Written by Elizabeth McLean @ Health Wiz
Have you ever tried music therapy? Music has been used as a form of therapy for centuries, with the father of modern medicine Hippocrates one of the first people to be documented incorporating this therapy into clinical practice in 400 BC. In modern day, music therapy may consist of singing, dancing, song-writing, meditation to music, discussing music, or a combination of all of these. This therapy has been found to be highly effective in treating stroke patients, cancer patients, and has even been used in schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and psychiatric facilities to induce a sense of well-being and reduce anxiety and depression. Music therapy is similar to counseling in many ways, as it delves into the physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual components of an individual. The content of a session will depend of course on the practitioners experience and personal boundaries and each session will be tailored to the needs of the individual.
The benefits of music therapy may include increased connection with the self or ‘soul’, reduced stress levels, increased energy and a greater sense of peace and physical well-being. I had my first session of music therapy today and it was quite spectacular! When I first arrived for my session I felt very flat and a little apprehensive after having had a very busy week. I can honestly say I felt like a new woman afterwards and left with a big smile! I would highly recommend this therapy to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling and alternative therapies.