Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

—Victor Hugo

The Healing Power of Music, by Ariana Vincent, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care Tip

Music touches the human soul across all illusionary boundaries of time, space and language. As we listen to music, there is a phenomenon known as entrainment occurring, in which our hearts involuntarily synchronize their beat to the rhythm supplied by external stimuli. Music can be a powerful catalyst for healing, since it touches the very core of our souls.

Listening to healing music lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, relieves depression, improves concentration, enhances creativity, manages pain and lowers stress hormones.

Massage therapists have the opportunity to share the healing power of music in their treatment rooms. As we experience cascading exposure to music, it permeates our entire being. Music has the capacity for opening us to a greater appreciation of our essential connectedness. As we offer healing energy to our clients in a musical soundscape, we are also being healed.

Music is especially evocative in terms of drawing us into a radiant inner state while at the same time relaxing and healing our clients.
 
Ariana Vincent, The Healing Power of Music, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care TipAriana Vincent, L.M.T., M.T.I., N.C.T.M.B., is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and workshop leader based in Austin, Texas. Learn more about her at www.arianavincent.com.

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