Music moves the soul. This is why their are so many different kinds of music in the world. Each speak to people in different ways. Music triggers certain memories...think about when a song comes on the radio that was from the first concert you ever saw, or it reminds you of the night you fell in love, or the night you got broken up with, or the song that got you through the breakup. Some people are songwriters and can only express themselves through music. Some have talents they don't even know they had. At Enlightened Solutions we will explore many of the different ways that music speaks to your soul.
What makes Enlightened Solutions different is that we have professional musicians working with the clients. We work with various instruments, sing, write songs, perform, listen and interpret songs and more. Each music therapy session will be different depending on the talents and interests within the group.
Music therapy involves using the power of music in a controlled way. The music therapist is trained to in how to use music effectively. They can use their knowledge to decide on the exact course of treatment that will work best for each client. When they first meet the client the goals of treatment will be established, and this will guide their efforts. The therapy may involve some type of music creation or it could be just listening.
Benefits of Music Therapy
There are a number of purported benefits for this type of therapy including:
- It can help people reduce their stress levels. It encourages the relaxation response.
- It may lower blood pressure and is being used to treat hypertension
- Those individuals who are dealing depression can benefit from a lessening of their symptoms.
- Music may help to protect the heart.
- It can help improve communication abilities for people with autism.
- It can help people deal better with anxiety.
- Music can create a meditative state in the listener. This is because when music has a strong beat brain waves will become stimulated and fall into sync.
- Listening to music with a fast beat can improve concentration levels.
- It can encourage a more optimistic state of mind. The individual will be able to benefit from this increased positivity even after they have stopped listening.
- It can give the body’s immune system a boost. It therefore promotes healing and helps the body ward off illness.
- It can be useful for reducing muscle tension.
- It can help women cope better with the pain of labor.
- Listening to music can help people who are suffering from chronic pain.
- It reduces feelings of loneliness.
- It is a good antidote to boredom.
- Listening to music can even increase spirituality or used as a tool to help people progress along a spiritual path. There are even some people who use music as a means to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
- It can work as an emotional release.
- It can help people overcome an addiction and can be a useful tool in recovery.
Music Therapy and Addiction
Music therapy can be of great value to people who are attempting to overcome an addiction. It is unlikely to be enough alone to help an individual recovery from substance abuse, but it can be a useful supplement to other types of addiction treatment. The benefits of music therapy for people recovering from an addiction include:
- When people first become sober they are likely to experience a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Creating music may help people purge some of their more destructive emotions.
- A common reason why people relapse after a period of sobriety is that they feel unable to manage their stress levels. Listening to or creating music can be a wonderful stress booster.
- Boredom is another relapse trigger for those in early recovery. It is usually easy for people to put on some music and this can relieve their sense of boredom.
- When people first become sober they can experience a bit of loneliness due to breaking away from their network of drinking or drug using friends. Music is good for helping people feel a bit less alone in the world.
- Music therapy can be all about enjoyment and an learning how to enjoy music without the use of drugs is an important part of long-lasting recovery for many addicts.
- Meditation can be a highly beneficial tool for people in recovery. Music can be a good introduction into meditating for those who do not yet have the patience for a more formal practice.
- When people first become sober they can struggle with mental fuzziness. Music may help to improve their concentration levels.
- If people are dealing with symptoms of depression they may find that listening to music can help with this.