Thursday, June 23, 2011

Music that heals!

Indian classical music is perceived as spiritual. It doesn't matter what instruments you play or if you are just singing, you are connecting with a higher power and this in turn can have positive effects on your mind and body.

Studies have already proved that playing an instrument stabilises your blood pressure, slows down your heart beat and helps concentration. Music therapist Harendra Khurana uses this to heal his patients.

The well-known specialist tells us that you don't need an expert for all your problems - different instruments touch various chakras of your body which make you stronger both mentally and physically.

Guitar: brings joy
The sound of strings is very close to the human voice, which is why your body reacts to it so well. I had a patient who was paralytic and I recommended that he listen to music that he grew up on - tracks from Woodstock, The Beatles, etc. He showed remarkable improvement. That is the effect a guitar can have. It provides instantaneous joy, and the happiness you get from playing a guitar translates into your life as well.

Sitar: inspires creativity
The sitar, on the other hand, inspires creativity. The sound it makes is very peculiar and it travels from your head to the toe. It touches your Swadishtan chakra which is related to creativity in your body. People who play the sitar are always looking to extend their boundaries and think out of the box. I have also found that it helps in relieving a bad stomach.

Santoor: higher intuition
The santoor might also belong to the classical realm, but the sound it makes interacts with the body very differently. The santoor enhances the intuitive aspect of a person. The high notes of the santoor have an effect on the Ajna chakra in the head. It also helps in relieving nausea, vomiting and chronic pain.
Drums: mental anchor
All percussive instruments have an earthy sound, it roots you. Percussions in Indian traditions have a direct effect on the Mooladhar chakra which deals with grounding a person. If you are rooted through rhythm, your mind patterns get regulated. There is a reason why wars around the world carried drums with them. These instruments can give confidence to a dull mind, they are the best cure for mental slowness and lack of concentration. Also, remembering drum patterns while learning the instrument increases your memory.

Flute: a mood uplifter
Studies have shown that wind instruments help with lung power because you are regulating your breathing. So the fact that it helps you with diseases like asthma and bronchitis is a given. In our traditions however, the bansuri has an effect directly with the Vishuddhi chakra which is placed near the throat.
This, in turn, helps people who play this instrument communicate better. The connection between the mind and your voice is enhanced, which keeps your mind clear so that you can be a better orator. It also works well on your bones and can heal diseases like spondylitis. When you are down in the dumps or going through depression, play the flute because its sound reminds you of nature and works best to make you happy again.

Now this does not apply to most jazz instruments because they have a booming sound. Try out the more traditional ones first.

Piano: soothing effects
Pianos, keyboards and most other key instruments are all about soothing your body. Most classical music, especially Western symphonies, depends a lot on keyboards.

Just like a cold 'hello' on the phone puts you off a person, many key instruments have a synthetic sound. Try and stay away from them.

Try and pick an instrument with an acoustic sound. The only problem is that they are very expensive. But if you can afford it, the piano is a great instrument for people with sleeping disorders.

Source: http://www.mumbaimirror.com

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