Good for the Heart and Soul

From the University of Maryland.

Listening to your favourite music may be good for your health. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have shown that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood-vessel function.
When subjects chose and listened to music that made them feel good, blood vessles dilated and blood flow increased. With stressful music, blood vessles narrowed and blood flow slowed.
The team had previously shown laughter was good for health, and wondered if emotions "such as those evoked by music have a similar effect," says lead investigator Dr. Michael Miller.
Results were presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association.
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Good point Sue.
Thank you for sharing this information with us.
This is a very interesting study.

Personally I find that listening to beautiful music can almost put me into a state of meditation, whereas unpleasant music actually makes me very irritable, and gives me a headache.



So meet me for coffee when I listen to pleasant music, and I will give you a hug Hug, however, when I have to listen to irritating noises, watch out Kick
Thanks Inda.
I will be very careful when to have coffee with you Yum


Because of the healing properties of music, a kind of health care method called music therapy is now growing in popularity. Music therapy is now being used in some hospitals to calm down patients, to speed up healing and to alleviate pain. It is also used to treat people suffering from clinical depression or anxiety, as well as children afflicted with attention deficiency disorder.


Because of the healing properties of music, a kind of health care method called music therapy is now growing in popularity. Music therapy is now being used in some hospitals to calm down patients, to speed up healing and to alleviate pain. It is also used to treat people suffering from clinical depression or anxiety, as well as children afflicted with attention deficiency disorder.


I found much more on the following website.

http://www.beautyden.com/healingmusic.shtml
Breathing and Heart Rate: With alterations in brainwaves comes changes in other bodily functions. Those governed by the autonomic nervous system, such as breathing and heart rate can also be altered by the changes music can bring. This can mean slower breathing, slower heart rate, and an activation of the relaxation response, among other things. This is why music and music therapy can help counteract or prevent the damaging effects of chronic stress, greatly promoting not only relaxation, but health.

There is more

http://stress.about.com/od/ten.../a/music_therapy.htm
Thank you for this very informative post.



I listen to soothing music after a very stressful day. It helps me to unwind exremely well. I can actually get absorbed right into the music, and forget about all the stresses that all of us must face daily.

On the other hand, when I walk down the road and hear irritating, loud sounds escaping from an open car window it actually gives me a real headache.

Nice music is medicine for the body and the soul. Violin

Love,
yoko
Take a music bath once or twice a week
for a few seasons, and you will find
that it is to the soul what the water bath
is to the body.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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It is probably just as good for the body,
and I am sure that it will keep your blood pressure right where it shoul be: 120/80

Thank you for the post Sue.

Aside from coming to Givnology my other joy is listening to beautiful music. I can totally immerse myself into it and forget all my problems.

On the other hand, music that I do not like really upsets me. It would be interesting to see what it does to my blood pressure.

Sincerely,
Gisele
I read that in some cardiovascular units, they play music that is very soothing and quiet. On a subconscious level, it produces a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate.

Music may certainly have a big effect on ones wellbeing, providing that you listen to what you enjoy, and not what irritates you. Violin Beethoven



From Wikkipedia

History

Music has been used as a healing implement for centuries.[3] Apollo is the ancient Greek god of music and of medicine. Aesculapius was said to cure diseases of the mind by using song and music, and music therapy was used in Egyptian temples. Plato said that music affected the emotions and could influence the character of an individual. Aristotle taught that music affects the soul and described music as a force that purified the emotions. Aulus Cornelius Celsus advocated the sound of cymbals and running water for the treatment of mental disorders. Music therapy was practiced in biblical times, when David played the harp to rid King Saul of a bad spirit.[4] As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates played music for mental patients. In the thirteenth century, Arab hospitals contained music-rooms for the benefit of the patients.[5] In the United States, Native American medicine men often employed chants and dances as a method of healing patients.[6] The Turco-Persian psychologist and music theorist al-Farabi (872–950), known as Alpharabius in Europe, dealt with music therapy in his treatise Meanings of the Intellect, in which he discussed the therapeutic effects of music on the soul.[7] Robert Burton wrote in the 17th century in his classic work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, that music and dance were critical in treating mental illness, especially melancholia.[8][9][10] Music therapy as we know it began in the aftermath of World Wars I and II, when, particularly in the United Kingdom, musicians would travel to hospitals and play music for soldiers suffering from war-related emotional and physical trauma.[11]

Here are some benefits to listening to music:

Makes you feel happier, lowers stress levels, lets you sleep better, reduces depression, increases learning memory, reduces pain, helps Altzheimers patients to remember things, increases recovery in stroke patients, raises academic performance, keeps brains healthy in old age.

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