Music is a universal language. All species including animals, birds and humans relate to it and use music for different purposes. There is music in the chirping of the birds, in the falling rain drops, and in the rhythmic waves of the sea.
When experiencing physical and emotional pain, people often think that medication is the only cure. However, in recent years, various alternative healing methods have evolved. One of these healing methods is music therapy. Music therapy is the prescribed use of music and melodies to help restore, maintain and improve the emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of an individual.
The immense power of music is also evident by the fact that since time immortal all religions have used it in some or the other form in their prayers- for instance, ‘Sankirtan’ is a form of prayer involving music and song by a group of people. Its therapeutic potential for both humans and animals has been scientifically proven.
Music therapy has shown positive effects especially for conditions like cancer, autism, depression, suicidal tendencies, children with emotional and behavioural disorders and survivors of childhood trauma. In the modern lifestyle full of stress and anxiety, music can play a pivotal role in reducing social aggression and violence. It is incredible that something used for leisure can be such a powerful healing agent. To quote the famous musician Billy Joel, “Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music”
By Shivani Rath
V.C. W. AVM – Bandra (E)