There's been a lot of research over recent years into music therapy and its benefits - especially for patients in hospital or people with disabilities. Music therapy is practised professionally around Australia and in more than 40 countries world wide.
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In hospitals, music therapy is being used to help settle patients awaiting procedures for the calmative effect and for premature babies, which stands to reason, soft music of nature sounds helps to instil calmness. And the sound of 'whooshing' is used to simulate a mothers womb. Hence, the baby is attuned to the familiarity which in turn, helps it to settle. All mothers know, that a settled baby means a happy blissed out mama!
But music therapy is also being used for more serious situations such as coma arousal. This is quite significant as it seems music is able to break through to our sub conscious minds where mere talking falls short.
Music is also used to connect with people who are have anxiety issues, are terminally ill, or depressed. It maintains a sense of well being and people of any ages are encouraged to participate in music therapy. They reap the benefits despite their musical skill level or experience. It's all about 'having a go'....
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Further, in hospital settings, music therapy helps by reducing anxiety, agitation, fear, distress and sadness. It helps to assist in the processing of feelings especially via song writing and gives one a sense of belonging.
You know yourself how good you feel when you've been to see a uplifting musical, band or concert. It has a ripple effect. Simple.
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It also builds self confidence especially with regards to children who may have certain disabilities and don't always fit in with their peer groups. Music has the ability to completely transform lives and it's this fact that draws such special people toward training to become music therapists.