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1.Albert Einstein is recognized as one of the smartest men who has ever lived. A little known fact about Einstein is that when he was young he did extremely poor in school. His grade school teachers told his parents to take him out of school because he was "too stupid to learn" and it would be a waste of resources for the school to invest time and energy in his education. The school suggested that his parents get Albert an easy, manual labor job as soon as they could. His mother did not think that Albert was "stupid". Instead of following the school's advice, Albert's parents bought him a violin. Albert became good at the violin. Music was the key that helped Albert Einstein become one of the smartest men who has ever lived. Einstein himself says that the reason he was so smart is because he played the violin. He loved the music of Mozart and Bach the most. A friend of Einstein, G.J. Withrow, said that the way Einstein figured out his problems and equations was by improvising on the violin.
2. MUSIC THERAPY:
Music therapy has been practiced for decades as a way to treat neurological conditions from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's to anxiety and depression. Now, advances in neuroscience and brain imaging are revealing what's actually happening in the brain as patients listen to music or play instruments and why the therapy works. "It's been substantiated only in the last year or two that music therapy can help restore the loss of expressive language in patients with aphasia" following brain injury from stroke, says Oliver Sacks, the noted neurologist and professor at Columbia University, who explored the link between music and the brain in his recent book Musicophilia. Beyond improving movement and speech, he says, music can trigger the release of mood-altering brain chemicals and once-lost memories and emotions.
Indigoenergy: Which very well may be why it led me to heal my mind and body from addiction, and led me to spirituality.
3. MUSIC AND OTHER CREATURES:
Tests on the effects of music on living organisms besides humans have shown that special pieces of music (including The Blue Danube) aid hens in laying more eggs. Music can also help cows to yield more milk. Researchers from Canada and the former Soviet Union found that wheat will grow faster when exposed to special ultrasonic and musical sounds. Rats were tested by psychologists to see how they would react to Bach's music and rock music. The rats were placed into two different boxes. Rock music was played in one of the boxes while Bach's music was played in the other box. The rats could choose to switch boxes through a tunnel that connected both boxes. Almost all of the rats chose to go into the box with the Bach music even after the type of music was switched from one box to the other.
Indigoenergy: This prooves to me that these animals want a sence of peace, so peace can be optained through music, and if you need an energy boost, rock music would be fine. Its knowing when you need what kind of music on, and some people think you can just play anything and be fine. To me that is not really being in tune with your needs. Alot of times people have to have music playing because they fear silence and their not being comfortable in their own body.
Research took a new avenue when in 1968 a college student, Dorthy Retallack, started researching the effects of music on plants. She took her focus off of studying the beat and put in on studying the different sounds of music. Retallack tested the effects of music on plant growth by using music styles including classical, jazz, pop, rock, acid rock, East Indian, and country. She found that the plants grew well for almost every type of music except rock and acid rock. Jazz, classical, and Ravi Shankar turned out to be the most helpful to the plants. However, the plants tested with the rock music withered and died. The acid rock music also had negative effects on the plant growth.
4. This article examines drumming activities as complementary addiction treatments and discusses their reported effects. METHODS: I observed drumming circles for substance abuse (as a participant), interviewed counselors and Internet mailing list participants, initiated a pilot program, and reviewed literature on the effects of drumming. RESULTS: Research reviews indicate that drumming enhances recovery through inducing relaxation and enhancing theta-wave production and brain-wave synchronization. Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, enhanced awareness of preconscious dynamics, release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self. Drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation, and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others. Drumming provides a secular approach to accessing a higher power and applying spiritual perspectives. CONCLUSIONS: Drumming circles have applications as complementary addiction therapy, particularly for repeated relapse and when other counseling modalities have failed.
5. Music Therapy — How it works & when to use it (healthandhealingny.org)
Different Theories On How It Works
Vibration is key to music’s healing abilities. Everything that is matter vibrates with its own unique vibratory pattern. When illness occurs, that pattern is interfered with. Sound has the ability to restore this harmonic balance through a process called entrainment. According to Jonathan Goldman, author of Healing Sounds, more powerful vibrations from one source can override less powerful ones so they re-align in step. A good example of this would be the healing work that has been done by Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Medical Director of Cornell Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He has utilized several modalities in support groups and treatment including Tibetan singing bowls, whose tone has been known to induce profound relaxation.
Understanding why music, and Mozart’s in particular, are therapeutic, requires an understanding of how vibration affects matter. According to the work of Swiss engineer and doctor Hans Jenny, vibrations cause forms and shapes to be created in physical matter, which can be altered just by changing pitch, tone and the vibrating material. When it comes to the sensitive structures of the human body, vibrations from the surrounding space and the patterns and energy fields they create, interact and alter our systems, having an effect on blood pressure, temperature, breath, pulse, body rhythms and even tension. The rhythms of music affect the rhythms of the autonomic nervous system. Tomatis believed that Mozart’s music, above all others, excelled at bringing harmony to our bodies and minds.
All cranial nerves lead to the ear, which means sound has a direct effect on the brain. Soothing tones have been shown to induce serenity and affect breathing and other body functions. From this basis Tomatis has theorized that religious chants actually “charge” the cerebral cortex. Neuroscientists suspect that music strengthens and builds connections among nerve cells in the cerebral cortex. Mozart’s music is believed to “organize” the brain, supporting creative processes between the hemispheres that have to do with space-time reasoning, and facilitating higher brain functions.
And when it comes to the relaxation implications of Music Therapy, Herbert Benson, M.D., mind-body specialist and author, has studied the effects of repetition of a single tone, such as the mantra used in meditation. He has found evidence of measurable changes in the use of energy, respiration, metabolism and heart rate, and an increase in alpha waves which are a part of any relaxed state.
Conditions It Works Best For
The use of music therapy for a wide variety of conditions by music therapists, nurses, psychologists, and other health professionals has been well studied. Music has proven effective in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation in a variety of circumstances, from premature infants to coronary care patients to those undergoing stressful medical procedures. The use of music in the management of pain has also been well studied and overall has been shown to be effective in reducing post-operative pain, pain associated with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, and pain during medical procedures and labor. Music has also been helpful in improving performance outcomes in diverse areas such as exercise, cognitive functioning in patients with dementia, and in children and adults with aggressive or agitated behavior.
Specific physiologic findings include reduction of heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and respiratory rate; reduction in length of time nausea was experienced and length of severity of vomiting in chemotherapy; and reduction in cortisol levels, which are chemical markers for the stress response.