What is music therapy?
Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. (AMTA)
How does it work?
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. (AMTA)
Who does Music Therapy help?
Music can be beneficial for anyone. Although it can be used therapeutically for people who have physical, emotional, social, or cognitive deficits, even those who are healthy can use music to relax, reduce stress, improve mood, or to accompany exercise. There are no potentially harmful or toxic effects. Music therapists help their patients achieve a number of goals through music, including improvement of communication, academic strengths, attention span, and motor skills. They may also assist with behavioral therapy and pain management. (Encyclopedia.com 13 November 2020)
Why singing is good for you?
Research has demonstrated that singing:
Strengthens the immune system
Releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel energised and uplifted
Tones abdominal, intercostal muscles, diaphragm, and stimulates circulation
Makes you breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise
Improves aerobic capacity and causes release of muscle tension
Corrects your posture
Helps fighting depression and alleviates anxiety
Betters the quality of your sleep
Are breathing techniques good for your health?
Breathing supplies your body with oxygen, removes excess carbon dioxide (CO2) and other toxins. But the way you breathe — whether fast or slow, shallow or deep - forced or effortless - also sends messages to your body that affect your mood, stress level, blood pressure, immune system, organ function and more. By using Breathing techniques you can directly regulate these functions in your body. (breathing.com)