Canadian Researcher from the McGill University found that by listening to music, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

Music that moves us emotionally activates the “feel-good hormone” dopamine at the emotional networks of the brain. They are mainly in the lower part of the forebrain, directly above the eye socket. The dopamine inhibits the anxiety centers in the almond kernels. These almond-shaped structures are located on the left and right inside of the brain. Among other things, they process emotions such as fear and anger. If they are inhibited, another part of the brain, the hypothalamus, emits less stress hormones. As a result, the blood pressure drops, and the heartbeat calms down.

Source: Canada Research Chair (McGill University), McGill Study Film 

Listening to music you enjoy decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which counteracts the effects of chronic stress.

Stress is something we all experience at times. It can help us when we are in danger, preparing the body for facing every type of demand or danger by aiming all functions at survival. Long-term stress on the other hand, caused at work or during unusual stages of life, can lead to serious mental and physical diseases and should not be ignored or downplayed. This kind of Stress Level is constantly increasing these days and more than 80% of Employees suffer from it. For preventing and healing Stress it is important to take time for relaxation and breathing. SonicTonic developed a method, that reduces stress receptively, trough sound therapy in short sections. They help the body to calm instantly and prevent short-term stress from turning into long-term stress.

Source: DAK Gesundheitsbericht 2010, psyGA Praxisordner, Apotheken Umschau, www.muenchener-institut.de, www.raus-aus-dem-stress.com, powered by www.dkv.com, www.lavita.de, gesundheit-daten-fakten.de

Healing Soundscapes. The therapeutic use of sound and music in healthcare.

Start for the Healing Soundscape project with the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and the University Hospital Eppendorf. The project was declared winner 2016 by the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg on 8th December 2016. GROVES has been confirmed as associated partner for the private sector.

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