My weekdays and Saturdays are usually booked with back-to-back client appointments, office work, and personal errands so when Sundays come around I like to have no agenda. My Sundays are spent sleeping in, watching Netflix, hanging out with my family at home, reading a good book, and sometimes it's spent just doing nothing! But can I be honest? I also like to clean my house on Sundays. This sounds like a chore to many but it's actually therapeutic for me! When it's time to clean, I love to open all the windows in my house and let the fresh air. I'll also blast my music loud and usually, it's to Earth, Wind & Fire Radio on Spotify (you can find the playlist here if you're interested) There is nothing like being in your home, your sanctuary, and creating an ambiance that will mentally and emotionally smooth your soul.
Check out the below playlists on Spotify that will have you floating on Cloud 9 and let me know which playlist you're digging :)
You Gotta Be
The Voices of Sweet Jamaica
This Lil' Game We Play
There is nothing like good music to motivate you while you work. I remember once working for a business that was so silent (almost as if working at the library), which had an effect on the employees, including our patrons. Me being who I am; had suggested they add a radio to the front desk and recommended playing funk/soul music. Immediately, the once stuffy and uptight workplace was now buzzing with energy.
Studies have shown that certain types of music can be beneficial to us while we work. For example, some genres of music seem to help us with learning and improve our ability to process information while others help us block out distracting background noise. This week I'm sharing 4 types of music that are known to dramatically improve productivity in the workplace.
1. Classical music
You probably know this already but researchers have claimed that listening to classical music can help people perform tasks more efficiently. This theory, known as “the Mozart Effect,” suggests that listening to classical music can enhance brain activity and act as a catalyst for improving health and well-being. The absence of words in the music may be one factor, as songs that contain lyrics have been found to be a distraction when you’re trying to focus. This genre of music is known for being calming, relaxing and helping reduce stress.
2. Nature music
Listening to the sounds of nature like waves crashing or rainfall have been shown to enhance cognitive function and concentration. They also work best when they’re soothing sounds. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered that natural sounds boost moods and focus. The study found employees were more productive and had more positive feelings when nature sounds were playing in the background while they worked. This may be because nature sounds helped mask harsher, more distracting noises, such as people talking or typing.
3. Music between 50 and 80 beats per minute
Some research suggests that it’s not the type of music that’s important in helping you stay focused and productive, but the tempo of that music. Studies have found that music with 50 to 80 beats per minute can enhance and stimulate creativity and learning. Dr. Emma Gray, a cognitive behavioral therapist, worked with Spotify to research the benefits of certain types of music. She found that listening to music set in the 50- to 80-beat range puts the brain into an alpha state. When we’re awake, we’re typically in a state of mind known as beta, a heightened state of alertness where our brain-wave activity is between 14 and 30 HZ. When our brain slows to between 7 and 14 HZ, we’re in a more relaxed alpha state of mind that allows us to be more receptive and open, and less critical. This state of mind is what scientists associate with activities that involve our imagination, memory and intuition.
4. Your favorite music
If you have to work on something that you're not really excited about, put on some music you enjoy. Studies have found that putting on your favorite type of music can improve your mood and productivity. Teresa Lesiuk, an assistant professor in the music therapy program at the University of Miami, found that personal choice in music is important when deciding what to listen to while working. Her research found that participants who listened to music they enjoyed completed their tasks faster and came up with better ideas than those who didn't because the music helped them feel better and improved their mood.
This week I wanted to discuss the benefits of sound during a massage. Music can be very beneficial when you are trying to get some relaxation during your massage session. Not only will it help put you in the right frame of mind in order to relax, but playing soft music also releases mood-enhancing chemicals in the brain. I've outlined some of the benefits below:
Playing music will alleviate your pain during a session, as research has shown that it has the ability to decrease its intensity.
Improving your sleep
Constant joint and muscle pain may be preventing you from getting the sleep you want at home. If you suffer from sleepless nights, music during a session will help promote your ability to rest and potentially doze off.
Improving your blood flow
Massage helps improve the circulation of blood in the body, and listening to music does the same. Therefore, you can combine these two to enhance the flow of blood.
Induce a meditative state
Slow music can change the speed of the brainwaves, similar to what happens when people are in a hypnotic or meditative state. Putting on slow music will speed up that process.
Another element to consider when getting a massage is aromatherapy, which many of you are already familiar with. It is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. It is sometimes referred to as essential oil therapy. Some scents are used to help clear your mind, while others will help you to feel energized. The scents can be used in a variety of ways such as being incorporated into the oils used for the massage or diffused throughout the room. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
The calming benefits of the right music and scents will allow you to relax and receive the most benefits out of your session.
Since the beginning of time, indigenous societies have traditionally used sound during healing ceremonies, including hand-clapping, singing, drumming, chanting, and pulsating. Different sounds elicit different emotional responses from people and can also change their mental and physical state. For example, a recent brain-imaging study found that spine-tingling music "lights up" the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food, sex, and certain types of drugs.
This month we'll go over how sound, especially used during a massage session or in the workplace, can bring you into complete ethereal bliss or bringing you back to focus. Sound therapy has been known to help treat such conditions as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, pain, and autism. It also has a way of moving through blockages in the body. The techniques vary but all involve the application of sound waves and harmonic vibrations to the body through the use of instruments, including the use of human voice. Now start to imagine receiving a gentle bath of sounds allowing your body to let go and move into a deeper state of relaxation....