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Why Music Should Be Incorporated into a Wellness Regimen

by Shambhu Neil Vineberg

There are many benefits of incorporating music into a wellness regimen of exercise, diet, and yoga. New age music, in particular, is known for its calming and soothing qualities, making it an effective tool for reducing stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation, and improving sleep quality.

In today's busy and stressful world, taking care of one's mental and physical health is of

utmost importance. One effective technique for de-stressing is listening to relaxing music. Music has the power to calm the mind, reduce stress levels, improve sleep, and promote overall well-being.

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears -- it’s a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear,” said Oliver Sacks,neurology professor, best-selling author, and physician. “But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more--it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity,” he added.

New Age Music: A Gateway to Serenity

New age music is a musical genre that emerged in the 1970s and is characterized by its calming and soothing qualities. It is often associated with meditation, yoga, and other relaxation practices. New age artists often create music with the intention of promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being.

One of the benefits of incorporating new age music into a wellness regimen is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that listening to calming music can reduce cortisol, a stress hormone, and increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of well-being. This makes it an effective tool for promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels.

Enhancing Yoga and Meditation with Music

New age music can also be used as a form of meditation, allowing the listener to focus their mind and reduce distractions. Meditation has been shown to have numerous benefits,. including reducing anxiety, improving sleep, and increasing overall feelings of well-being. New age music can also provide a perfect backdrop for meditation, allowing you to focus your mind and reduce stress levels.

Meditation guru, musician and composer Sri Chinmoy once expressed, "Next to meditation is music, soulful music, the music that stirs and elevates our aspiring consciousness." Sri Chinmoy himself composed and performed in concerts as a manifestation of his inner experience of meditation.

Another benefit of incorporating new age music into your wellness regimen is its ability to improve sleep quality. Sleep is essential for overall health and well-being, and studies have shown that listening to calming music before bedtime can improve sleep quality. New age music can provide the perfect soundtrack for winding down before bed, helping to reduce stress levels and promote a peaceful night's sleep. I listen to my own music in order to fall asleep. Enjoy this Sleep Relaxation playlist on Spotify.

Music as Therapy

New age music can also be used as a form of therapy, especially for those suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain affects millions of people worldwide and traditional forms of pain management can often be ineffective or have unwanted side effects. Studies have shown that music therapy can be an effective tool for managing chronic pain, reducing the need for medication, and improving overall quality of life. New age music can provide a calming and soothing atmosphere for those suffering from chronic pain, helping to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

“In people living with chronic pain conditions, therapeutic music experiences have specifically been demonstrated to enhance self-efficacy, motivation, empowerment, and social engagement, and reduce pain, depression, and disability,” said music therapist Laurie Crosse, in Practical Pain Management Journal.

Music Serves Different Goals - Peter Gabriel

“Different music serves different goals,” writes musician and composer Peter Gabriel. “Music can be used to take us into dance, battle, sport, ritual, sex, serenity. It can change how we function, in groups or as individuals, how our minds and bodies work, how we feel and see the world around us. Even how we see ourselves.”

Finding Your Musical Oasis

Everyone responds differently to music and it's a good idea to experiment with different styles and types of relaxing music to find what works best for you. Additionally, it's recommended to consult with a medical professional before using music as a form of therapy.

About Shambhu

Shambhu Neil Vineberg studied meditation with Sri Chinmoy and he has spent decades developing his own personal meditation practice. He also creates acoustic guitar music known for its calming and meditative qualities, making it an ideal listening experience for those looking to reduce stress and promote overall well-being.

Discover Shambhu's relaxing music on this Spotify Playlist. Check out his latest release.

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