Relief from Stress with the Power of Music | Consulting services

Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Optimistic music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower pace can calm your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel relaxed as you take the stress out of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management.

Research confirms these personal experiences with music. Current findings suggest that music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat that causes alpha brain waves (8 to 14 hertz frequencies or cycles per second). This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious. To induce sleep (a delta brainwave of 5 hertz), a person may need to devote at least 45 minutes to listening to calming music in a comfortable position. Researchers at Stanford University said that “listening to music can alter brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” They noted that music is something almost everyone can access, making it an easy stress reduction tool.

So what kind of music relieves stress best? Somewhat surprisingly, Native American, Celtic, Indian string instruments, drums, and flutes are very effective at calming the mind, even when played at a moderately loud volume. Rain, thunder, and nature sounds can be relaxing, especially when mixed with other music such as light jazz, classical (“largo” movement), and easy listening music. Since we are rarely told beats per minute in music, how do you choose the relaxation music that is best for you? Part of the answer is in you: You must first love the music that is playing, then it should comfort you. You can start by exploring the music on this web page. Some may comfort you, some may not. Forcing yourself to listen to relaxing music that makes you nervous can not relieve tension, it can create tension. If this is the case, try searching the Internet for alternatives or ask the Consulting Service staff for other music recommendations. It is important to remember that quieting your mind does not automatically mean you will feel sleepy. This means that your brain and body are relaxed and you can work best with your new calm self in many activities.

Experiment now. Experience a “sound bath” and let the music take you away

Links below each open their selection of relaxing music on YouTube.

A Momentary Peace Meditation
“Heaven and Earth Spirits” by Aneal & Bradfield, Life & Love). Beautiful contemporary piano music with accompanying instruments and nature scenes.

echoes of time
C. Carlos Nakai from the Canyon Trilogy. Calm Native American flute music with a picture of Nakai backlit by the sun in the Grand Canyon.

winding way
Ken Kern of The Winding Path. High-rated, beautiful piano music with instruments accompanying exquisite flower and plant paintings.

Healing and Relaxing Classical Indian Music
Gayatri Govindarajan, part of “Pure Deep Meditation”. A pleasant and rhythmic music was played accompanied by nature scenes in the veenada, the oldest of the Indian feather plucking instruments.

Venetian Angels
Angels of Venice by Harp, Flute and Cello Music. Classical with 3 instruments with pictures of nature.

earth drum
“Spirit Vision,” (David & Steve Gordon. Calm and lovable contemporary Native American savvy drum music using Taos Log Drum and Incan Pan along with other instruments and ocean/jungle nature scenes.

Buddha Spirit
Aneal and Bradfield from Light & Love. Reflective yet powerful contemporary music using various instruments and occasional humming sounds with colorful oscillating fractals

Spa Relaxing Music
Calm contemporary instrumental with piano and steady candlelight.

Relaxation Music: 1-Hour Meditation Candle
Calm contemporary instrumental with piano and a flickering candle.

deep sleep
Dan Gibson. Nature sounds and instrumental, calm sleep music.

Marconi Union. The sounds in this video are carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines that help slow the listener’s heart rate, lower blood pressure, and lower cortisol stress hormone levels.

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