Health & Wellbeing
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NOVEMBER 7TH marks International Stress Awareness Day (isma.org.uk), and with figures showing that 85 per cent of us experience stress on a regular basis, it’s time to take action. With the party season just around the corner, music therapy could be the answer to coping. Sound exerts a soothing effect on our nervous system and releases endorphins via our brain which make us feel happy when the going gets tough. Here’s how to harness the power of sound to stress less:
LISTEN TO SOLFEGGIO TONES
Solfeggio tones are powerful beats that resonate with the chakras. These special sounds emit the correct frequency to correlate with each of our seven energy centres, balancing and aligning the energy in our bodies. The tones progress up from the root chakra to the crown, and as you listen to the melodies you may feel a release of trapped emotions and a sense of healing as chi flows through your energy system. Practice meditation while listening to these frequencies for a healing experience. Find them on YouTube.
PLAY CRYSTAL SINGING BOWLS
Crystal bowls made from pure quartz are used to increase positive energy. The reverberating sounds and vibrations help you achieve inner peace by lulling your body into a state of pure relaxation. There are many different kinds of bowls to choose from – clear, coloured, frosted and alchemy (infused with rare or precious gems), and each exerts a different therapeutic effect on your psyche.
The bowls come in different shapes and sizes, which determines the different sounds that they make.
3 SING POWER MANTRAS
It’s thought the focused repetition of singing mantras to melodies ignites a relaxation response in your body and prompts you to just ‘be’ in the moment. Start by developing mantras that resonate with your inner being, such as ‘I feel at peace,’ or ‘I have the power to control how I feel, and I choose to feel calm.’ Put on some mellow background music and place your hand over your heart, reciting the words out loud when needed.
DANCE TO UPLIFTING TUNES
The expressive power of movement melts away stress and allows us to appreciate the moment. Furthermore, one study found that people who listen to music feel less pain and are less stressed than people who don’t. Movement is thought to help regulate the sympathetic nervous system, which creates our stress response, so we feel more mellow, plus it releases the hormones dopamine and oxytocin, giving us that warm, fuzzy feeling.
TRY SOUND VISUALISATION
Combining music with imagery is a healing therapy that’s known as the Bonny Method and is used by experts to help treat emotional and psychological issues. The concept is that you listen to a sequence of classical music while at the same time focusing on guided imagery. The idea is that merging together music with images connects the conscious and unconscious and activates our brain’s ability for healing and transformation.