The healing effects of music on living organisms have been seen since the dawn of civilization. The first to appreciate the therapeutic effect of the sounds of Pythagoras. By the way, he proposed the concept of “musical medicine”. The healing effect of music on the human body was noticed at the dawn of civilization. The use of musical art for therapeutic purposes is described in ancient papyrus and the Bible. Music affects the human body comprehensively. While listening to music, the brain responds to it by activating several areas. The processing of musical information is influenced by the visual, tactile and emotional experience of a person. Our brain perceives music simultaneously in two hemispheres: the left hemisphere feels the rhythm, and the right timbre and melody. The body of a person listening to music, as it were, adapts to it.
According to the Moscow medical center “Lenz” and the Children’s Treatment Center, as a result of numerous studies, it has been established that under the influence of music, such mental processes as memory and orientation improve by 45-50%, and attention by 25-30%. Musical effects on the human body are carried out not only on the central nervous system, but also on the muscular, digestive systems. Modern scientific studies have shown that it is classical music that positively affects the physical and mental condition of a person, the health of patients. The “live” music of classical composers helps to get rid of depressive states, stresses, worries, anxieties.
“The Light of the Moon” by Debussy, “Ave Maria” by Schubert, Chopin’s Preludes, and Strauss Waltzes will help calm down.
– Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and Haydn’s “Symphony” will help relieve irritability.
– With insomnia, listen to the suite “Peer Gynt” by Grieg, “Dreams” by Schumann, plays by Tchaikovsky. But not all music improves eyesight and hearing, but only one that most closely matches the internal state of the human body. After listening to a rock composition, a person’s hands tremble, visual acuity and hearing are lost, the level of hormones in the blood rises, and a nervous breakdown is observed. So music, unfortunately, can turn from a friend into an enemy. The famous Russian surgeon and academician B. Petrovsky used music during complex operations: according to his observations, under the influence of classical music, the body begins to work more harmoniously, harmoniously. The outstanding neuropsychiatrist Academician Bekhterev believed that classical music positively affects breathing, blood circulation, eliminates fatigue and gives physical vigor.
The creator of musical pharmacology, the American scientist Robert Schofler, prescribes for therapeutic purposes to listen to all the symphonies of Tchaikovsky and the overture of Mozart, Schubert’s “Forest King”, an ode to Beethoven’s Joy from his 9th symphony. Schofler claims that these works contribute to accelerating recovery. This effect of music is explained by the fact that sounds of different frequencies affect the person in different ways. Scientists have found that this is directly related to the rhythms of the brain. Receiving audio information through the organs of hearing, the brain analyzes it, comparing it with its rhythms. Each person has his own rhythm frequency. That is why musical tastes are so different. An interesting fact noted by psychologists is the “coincidence” of artificial musical rhythms and natural biological rhythms in the human body. In psychology, there is such a term as the “auditory tract”. This is the way from the beginning of the sound to the result, which is achieved by irritating one or more nerve centers of the brain. Classical music has its own auditory tract. Basically, it is written in the rhythm of the heart (60–70 beats per minute) and therefore has a beneficial effect on the basic functions of the whole organism. Some works, musical phrases, penetrating the brain, calm the excited nerve centers (for example, anger and discontent), relieve stress, pain, improve metabolic processes. All this happens under the influence of classical music by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky. “But each work has its own effect on mental activity.”