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What are the therapeutic benefits of music?

Music is a wonderful therapeutic tool to help you get through difficult times. Music has been shown to stimulate brainwaves (they change to resonate with the beat), which changes mood and even behavioral responses, depending on the type of music you're listening to.  For example, music with a fast, upbeat tempo can improve concentration and alertness, while music with a slower tempo produces calmness and a meditative state. Plus, the benefits continue long after the music stops.  When your brainwaves shift, other neat things start happening in your body. For example, your muscles relax, you become more alert, and your breathing and heart rate alters.    

Music is also known to inspire people to work.  A gym class is the perfect example of how music is used to motivate and relax.  In most classes you'll hear upbeat and fast tempo music playing during cardio or aerobic activities because it revs the class up and inspires them to work to the beat. Conversely, at the end of class there is usually a cool down period, where you will hear slower, low tempo music playing.  This helps the class relax and get the heart back at a resting rate. 

There are a lot of benefits to listening to music.  Here are just a few:

  • Reduces stress
  • Eases anxiety
  • Decreases depression
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Increase concentration
  • Boosts immune system
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Elevates mood
  • Alleviates pain
  • Helps express feelings

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