For so many people, the stress of everyday life is just more than they can handle. Between work and home and school and family and friends, sometimes there is so much going on that there isn’t time to breathe and at the end of the day, it is almost impossible to become quiet enough to actually fall asleep! Some people take sedatives, others live on tranquilizers but other people have found a natural alternative that helps you find that quiet place deep within. Music therapy is a growing field in which musicians are becoming certified and the work they do with ‘patients’ of all ages is simply amazing. If you are experiencing more stress than you can endure, consider looking into music therapy.
How Music Therapy Is Used
Actually, a person certified as a music therapist typically started taking therapeutic music lessons in NYC or other major cities where specialists are available to work as music therapists themselves. This would be a person with a degree that goes beyond a music major as they are also trained in one or more of the behavioral sciences. Music therapy is used to help people overcome fears, to relax when they are tense, to learn to speak after a brain injury and even as a child birthing aid. The point is, music reaches a part of the brain that isn’t strictly logical and where creativity can lead you forward despite all ‘rational’ logic.
If you are considering working as a music therapist, did you know you can get a degree in music therapy? There are both graduate and undergraduate degrees and the level of degree you seek is going to be determined by the way in which you intend to use your degree. The one thing you should be aware of is that a degree in music therapy will most often mean that you deal with patients as opposed to music students. There may be times when a patient you work with is inspired enough to pursue a career in music but typically, you will be helping people deal with mental, emotional, spiritual or physical problems.
Music Therapy in the Home
If you don’t have access to a music therapist, you can still take advantage of music therapy in the home. What you are asked to do is find a genre of music that is soothing to your nerves. No matter what your ultimate goal, music to be therapeutic should put you in a calm and relaxed state of mind. It is in this state that you are able to creatively visualize where you need to be, not where you are now in the moment. Whether you are seeking to quit smoking, calm fears of being alone or learning a new subject, music therapy can prepare the brain to be receptive to change.
The next time you feel that life is getting to be more than you can handle, put on a nice, soft piece of music and just sit back letting the sounds wash over you. Feel the music, don’t just hear it. There are YouTube videos on music therapy and probably specialists in your city. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine, turn on the music, kick back and relax. See for yourself just how effective it is to use music therapy for quiet enjoyment.