Beautiful Sounds to Soothe the Soul

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Posted: 9/6/2019 11:11 AM by Interim HealthCare
Are you stressed? Well try some music therapy. Music touches all aspects of the mind, body, and behavior.  Music can provide a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, it can alter our mood, which in turn can influence behaviors. Music therapy is used for multiple issues, from stress relief to mental health, emotional and behavioral issues. It can help with depression, anxiety and can even help with memory diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Music therapy can be used for people of all ages, and it doesn’t matter if the person is ill or totally healthy. Although many individuals use music as their own individual therapy, your physician may recommend a Professional.   

Music therapy sessions are tailored to the individual by a Music Therapist based on multiple factors. Some factors include a client’s physical health, communication ability, cognitive skills, emotional well-being, and personal interests.  The Music Therapist will customize their therapy approach for a client or group. 
 
Two different therapy types music therapists can use are called creative or receptive processes.  In the creative process, the music therapist works with the client to create the music.  This may include song creation, drumming to a beat, strumming a guitar or creating a song thru writing music and singing the newly created song.  In the receptive process, the therapist offers music listening sessions.  The therapist would use a song or music to facilitate relaxation for the client or group, then discuss feelings, thoughts, and ideas brought on by the music.  

Below is a YouTube video demonstrating the power of music from Music and Memory.org:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyZQf0p73QM

For more on how music and memory help elderly residents and facility patients please visit https://www.MusicandMemory.org

If you are interested in learning more or to find a qualified Music Therapist please visit the American Music Therapy Association, their website is  https://www.musictherapy.org

 

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