What are the benefits of music therapy?
Music therapy is a wonderful activity that our residents regularly enjoy. From singing to playing instruments, our music sessions never fail to create a warm, positive atmosphere throughout our home.
This week, we’re taking a look at the benefits of music therapy:
The Benefits of Music Therapy: It Makes You Feel Good
One of the benefits of music therapy is the increased production of dopamine - the hormone responsible for reducing feelings of stress and anxiety and elevating your mood.
Listening, singing along, playing or dancing to music can help to boost your mood. The stress-reducing effects of music therapy help to lower cortisol levels, inducing feelings of happiness and relaxation.
At Wellbeing Care, our residents regularly gather together for a fun music session full of laughs and positive energy.
Music Encourages You to Be More Active
Music encourages dancing - whether that's tapping in time with a beat or a waltz around the room.
Dancing and playing instruments can help to build muscle strength and improve balance, whilst also enhancing motor skills and coordination.
The Benefits of Music Therapy: Improved Memory Retention
Music can enhance areas of the brain associated with memory. Whether you remember lyrics or learn a dance routine, music provides stimulation to the brain and can help to form new neural pathways. You may also hear a song that's significant to you, bringing past memories to the forefront of your mind.
You may remember a particularly special time in your life, perhaps triggered by a certain song, and relive the emotions you felt at that time.
The Benefits of Music Therapy: Helping to Induce Sleep
Music can aid a better quality of sleep by encouraging relaxation and reducing stress. It can help you to switch off your thoughts, enabling you to fall asleep quicker and have a more restful night’s sleep.
Try listening to a gentle piece of music when you get into bed to reap the benefits of its calming effect. You could use an app, such as Calm, to play a relaxing, instrumental song on a timer. You can adjust the settings to ensure the music stops when you're asleep, and there is a wide range of styles you can choose from.
Music Therapy Encourages Self-Expression and Creativity
Here at Wellbeing Care, we understand that music is a personal activity and can be enjoyed in many different ways.
Music is a creative art and so it allows people the freedom to express themselves in whichever way they feel comfortable. You may wish, for example, to listen to relaxing classical music whilst in the bath, or an upbeat album to build your energy in preparation for a workout.
The Benefits of Music Therapy: Enhancing Fine Motor Skills
Playing an instrument is a great way to improve fine motor skills. Instruments that require intricate hand movements, such as guitar and piano playing, can help to exercise muscles you might not normally use.
At Wellbeing Care, we use collective rhythm as a guide to help our residents play music together - such as gently playing the drums or tapping a tambourine. This can help to improve memory and coordination.
We’re passionate about encouraging our residents to try a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. If you’d like some inspiration, why not take a look at our gardening tips for seniors?
Alternatively, please contact a member of our team for more information about our care services.