“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato
Listening to some of your favorite songs can promptly rejuvenate you, but did you know that music has health benefits too. We are surrounded by music, we listen to a romantic song when we are in love, play inspirational music to increases the motivational level of sportsperson and even play sad music when we are not ok so that it goes with the mood.
Music not only lifts your mood but also has a positive effect on your well-being. I’m Rex, a guitar instructor and founder of Guitar Confidence. Here are a few benefits of music and how it helps us in our well-being.
Music acts as a pain reliever: Music therapy can help with pain management. It helps patients suffering from pain in a physical, mental, and emotional way. Peter Vuust, of the Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University, Denmark in a study in 2013 provided musical therapy to patients who suffered from fibromyalgia which causes chronic pain in the muscles and joints. Surprisingly he found that these patients experienced less chronic pain after listening to some of their favorite music. Peter Vuust puts forward two concepts for this effect; one music can trigger the release of opioids in the brain which actually is morphine produced by the body which reduces the feeling of pain. The second concept is that when a patient’s favorite music is played it distracts the attention of the patient from pain which decreases the pain.
Music reduces stress: Music can free you from stress, whether it’s your boss or neighbors that give you anguish, grabbing your guitar or any other musical instrument can help relieve stress. According to a study at Mind-Body Wellness Center and Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems stress can be reduced on a genomic level by playing a musical instrument. Rocking out actually reverses your body’s response system to pressure. Playing guitar is a form of relaxation as it acts as a form of natural medicine. Playing guitar improves your focus, all your energy and focus gets concentrated on one and one thing only the instrument and the music it produces, relieving you from your everyday pressure. So, if you are looking to escape from your day to day pressures then you should learn guitar today.
Playing guitar can improve memory: Playing guitar can sharpen the mind based on a Scottish study which says that if you play guitar you apparently will have sharper brain function which can help guard against the mental decline in the future. Music and memory go hand in hand, learning guitar makes you use both parts of your brain which in turn boosts memory power. Intuitive thinking runs all the way to how guitarists learn. According to researchers at Vanderbilt University, guitarists get a better grasp of a song by looking at someone playing it, unlike other musicians who learn through sheet music.
Pumped up songs helps during workout: If you enjoy your exercise with your music then you would be pleased to know that workout and music make a very good team. According to a research at Brunel University, it has been found that listening to music while workout increases the endurance of body by up to fifteen percent.
Keeps the brain healthy: Music is a great medicine for brain and reverses it’s aging. Research conducted have found listening to music improve cognitive function. “If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the aging process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout.” – Charles J. Limb, M.D., Johns Hopkins otolaryngologist
Both listening and playing music has great benefits, music can reduce stress, blood pressure; and improve the quality of sleep, mood of people, mental alertness, and memory.
Why not learn and play music, and at the same time enjoy the healthy benefits of music. If you want to learn a musical instrument visit guitarconfidence.com. Guitar Confidence covers over 30 cities in the East Bay and South Bay areas; including Benicia, Berkeley, Clayton, Concord, Crocket, Danville, Dublin, Fairfield, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Vallejo, & Walnut Creek, CA.
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