Posted January 24, 2018 05:24:51 The idea of music being the key to happiness may seem outlandish, but research shows that a music instrument can be a powerful tool for the mind and body.
Music therapy, which aims to help people improve their mental and physical health, is becoming increasingly popular in Canada.
And a new study shows that music may actually be an important part of that healing process.
Dr. Jennifer Hui, a music therapist who specializes in the rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities, said that while some music therapy sessions focus on the emotional component, others are aimed at helping people improve the mental health and quality of life.
“If you’re listening to a really soothing song or playing a really catchy tune and you’re in the mood, then that can be an amazing way to help you get over that emotional roller coaster,” said Hui.
Hui said that, while most music therapy is designed for people with a mental illness or addiction, there are some therapists who focus on physical health as well.
For example, Dr. Amy McKeown of the Musica Cristiana Instrumental Gym in Toronto, says music therapy can be used to help with breathing, muscle spasms and anxiety, among other things.
McKeon, who is also a music instructor at the gym, says she also uses the therapy to help teach students about exercise.
“Music is the most powerful tool you have,” she said.
“It can literally open up the heart, so to speak, for any person, and it can be therapeutic.”
Hui has used music therapy to improve her health.
She says it can help her cope with a lot of stress and she feels better when she can play music.
“When I’m listening to music, I feel relaxed,” she told CBC News.
They know it can actually help them. “
Musicians have been doing this for years and years and I think they’re doing it because they feel like it’s really powerful.
Dr. Steven Minkin, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, says there are other benefits to music therapy. “
The more you listen to music and the more you use music to help your body, the better you feel and the better your mood is going to be.”
Dr. Steven Minkin, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, says there are other benefits to music therapy.
“One of the most exciting things that I see is that it’s a really powerful tool to really help people with social anxiety,” he said.
Mink in particular recommends listening to relaxing music or relaxing music classes to help relieve some of the stress and tension associated with social situations.
“A lot of the times it’s just one piece of music, but when you use a lot, it’s actually more than that,” Mink said.
Hulich said she’s had a lot more success with music therapy after she had the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and was undergoing medication.
Huli said she has been able to stop using medications, which is one of the biggest things that helped her cope more effectively with her disorder.
“In my case, I was really struggling with depression and I was struggling with bipolar disorder,” she explained.
“And it really helped me out a lot.
And it’s been so positive, it makes me feel so much better and so much more comfortable in my body.”
Huli said that she hopes her experience will help others who may be struggling with mental health.
“You’re not alone, and you don’t have to feel alone,” she added.
“Even if you don, you can still learn from it and make the most of it.”