The magic of music
“Music heals the soul and body” – such an inscription can be seen on some Italian instruments of the Renaissance.
The healing properties of music have long been known. Even in Ancient Egypt and Greece, doctors treated patients with sounds and had extensive knowledge in this area. Ancient Chinese doctors believed that music could cure any disease, and even wrote out “music recipes” to affect a particular organ. In Russian latitudes, for example, in Evenkia, in order to strengthen the effect of potions, healers sang their spells and plots, and shamans accompanied them with the sounds of a drum and a tambourine.
The first serious studies of the healing effects of music on the human body were conducted at the end of the 19th century by neuropathologist James Corning. He studied the influence of Wagner music in the treatment of mental disorders. Trial listening to the works of this composer in the audience of patients gave impressive results, and special medical concerts began to be held in the hospital. And a hundred years later, music therapy was used in many medical institutions in America and Europe. Healing sounds were heard in the dental offices, in the operating rooms, in children’s hospitals and military hospitals. The music calmed, relaxed, helped to heal neurosis, and enhanced the effects of drugs.
In our fast-paced time, we again turn to music as a way to help ourselves. A few years ago, the Roman Academy of Sciences published the results of studies on the impact of music on humans. It turns out that depression, fear, the effects of stress, heartaches, hypertension with the help of music can be cured by 90 percent! The findings of Italian scientists were confirmed by physicians in England and Russia. Moscow doctor Mikhail Lazarev successfully treats bronchopulmonary pathologies by playing the flute. And the famous French actor Gerard Depardieu got rid of stuttering for three months, daily listening to the music of Mozart on the advice of a doctor.
Today, a special international association develops and produces musical “medicines”, trains specialists in music therapy. Association experts have created musical compositions that help with insomnia, depression, neurosis, help restore the body after suffering serious illnesses and operations, and alleviate suffering in incurable diseases. The number of fans of this pleasant method of treatment and prevention is becoming more and more every year in the world, writes the “Aeroflot-Don Airlines Flight Log”.
What is the secret of the healing effects of music on a person? There are different points of view about this. Some scientists, mainly psychotherapists, believe that the healing properties of music are based on its ability to influence the psychoemotional state of a person. The tendency of people to diseases such as hypertension, angina pectoris, gastric ulcer, etc., is often explained not by physical weakness and not a hereditary predisposition, but by the peculiarities of a person’s character, his worldview and attitude to the surrounding reality. It turns out a stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer; intestines, people suffering from hypertension are more likely to be intolerant of mistakes and the “wrong” behavior of other people, strictly adhering to their principles and views, hostile and opposing others. If a person is constantly obsessed with his own shortcomings, unsure of himself – this is a direct path to migraines, cardiac arrhythmias, bronchial asthma. In order to avoid or cure a psychosomatic disease (this is the name of this group of diseases), it is necessary to change, if not the character of a person, then at least his attitude to his problems and to life in general. And music here is one of the main instruments of therapeutic effect. It is believed that listening to the works of Borodin, Chopin, Beethoven helps to understand their own feelings, to better know themselves. Tchaikovsky’s symphonies liberate the soul from suffering and unpleasant memories. Brahms, slow works by Bach and Liszt’s preludes help to overcome shyness and excessive bashfulness, Shostakovich’s music – to control negative emotions (anger, irritability). The creations of Mozart and Bizet, the dance works of Strauss, Kalman and Lehar form a person’s optimistic attitude, and listening to concerts for piano and Chopin’s orchestra makes the attitude to the outside world more positive and joyful.
According to another theory, the main healing factor in music is rhythm. The rhythm is considered the heart of music, and, according to a number of specialists in music therapy, it is he who underlies its healing properties. In nature, everything is subject to certain rhythms, and the human body is no exception. Each element in the “man” system vibrates in its own way, and its vibrations coincide with the rhythm of the energy of well-defined sounds and instruments.
It is proved that when the functions of the organ are violated, it begins to work in a different rhythm, the frequency and strength of its vibrations change. A sick heart is a prime example. And here music comes to the rescue. If you know with what instrument an organ that has lost its rhythm sounds in unison.