Music is said to be able to soothe the savage beast; and movement has been found by research to help reduce the negative effects of oxidative stress - the inflammatory condition that results from emotional or or other physical stress on the body. Listening to some types of music has been found helpful for relieving chronic pain and symptoms of depression.
Add music and movement together for a fun way to soothe or stimulate your way to less stress.
A variety of tips for reducing levels of the inflammatory peptide called Substance P are included in the article Trichodynia, Pain, and Substance P, drwardbond.com: (G.23). Three types of movement were mentioned to have been found to help reduce excess levels of the inflammatory peptide:
Sounds and motions that stimulate our brain rhythmically, first one side and then the other for example, such as the motion of rocking a cradle to help a baby fall asleep, also help calm our brains.
Music designed with sound and brainwave specialists can help a person reach a deeper more relaxed and meditative state for soothing or for reaching that nonverbal area of the psyche for the purposes of cognitive therapy. BrainSync.com is a company with auditory products designed for cognitive therapy. The meditative cognitive therapy messages are set to music with a rhythmic background sound, like a heartbeat, "binaural beats." It is recommended to listen with headphones to gain the full effect of the sounds that are heard first in the right ear and then in the left ear in a rhythm. The binaural beats are incorporated into the background music of CDs that include a guided meditation session by Kelly Howell a pioneer in the field of binaural brain stimulation.
Other Cognitive Therapy Resources to "retrain your brain":
Research on the health benefits of chanting performed by different types of religious groups has also been found beneficial for health and the research may have helped lay the groundwork for the more modern brain wave audio technology. Research on the brain activation caused by chanting "OM" as compared to making the sound "ssss" found that the chanting did reduce activity of the amygdala. While making the "ssss" sound had no positive or negative effect. (G6.5)
Background on the Amygdala: It is the brain's emotional center which can become overactive during fear and anxiety conditions. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be a result of severe or chronic trauma leading to the amygdala, hippocampus, and medial prefrontal cortex areas of the brain to become overactive when reminded of the trauma. (G6.6)
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