and after their medical treatment of chemotherapy  and radiation. Music had a strong healing effect throughout my own cancer journey (see below).

  • Music therapy even improves the memory and   communication and motor skills of stroke and        brain-injury victims, speeding their recovery. A daily portion of one's favorite melodies, classical music or jazz can speed recovery from debilitating strokes, according  to the latest research. When stroke patients in Finland listened to music for a couple of hours  each day, verbal memory and attention span improved significantly compared to patients who received no musical stimulation, or who listened only to stories read out loud, the study reports.

  • Grief, depression, loneliness, even anger; are all managed much better when appropriate music is added to therapy.

  • As speech, writing and traditional forms of communication are compromised; music provides an alternative means of maintaining a connection, thereby helping to normalize interaction between caregiver and patient. Music used therapeutically creates an environment where the patient can be nurtured and cared for in a way that is safe, gentle  and appropriate.

  • Music is shown to have the ability to help organize the brain; especially vital to those who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

  • Music is central to maintaining human bonds when those with dementia have lost the ability to initiate communication or to respond verbally.

  • Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder have been found to respond very positively to music and many of them display high levels of musical skill.

  • It has a positive impact on chronic fatigue syndrome, sleeping patterns and supporting recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. It relieves anxiety in the terminally ill and reduces the medication required among the sick.

  • Music has the ability to reduce anxiety in dental clinics, calm patients in mental wards and alleviate perceptions of pain – even among women in labour.

  • Music is recognized as being a key benefactor in the treatment of Depression. It is not just the 'sound of Music' that is beneficial, but that the tempo, style and even the vibration can have great effect on us.
 


The Role of Music and Sound in Healing from Cancer


Music therapy is a common modality that is used in some hospital settings as part of complementary and integrative medicine programmes. It is also a key therapeutic tool used within most integrative medicine programmes at large cancer centers in Europe and the United States. When used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments, music therapy has been found to help patients promote a better quality of life; better communicate their fear, sadness, or other feelings; and better manage stress, while alleviating physical pain and discomfort.

Music therapy cannot cure, treat or prevent any type of disease, including cancer. But some research shows that music therapy can help people with cancer reduce their anxiety. Patients told me that they use classical music to help with the symptoms of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. It alleviates their feelings of loneliness and emotional stresses of being in hospital and or getting diagnosed with cancer.


Music therapy can help people with cancer improve their quality of life.


Sickness (nausea) and being sick
Pain
Anxiety and depression
Blood pressure
Heart and breathing rate
Sleeping problems
 

Music is a great stress reliever for people with cancer.


Listening to slow, quiet classical music is proven to reduce stress. Countless studies have shown that music's relaxing effects can be seen on anyone, including newborns.

One of the great benefits of music as a stress reliever is that it can be used while you do your usual deeds so that it really doesn't take time.

  • Physical relaxation. Music can promote relaxation of tense muscles, enabling you to easily release some of the tension you carry from a stressful day.

  • Aids in stress relief activities. Music can help you get   "into the zone" when practicing yoga, self hypnosis or    guided imagery, can help you feel energized when exercising and recover after exercising, help dissolve the stress when    you're soaking in the tub.

  • Reduces negative emotions. Music, especially upbeat tunes, can take your mind off what stresses you, and help  you feel more optimistic and positive. This helps release  stress and can even help you keep from getting as stressed over life's little frustrations in the future. Researchers discovered that music could decrease the amount of the cortisol, a stress-related hormone produced by the body in response to stress.

A study in 2003 (UK) looked at 69 cancer patients having music therapy. The results showed that it helped people who were having a particular type of stem cell transplant to have fewer mood changes. Stem cell transplants can cause a great deal of distress and anxiety.

The mind/body relationship is particularly important in terms of looking at the immune system to treat cancer. Many doctors now believe that patients who are under less stress, who are in a brighter mood, appear to do better in terms of their anti-cancer therapy. I think that music therapy and imaging and immune therapy of cancer all tie together…

I think it can be helpful in conjunction with biologic therapy for cancer. A study done just relatively recently on cancer patients showed that approximately three quarters of cancer patients that had their usual pain medicines but also had the additional music therapy experienced less pain then previously… Music therapy in helping patients relax could possibly be beneficial in raising the innate immune system which could have therapeutic implications for cancer.

           


Music releases many suppressed emotions cancer patients have and gives them a chance to work through them.


Problems Music Therapy Addresses for Cancer Patients:

  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Anger
  • Fatigue
  • Worry
  • Loneliness
  • Appetite
  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Fear

Chemotherapy

  • Re-develop cognition skills
  • Lessen or alleviate nausea/vomiting
  • Reduce fatigue/infection

Radiation Therapy

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Lessen skin changes (dry, flaky/weepy/blistering)
  • Increase appetite

Immunotherapy

  • Reduce flu-like symptoms
  • Lessen incidents of rash
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Increase ability to breathe easily

Cancer treatments in general

  • Cognition function
  • Lighten mood
  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase appetite so healthy diet can strengthen immune system

 


  • Relaxing music induces sleep

Relaxing with classical music is safe, cheap and easy way to beat insomnia. Many people who suffer from insomnia find that Bach music helps them. Researchers have shown that just 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime can make for a restful night.

Relaxing music reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, decreases anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate and may have positive effects on sleep via muscle relaxation and distraction from thoughts.


  • Music and Childbirth

Research has proven that mothers require less pharmaceutical pain relief during labor if they make use of music. Using music that is familiar and associated with positive imagery is the most helpful. During early labor, this will promote relaxation. Maternal movement is helpful to get the baby into a proper birthing position and dilate the cervix. Enjoying some "music to move by" can encourage the mother to stay active for as long as possible during labor. The rhythmic auditory stimulation may also prompt the body to release endorphins, which are a natural form of pain relief. Many women select different styles of music for each stage of labor, with a more intense, or faster piece feeling like a natural accompaniment to the more difficult parts of labor. Instrumental music is often preferred.


 


 Music in Neonatalogy


Brahms Lullaby op.49,no.4

Even premature babies show amazing improvements when they are exposed to music. (There's more to looking after sick babies than turning up the oxygen or giving feeds.) The sound of Mozart's music and the harp has an incredible soothing effect on the stressed babies in the neonatology unit. These sounds of music help the infants to breath easier, relax and sleep and the relaxing effect rippled over to their parents and nurses in the ward. Research shows that the babies' heart rates drop and blood oxygen saturation increased when they listen to soothing music. They also gain weight more quickly and shortened their hospital stay. 

A project led by a researcher of the University of Western Sydney has found that music therapy can help sick babies in intensive care maintain normal behavioral development, making them less irritable and upset, and less likely to cry.


          


Music and Children


The sensory stimulation and playful nature of music can help to develop a child's ability to express emotion, communicate, and develop rhythmic movement. There is also some evidence to show that speech and language skills can be improved through the stimulation of both hemispheres of the brain. Just as with adults, appropriately selected music can decrease stress, anxiety, and pain. Music therapy in a hospital environment with those who are sick, preparing for surgery, or recovering postoperatively is appropriate and beneficial. Children can also experience improved self-esteem through musical activities that allow them to succeed.


         

Music and Elderly people


Elderly people can be particularly prone to anxiety and depression, particularly in nursing home residents. Chronic diseases causing pain are also not uncommon in this setting. Music is an excellent outlet to provide enjoyment, relaxation, relief from pain, and an opportunity to socialize and reminisce about music that has had special importance to the individual. It can have a striking effect on patients with Alzheimer's disease , even sometimes allowing them to focus and become responsive for a time. Music has also been observed to decrease the agitation that is so common with this disease. One study shows that elderly people who play a musical instrument are more physically and emotionally fit as they age than their non-musical peers are.


  • Music improves memory performance. 

The power of music to affect memory is quite intriguing. Mozart's music and baroque music, with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activates the left and right brain. The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left-brain while the music activates the right brain. Also, activities, which engage both sides of the brain at the same time, such as playing an instrument or singing, cause the brain to be more capable of processing information.
        

Choosing music that motivates you will make it easier to start moving, walking, dancing, or any other type of exercise that you enjoy. Music can make exercise feel more like recreation and less like work. Furthermore, music enhances athletic performance. Anyone who has ever gone on a long run with their iPod or taken a particularly energetic spinning class knows that music can make the time pass more quickly.

The four central hypotheses explaining music's facilitation of exercise performance include:

  • Reduction in the feeling of fatigue
  • Increase in levels of psychological arousal
  • Physiological relaxation response
  • Improvement in motor coordination

        


The Joy of Singing - Singing for Your Health - to Lift Your Spirit


"Out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field, a singing field I'll meet you there" - Rumi


Singing offers many healthful benefits including lowering your heart rate, decreasing your blood pressure and reducing your stress level. Scientific studies have proven these facts! 

Singing with others, you will find yourself in a resonant 'singing field' of inter-connectedness and stillness that is safe and supportive, simple and fun.

        

You will discover how to express yourself from your soul, in ways you never imagined possible. This true voice of yours is the heart song and mouthpiece of self-acceptance, forgiveness, profound healing, conscious and caring relationships. Sharing sound in this way is a home-coming. It enables you to access compassion for yourself, and everyone around you. It breaks down old inner-outer boundaries, and you will meet like-minded people, from diverse backgrounds, share the joy of sound and silence together. 

There are people in the world who make it their vocation to help others seeking vocal training. Even if you don't feel your voice is particularly special, if you have a desire to share the timber and beauty of your own voice with others, there are certainly ways to learn how to be more confident doing that.

 

Chloe Goodchild- The naked voice


      


Singing Opens Your Throat Chakra


The throat Chakra has everything to do with expression and communications. Singing will help you to speak up!

No matter your ability to carry a tune, much can be accomplished merely by singing in the shower at the volume you enjoy with the passion your taste in music reflects. Opening the Throat Chakra creates a relationship of trust between what you want to say and what you actually deliver when communicating.

When you sing your favorite songs, you begin to relax your Throat Chakra. Confidently releasing your voice in the steamy heat of the shower is a rehearsal of your ability to be heard. Easing your Throat Chakra energy into its own comfort zone is a great way to gradually lessen the block on this powerful Chakra.

HUMMING, is a powerful healing technique for the throat Chakra. If you take the time to do it, you will experience incredible changes in your body and mind.


Here is a little daily exercise for you :


It is suggested that humming should be done either at night before going to sleep or during the morning, when it should be followed by at least 15 minutes rest. It can be done alone, with others. It is good done on an empty stomach; otherwise the inner sound cannot go very deep.


Do this exercise for at least 30 minutes.

Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed, lips together. Begin to hum, loudly enough to create a vibration throughout the entire body. It should be loud enough to be heard by others. You can alter pitch and inhale as you please and if the body moves, allow it, providing that the movements are smooth and slow.


Visualize your body as a hollow tube, an empty vessel, filled only with the vibrations of the humming. A point will come where the humming occurs by itself and you become the listener. The brain is activated and every fiber cleansed. It is particularly useful in healing.


Next: Move the hands, palms up, in a circular outward motion. The right hand moves to its right, the left to its left. Make these circles large, moving slowly as possible. At times the hands will appear not to be moving at all. If needed, the rest of the body can move but also slowly and silently. After 7 1/2 minutes, move the hands in the opposite direction; that is, with the palms down, moving in circular directions inwards towards the body. Move the hands for another 7 1/2 minutes. As the hands move outward, feel energy is moving away from the body and as they circle inwards, imagine taking energy in.


        

Music has a way of stirring our innermost feelings and all of our senses, of tapping into parts of ourselves unlike anything else. Music is a universal language that has the ability to speak to us deeply and uniquely.

If you've paid much attention to how you respond to a variety of music, you may have noticed that some music seems to energize you, some music can move you to tears or spark a special memory of a time, place, food, or perhaps a certain person. Some music seems to make you relax, feel less stressed, and feel happier. And some music fills us with deep spiritual attunement.

With music all around us, in our lives at work or home, try to pay more attention to what you hear and what you play. Use music as a tool to balance and manage the mind and body. Music used in the appropriate way can be healing. The key is to use wisdom and listen to what our inner healer tells us about how music makes us feel.  Think of music as a wonderful therapeutic tool that can be very enjoyable. Music has many qualities; learn to use them to your advantage.


 


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