Five Ways Musical Therapy Can Help With Depression
Musical therapy has many applications: as an intervention for regulating your mood, including depression, it is especially powerful.
Musical therapy is especially beneficial for those struggling with depression: because of the personal connections people make with music, they are especially susceptible to guided mood changes from music.
five ways musical therapy can help with depression:
1) Guided Musical Meditation
A guided musical mediation uses music to help guide an individual’s overall mood:
“During a guided musical mediation, a music therapist prompts the listener to use all their senses and imagination to redirect focus and illicit a change in mood. Live instrumentation throughout the guided mediation is provided.” - Roxanne, Live Love Life Music
A musical therapist guides the participant to share and explore their feelings through songwriting, lyrics, and sound. This will often make it easier for the individual to share their emotions and experiences, and to express themselves.
3) Singing, Toning, and Chanting Affirmations
In this case the music therapist teaches breathing techniques for the participant to do while reciting affirmations - positive statements - by singing, stating, and extending phrases. The use of tone bells, singing bowls, and other instruments are used to help focus the mind.
4) Expressive Drumming
The participant is taught techniques and patterns on how to play a djembe (a drum originally from West Africa, which is played with your bare hands). The therapist and participant play together and call and response as expression. The session ends with a physical cool down involving stretches and breathing techniques.
A djembe drum
5) Listening to and Playing Music
Studies show that listening to and playing music reduces chronic stress by lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Music can make you feel more hopeful, powerful, and in control of your life. Even listening to sad music has benefits - if you are going through a difficult time, listening to sad music can be cathartic, and help you get in touch with your emotions, all to help you heal.
Listening to music is even more therapeutic when done with friends
Roxanne and her team at Live Love Life Music Therapy have the experience and qualifications to help you or someone you love discover the power of music therapy.
Visit their website HERE for more information, or contact Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.