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Stress Relief Through Music Therapy

 

When it comes to your overall mental health, stress is the biggest problem that most of us have to face. It’s also the biggest reason for many health problems that we face everyday. Most of us do not even understand that stress can be the major cause of major health problems such as heart problems.

There are many different sorts of therapy which can be used to help with stress relief, and music therapy is a relaxing and soothing one which can help with stress but also major and minor illnesses as well.

Music therapy services are available for adults and children with disabilities. Sessions can be individually designed according to each person’s special needs. By using music and music activities, the music therapist works with each individual in order to address specific goals and objectives which are determined by the therapist.

With music therapy both individual and small group sessions will be conducted with regular evaluations of progress. Music therapy can also be done for clients with the following disabilities: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lowe's Syndrome, and, Tourrette's Syndrome. 

Music Therapy may be more commonly defined as the structured use of music and music activities geared towards helping individuals with disabilities meet both musical as well as non-musical goals. Music therapy goals can be based on behavioural, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional or language and communication. Music is also a proven relaxation technique as well as a stimulant. Those who choose to use music therapy often experience positive changes.

Music therapy is good for people of all ages, from young children to elderly seniors. People with almost any disability can show abilities when it comes to music. Music Therapy clients participate by playing instruments, improvising and making up new songs, singing, or even just listening. The people who are involved in Music Therapy sessions may range from having a mild learning disability to having severe mental retardation.

Music therapists assess clients' communication skills, social functioning, physical health and mobility, cognitive skills, and emotional well-being by how they respond towards music. They design music therapy sessions for individuals according to their own unique needs.

During these tailored sessions, therapists use techniques such as music improvisation, receptive music listening, music performance on instruments along with the voice, as well as learning through music. That is very cool, to think of music in terms of a therapy. It can be very easy to forget how truly useful music is. It really does help to soothe the savage beast that rests within us if we let it.


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