Creativity heals the physical body while stimulating, calming, and transporting the mind to a sublime place where holistic healing can occur.
The process of making or listening to music is a wonderfully creative experience that heightens awareness and brings us joy and an undeniable connection to our spirit. Music and sound healing also help bridge differences and connect people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences through shared experiences, and thus healing communities through creative expression. Music and sound healing can help:
- heal emotional injuries,
- develop a capacity for self-reflection,
- reduce symptoms of disease, and
- alter behaviors and thinking patterns.
When the brain hears soothing music, or an individual engages in creative work, the parasympathetic nervous system is aroused. As part of the creative process, music can:
- Decrease anxiety and stress
- Increase release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters
- Decrease pain
- Calm brain activity
- Improve immune function to prevent illness and disease
- Restore emotional balance
- Provide a sense of peace and relaxation
- Increase a sense of hope and optimism, psychological well-being, and motivation
- Increase compassion toward ourselves and others
- Alter perception of time
- Improve energy levels, coping skills, and communication
- Enhance self-understanding and insight
Music is a powerful tool that has been linked to healing throughout history, as it has the power to heal the body, mind, and spirit.
Music and sound healing are safe, inexpensive, easy-to-use, and nonthreatening modalities that support a healing environment, and they can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities.
These music modalities can be used for healing:
- Singing helps individuals with speech impairments improve their articulation, rhythm, and breath control.
- Playing instruments improves gross and fine motor coordination. Drumming is good for stress reduction.
- Rhythmic movement facilitates and improves an individual’s range of motion, joint mobility, agility, strength, balance, coordination, gait consistency, respiration patterns, and muscular relaxation.
- Improvising offers a creative, nonverbal means of expressing feelings.
- Composing facilitates the sharing of feelings, ideas, and experiences.
- Listening is used for many therapeutic applications, including the development of cognitive skills, such as attention and memory.