Everyone is touched by music in one way or another. It can connect directly with our emotions, inspire us, capture our imagination and nourish the soul. Music can also create an atmosphere of calm and peace, allowing us to de-stress and relax in a very natural way.
There is nothing new in the healing power of music - it's a tradition dating back to the first musicians and in many cultures the musician and the healer are often found side by side. In more recent times research has shown that music has many therapeutic qualities aside from general relaxation and stress relief. Relaxing music can help to stabilize body temperature, lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as reduce stress-hormones in the blood.
Relaxation music has also been shown to be very beneficial in treating mental illness, depression and sleep loss as well as enhancing memory and concentration. It can encourage resistance to infection, and ease pain levels during childbirth.
The first music we experience is the regular beating of our mother's heart, and this perhaps would explain the fact that music with a gentle repetitive rhythm can have profoundly beneficial physical and psychological effects.