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Postby Little White Dove » Wed Nov 26, 2003 1:54 am

[color=indigo][b]In music the sages found pleasure, and saw that it could be used to make the hearts of people good. Because of the deep influence it exerts on man, and the changes it produces in manners and customs, the ancient kings caused it to be one of the subjects of instruction. The words of Chinese Philosopher and Teacher, Confucius (551-479c)

When we feel whole and contented with life we are said to be in the state of harmony. At times when you are feeling low or depressed tune into some music, sing along with some cheerful positive tunes and before you know were you are your mood will be lifted higher than that mountain, because there “Ain’t No Mountain High Enoughâ€

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Postby Egyptianlady » Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:03 am

You will find music therapist work with a wide diversity of people. Some examples would include the mentally ill, the physically handicapped, people that have been abused, the elderly including those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, the terminally ill, the developmentally delayed, the traumatically brain injured, those with learning disabilities, as well as those persons who do not suffer from a clinical diagnosis (meaning everyone who likes music can get value from it). Music has been used as a therapeutic mean for centuries, music therapy did not emerge as an organized profession until 1950.

Music therapist work in hospitals, nursing facilities, schools, treatment centers, hospices, group homes, as well as in private practice. Music therapists work towards a number of non-musical goals including improving communication skills, decreasing inappropriate behavior, improving academic and motor skills, increasing attention span, strengthening social and leisure skills, pain management and stress reduction. Music therapy can also help individuals on their journey of self-growth and understanding.

Music therapists draw from an extensive range of music activities and interventions. The therapist and people might compose songs for the purpose of expression of feelings; one person might learn to play the piano for the improving fine motor skills, while another person might use instruments to improvise unspoken emotions. Music therapists may also use music and movement activities, singing, lyric discussion or music and imagery to help the people reach their goal. Guided Imagery and Music was developed by music therapist Dr. Helen Bonny. It is a music-centered therapeutic process to access the human psyche and lead to self-actualization and healing. GIM involves imaging to music in an alternate state of consciousness (meditation) while sharing the imagery experience with a trained guide or music therapist. When used as a therapeutic tool, GIM can lead to a deep uncovering of hidden emotional responses and stimulate creative insights.

As a release I have sat and listened to music and changed the words of the song to suit my needs, if I am stressed I will dance to the very fast music and sing to the Gods so I use music to relive my tensions, I use it to keep me fit everyday I dance to the music I think it helps your digestion I love music
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Postby Violet Flame » Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:19 am

We're using music therapy in my school for the hadicapped children we have there, specially the ones with Down Symdrom.

I have one boy with Down in my class. He loves it when he has music therapy. It is given by another teacher specialised in this. At first, the boy was very shy in that class, but noew he wants to choose the rythms. He has a lot of fun in those classes and he dances alot :2:

It's the first time we're using it at school and it seems we're having some good results.
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Postby whispering breeze » Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:22 am

Hi LWD,

I loved your post and found it funny as you had used song titles! :lol:
Epytian lady thank you for your post too, I found it informative. :3:

I too use Music in my daily life and I find that when I am feeling low I often turn to music.

I find that the best music to heal my heart is meditation music, which has no words. It also helps me to mellow out and think.

I like Pop and up beat music when I feel energtic, and have a dance, when no ones looking! :lol:

In my house there is rarely a time when muisc isn't playing, as if i am not listing to cds, or the radio, I am listening to my eldest son playing his guitar, or I am playing a guitar too.

I love music and I can see how it is very therapuetic and filled with Magic! :color:


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Postby Fantasia » Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:27 pm

I think we can all agree that the holistic benefits to music are beyond reproach. The genre doesn't matter as we select to suit the mood and need at that moment. The beauty of music is not only if we don't have the skill to create our own music, we use what is created to create or enhance to our benefit.

Having worked with people with Chronic Anxiety Disorders the utilisation of music, as a therapy was important, as the anxious mind sensitivities cause pain, but music provided relief. A person suffering chronic anxiety disorders is unable to watch TV or see or feel anything negative as it causes an aggravation to their condition. Whereas the 'right' carefully selected music had a healing impact. A desensitization process, enhanced with specific meditation allowed that person to drift into a space of peace, normality. Gave them a feeling of empowerment, that not all was lost, that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

On a personal level, as a child I was fortunate to receive lessons in various instruments. Eg Piano; Guitar; Flute; Drums; Clarinet; Recorder. But as the years passed by I found that the flute; recorder and clarinet became the instruments I related to the most. I resonate to the tones created by these instruments. Hence, when I hear or play these instruments I am releasing the right endorphins that my system needs to find inner stimuli and pleasure.

Music we listen to has changed obviously so much over the years. When I listen to the music my children listen to, I ‘just don’t get it’!! But they do! Each generation has it’s own flow of music. So who are we to question their music preferences?

I have found also that the type of music a person may listen to can be an indicator of where their mental state is at. It can be a warning to onlookers that the person may have suicidal tendencies. Or is reaching out to fill the voids in their life. The lyrics in songs can say what we sometimes are not able to.
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Postby Citrine » Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:14 am

Music does has such an amazing influence on the body with the way it can get the adrenalin pumped up or the seratonin flowing.

When the kids used to race bmx bikes at championships they used to put on the heavy metal music and it really did get the kids pumped up (as well as make the littlies feel they were in the big league LOL)

It would be interesting to study the time difference on a lap around the track with heavy metal music blaring versus a hot lap around the track with swan lake playing.

I was reading an article in a womens magazine where an older man had written in and shared his story with how music/sound had put his parkinsons disease into remission.

He used the holosync meditation program daily and the result was a increased seratonin production in his brain and a complete reversal of the symptoms of parkinson's disease on his body.
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Postby Citrine » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:31 am

Fantasia wrote: Having worked with people with Chronic Anxiety Disorders the utilisation of music, as a therapy was important, as the anxious mind sensitivities cause pain, but music provided relief. A person suffering chronic anxiety disorders is unable to watch TV or see or feel anything negative as it causes an aggravation to their condition. Whereas the 'right' carefully selected music had a healing impact


I found this interesting link on the Mozart effect. Gives just a brief outline. I'm heading off to find some more info...

http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/9851.htm
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Postby Fantasia » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:14 pm

It would be interesting to study the time difference on a lap around the track with heavy metal music blaring versus a hot lap around the track with swan lake playing.
LOL..having a family that is into racing I hear what you are saying and it is hysterical...thank you for the giggle Citrine...

I think this link certainly has impact and thank you for the link Citrine.

As he hummed a tone -- careful not to use loud sounds that might dislodge the clot -- he attempted to "massage away the blood clot from within." Campbell envisioned the sound as a vibrating hand over the right side of his skull, then traveling through his body. The calming exercise, he suggests, encouraged the release of endorphins and other positive biochemical changes in his body. He also came to feel what he describes as an "inaudible sound" that accompanied a healing image, which he "replayed" for himself frequently.
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Postby BelieveinUnicorns » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:53 pm

Fantasia wrote:Music we listen to has changed obviously so much over the years. When I listen to the music my children listen to, I ‘just don’t get it’!! But they do! Each generation has it’s own flow of music. So who are we to question their music preferences?

I have found also that the type of music a person may listen to can be an indicator of where their mental state is at. It can be a warning to onlookers that the person may have suicidal tendencies. Or is reaching out to fill the voids in their life. The lyrics in songs can say what we sometimes are not able to.


Ok so what about the person who likes a wide variety of music?????

What would a "suicidal" sone be other then anything done by a big ugly purple dinasaur?

I had the "joy" of music too the Clarinet .... How I wanted it make it useful and toss it into the fire! We had no choice we were assigned instruments and most of us hated them..... maybe if we had the choice to pick our own we would have all been happier.
I wanted a brass!

I have seem more art classes are using a "go with the flow" program where the kids paint, draw, use different matterials while listening to classical music and then again with other types of music to see how mood effects art.
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Postby Fantasia » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:06 pm

Ok so what about the person who likes a wide variety of music?????
Then that is great, if they recieve solace in the music..

The genre doesn't matter as we select to suit the mood and need at that moment. The beauty of music is not only if we don't have the skill to create our own music, we use what is created to create or enhance to our benefit.


I have seem more art classes are using a "go with the flow" program where the kids paint, draw, use different matterials while listening to classical music and then again with other types of music to see how mood effects art.


Yes this is a valid point art and music seem to go hand in hand,,,both release deep creativity and healing qualities.
What would a "suicidal" sone be other then anything done by a big ugly purple dinasaur?
I read an article some time ago, which was also endorsed by the media that a particular song written by Guns & Roses ~ Coma was having an adverse effect on some people and while this song was recieving air play the incidence of suicide increased. Also I was talking to someone who also commented that they were aware of another song which had the same impact....
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Postby BelieveinUnicorns » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:30 pm

Death by music ..... Doesn't sound as good as by chocolate!
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Postby Fantasia » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:37 pm

Indeed :lol:
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Postby BelieveinUnicorns » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:01 pm

I Write the songs by Barry Manilow

I've been alive forever,
And I wrote the very first song.
I put the words and the melodies together,
I am music,
And I write the songs.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing.
I write the songs of love and special things.
I write the songs that make the young girls cry.
I write the songs, I write the songs.

My home lies deep within you,
And I've got my own place in your SOUL,
Now, when I look out through your eyes,
I'm young again, even though I'm very old.

Chorus

Oh my music makes you dance
And gives you spirit to take a chance,
And I wrote some rock 'n' roll so you can move.
Music fills your heart,
Well, that's a real fine place to start.
It's from me, it's for you,
It's from you, it's for me,
It's a worldwide symphony.

Chorus x2

I am music, and I write the songs.
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Postby Fantasia » Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:15 am

Uni thank you for putting the lyrics to this song, it has deep meaning for me at the moment xx Fantasia
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Postby uniqbtrfly » Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:12 am

I believe music has healing properties. It has certainly played a big part in my healing.

I think the study that Masaru Emoto did was awesome....If anyone hasn't heard about it, here is the link...

http://www.wellnessgoods.com/messages.asp
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Postby Norma » Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:42 pm

I find music can resonate feelings and emotions within us... for self therapy we sometimes make bad choices, but there is a purpose. Music helps us when we are sad, hurt, angry, fustrated, happy, and so forth because it finds the words or energy that we need at that moment to express what we cannot express. I don't agree with a lot of the words placed in songs, but in some cases how the words are bellowed out is like it is being done in a rythmic chant with the instruments and resonates within....
I am a concert lover and use to go to many.... the shear volume and atmosphere create changed us the listeners ... one has a feeling of awestruck and can identify and also the beats from the music change the beating of your own heart .. one can go from calm to racing by what they listen to.... words alone cannot do this... but music can.
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Postby Fantasia » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:46 pm

There are some marvelous cd's out there that provide subliminal music tones. Yes they work. I tried it on my children many years ago ;)
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Postby Fantasia » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:49 pm

A little reading on the benefits of subliminal music


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Postby Norma » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:36 pm

oh goodness more reading... I am starting to feel like I am back in school... so much reading these days..... lol give me music any day!!
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Postby wynishere » Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:26 pm

I am a great believer of healing with music. Even if I am very sad, a good sad song makes me cry and then I feel ready for a happy song. It always works for me. If I am stressed I find listening to calm serenity music works a treat. BUT if I wake up an a Sunday morning feeling happy and alive, I drive my family mad with Ronan Keating cd's blasting out while I do my housework ! It's not really an objection to listening to Ronan but it is my voice singing along with him :oops: (tone deaf I am afriad . :danc:
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