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Saturday, January 9, 2016

How Music Soothes the Soul...

              photo:by Tracy Dawn; Models:https://www.instagram.com/roophoria/and Ken Ellis

                                         How does music soothe our soul?

Have you ever been sad or in a bad mood and turned on your favorite music and became instantly uplifted? 

If you have, you are like millions of other people who utilize the wonderful sound of music to alter their mood. Unbeknownst to most, music taps into the parts of our brain that deal with emotion and mood.  The meter, pitch, timbre, and rhythm are all managed in these areas (hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and the parietal lobe).  Because listening to music engages the whole brain, it stimulates cognitive performance. (It's no wonder Plato named music as one of four advanced subjects for general study; along with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy.)  

 When you are feeling sad or anxious try turning on upbeat music. Music is considered a natural antidepressant and can make your "blues" diminish. It gives the same type of euphoric high that antidepressant medication can give you. Its soothing tunes releases a hormone called SEROTONIN.  *If you aren't familiar with serotonin it is a neurotransmitter that gives you a sense of well- being.*

 Let's not forget about how it flushes our system with the neurotransmitter called *DOPAMINE. Not only will dopamine make you feel good, but it helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards but to take ACTION to move toward them.  ( I am a dopamine seeker and also love listening to music - it's a win-win for me! )

  Music has many benefits which include reducing stress and changing a  negative perception. It has lasting effects even after you have listened to it by modifying your brain waves.  Does it sound like magic? No, It's music!

        * Just remember to listen to happy, uplifting, and serene music. * Just like happy music will make you happy, sad music will make you.... SAD!  *
So how does music soothe your soul? Through our brains! Yes, your brain is amazing- So Take care of it.

Tracy Dawn

1.) Music is also used in therapies for depression and anxiety.

2.) Therapeutic Listening: Therapeutic listening is a treatment technique that uses sound stimulation within treatment to improve the vestibular-cochlear system and thus make an impact on the nervous system. Patients listen to specifically altered music using headphones while engaging in sensory-motor activities.

3.)  Can Help those with a Vestibular Dysfunction.

4.) Helps those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia's.

This is just a small list. :)

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