The music therapy has become one of the most sought alternative therapies in recent years. Music, which has always stood out for having excellent benefits , is now also used as a measure to stimulate development, learning or to enhance different sensitive or psychological elements.
What is and what uses does Music Therapy have?
It is nothing more than using music or some of its parts for a specific purpose, be it to learn, develop or, also, heal. This does not mean that music is a medicine, but rather that it is an interesting activity that favors the maintenance of correct psychological health, that it is an excellent learning mechanism, and that it helps to improve communication between people. That is to say, it is about taking something that, in principle, belongs to leisure, to integrate it into education and the development of a person .
This therapy rests on two pillars. The first is that it does not pose any harm or risk to the person who puts it into practice, and the other is that the results it can offer are scientifically proven.
At what times is it advisable to use it? Children with learning or social problems are its main beneficiaries . On the one hand, music is nothing more than a language, in which a series of notes are pronounced within a specified time. Therefore, it is an excellent way to improve memory, to break down barriers of shyness, to help autistic children to communicate little by little and thus stimulate their learning and development.
It has also been shown to have excellent results in people with drug addiction problems or with criminals , since they find entertainment here, a way to improve their self-esteem , their discipline and to learn group dynamics.
Likewise, older people will find in this therapy a good remedy for some of their problems, in addition to stimulating their memory, fine-tuning their mobility and allowing them to keep their heads occupied.
From a purely psychological level, people with depression or anxiety have a highly recommended use of this alternative to strengthen their self-esteem and overcome these disorders.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Above we have seen in which areas it is usually used. However, this therapy is very beneficial for all people, although the cases mentioned are exclusively the most recommended or common. Now, one wonders what concrete benefits there is to use music as therapy. These would be some of them:
- Psychological changes are experienced . The person who practices it tends towards the positive and abandons the depressive, marginal or distressing feelings.
- It is a tool for socialization . Very useful for people with social problems, since group dynamics are developed, in addition to learning from the teacher and following his advice. It works as an excellent tool to expand our skills when facing daily problems or situations. Also, classes create community. Spending time a week with other people involves developing certain skills to handle yourself in social settings. Therefore, we can internalize certain resources on how to behave with others through these classes.
- It is one of the best natural remedies against stress or anxiety . It is an activity that requires concentration, but is entertaining and enjoyable to do. In this way, one is able to disconnect for a time from their daily lives and their most common burdens. The brain, the psyche and, in general, the body, rest from the hardships they are subjected to throughout the day.
- It provides us with mechanisms to solve future problems . Music, even if it is fun, presents problems, novelties and unknown spaces. The exercises rhythm , for example, force us to focus more, to think differently and we get carried away. The melodies require concentration and thinking about several things at the same time. Applied to our daily lives, we will put into practice the dynamics and mechanisms that we have learned in class, taking advantage of its benefits.
- Improve self-esteem . Music represents a way of defining our personality. Our hobbies largely determine how we are as people. In this way, learning to play music is an interesting way to get a better vision and understanding of yourself.
- Dynamizer of learning . Especially noticeable in children, since through music they discover another way of developing mechanisms conducive to learning. If homework or school subjects are boring or confusing, the child loses interest in them and is discouraged from learning. Sometimes it is because you do not master these mechanisms and music, being more versatile and entertaining, is an excellent way for you to discover how to learn.
- Regulator of physiological reactions. Listening to pleasant music is a good way to reduce stress and to achieve greater relaxation thanks to its lowering effect on heart rate and blood pressure. It is proven to have a direct effect on people in a coma. It is equally beneficial for pregnant women both for the correct cognitive development of the baby, and to reaffirm the bonds between the mother and her child. Consequently, being in continuous contact with music is an effective restorer of bodily functions.
- Reduces pain in terminal illnesses . This is one of the newest benefits that have recently been discovered. Its ability to create positive feelings and reduce anxiety, gives music the ability to eliminate part of the physical pain and mitigate the anguish felt by severely ill patients.
In short, the variety of applications of Music Therapy make it one of the best alternative therapies that exist today. In addition, it is not only non-invasive, but also significantly alleviates it. It produces physical, psychological and social changes. It is suitable for all types of people and can be practiced at any time. It does not require prior preparation and its benefits are a treasure that remains with us over time, making us better people.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.