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Sound Therapy: The Kind of Songs You Need When Stressed

Sound therapy – “Music is for the soul”. The truth of these words has now been proven by the sound therapies.

The scientists are amazed at the discovery of some soothing sounds in our nature. Especially nowadays, when we are struggling with a lot of stress, this discovery is gaining more importance than ever. They found that slow melodies help reduce stress and anxiety. While fast songs can increase concentration and attention, the result on slow songs looks different. In sound therapy, body and mind find relaxation with slow rhythmic songs / sounds. This can be made possible by a piece of music or a special composition of natural sounds.

That stress physically and mentally puts a burden on us is known to anyone. But what exactly happens in our brain? Why is it harmful to be exposed to stress?

Chronic stress increases the stress hormone cortisol and affects many brain functions. The result is mood swings, forgetfulness and other mental issues. When the brain is stressed for an extended period of time, it signals the adrenaline to release adrenaline through the spinal cord. This process then triggers an increase in blood sugar, increases heart rate and blood pressure. Stress also causes the brain to influence the production of the stress hormone cortisol. So stress tells our body to release pressurized stress hormones like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. Excess cortisol can also cause a number of physical health problems such as weight gain, osteoporosis, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, cancer, tension headaches and migraines, heart disease and diabetes.

In short, stress weakens our immune system and favours the penetration of possible diseases into our life’s nervous system.

So, to combat this health threat that affects the lives of millions of people, sound therapy is recommended as a natural way of calming our nerves and brains.

Cognitive scientists and researchers in music therapy are of the opinion that slower musical beats (rhythms) have the ability to alter the speed of the brain wave, inducing meditative or hypnotic state. According to them, this is probably the reason why so many cultures and religious services make ceremonial music an important part of important rituals. The same is true with some exercise patterns like yoga. Sound healers also say that listening to percussive instruments such as gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks destroys stress and possesses the ability to put the listener in a meditative state.

Many sound therapists have discovered some powerful, slow songs like “Someone Like You” by Adele, “Watermark” by Enya and “Weightless” by Marconi Union. The last one was praised especially by clay therapists. The piece was put together in collaboration with sound therapists. It has carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines that help to slow a listener’s heart rate, lower blood pressure and lower the stress hormone cortisol.

source: Online Nigeria 

 

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Receptive Sound Therapy | The Neurological and the Psychological Aspects.

Receptive Sound Therapy has not only been proven to reduce stress, improve sleep and help with uncomfortable psychological problems; There are studies that show that it can improve concentration, boost motivation and increase energy. There are two aspects to Receptive Sound Therapy: The Neurological and the Psychological.

The Neurological Aspect: Brainwave Entrainment

Brainwave patterns are directly related to our everyday lives. For example, monitoring a person’s brainwave pattern will determine if the person is tired, full of energy, or focused. It is equally interesting for people with depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders. Brainwave Entrainment is able to effectively and accurately influence brainwave patterns. By changing and optimising specific frequencies, a huge range of problems can be dramatically reduced or eliminated. For example, memory, concentration, and mental speed can be increased enormously by brainwave stimulation. Sleep and deep stages of meditation can be initiated, headaches can be reduced. Brainwave Entrainment can even promote the release of helpful chemicals such as growth hormone and serotonin.

The Psychological Aspect: Suggestions, Visualisations and Hypnosis

For problems that can not be solved by Brainwave Entrainment alone, there are a number of other proven sound-based psychological techniques that can be used. Suggestions (affirmations) and visualisation techniques are available to overcome anxiety, quit smoking, lose weight, boost self-esteem, performance and motivation – and much more. Hypnosis, for example, is a well-known psychological technique. The task of the hypnotist is primarily to relax the patient to bring his mind into a receptive state (the so-called hypnotic trance). The hypnotist uses a series of suggestions. These are sentences or commands , such as, “You are self-confident and self-determined!. When your mind is in a receptive state, suggestions and other psychological techniques (such as visualisations) can have a quick and dramatic effect on your thinking, behaviour and emotional state. There are excellent recorded audio programs available that combine professional hypnosis scripts with powerful brainwave entrainment techniques that bring the user’s brainwave patterns quickly into an optimal receptive state.

Extensively researched and used for over 70 years.

In 1998, Dr. David Trudeau used 18 Hz frequencies for the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and documented very positive results on the  reduction of depression and impulsivity. The patients reported increased energy and improved sleep. Michael Hutchison also mentions this frequency in his book “MegaBrain” for the purpose of increasing energy and motivation. A similar result was achieved by Dr. Cary Howard in his study in 1986, where 12 students had significantly reduced symptoms fatigue at the end of a seven-week course.

The techniques used in Receptive Sound Therapy have been created to bring about quick and long-lasting positive changes. They address two main categories, the psychological and neurological aspects. Mental problems will often require a combination of these two approaches. Depression, for example, can be treated most effectively by increasing the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin. And this is not a new technology; in fact, it has been extensively researched and used for over 70 years.

 

Further Reading

Frederick, J. A., Lubar, J. F., Rasey, H. W., Brim, S. A., & Blackburn, J. (1999). Effects of 18.5 Hz auditory and visual stimulation on EEG amplitude at the vertex. Journal of Neurotherapy, 3(3-4), 23-28.

Gontkovsky, S. T., & Montgomery, D. D. (1999, June). The physiological response to” beta sweep” entrainment. In APPLIED PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND BIOFEEDBACK (Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 133-133).

Hammond, D. C. (2001). Treatment of chronic fatigue with neurofeedback and self-hypnosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 16(4), 295-300.

Howard CE, Graham LE, 2nd, Wycoff SJ. A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students. J Dent Educ. 1986;50(9):542-544

Hutchison, M. (1986). Megabrain: New tools and techniques for brain growth and mind expansion. New York: Beech Tree Books.

Trudeu, D. (1999). A trial of 18 Hz Audio-Visual Stimulation (AVS) on Attention and Concentration in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.

Neuro Programmer 3. Technologie. https://goo.gl/PrTevH . Zugriff am 15.03.2018

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Autosuggestion: How positive Affirmations Influence the Way You Think and Feel

 

Autosuggestion trains the subconscious mind to influence the way a person thinks, perceives and believes. As well as implementing the power of positive thinking, it builds on such techniques as Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Autogenic Training, Active Imagination and other tried and tested psychological methods.

Emile Coué (1857-1926) was a French pharmacist and pioneer of autosuggestion. Coué who, after reading the writings on hypnosis from the “School of Nancy” (A. Liébeaut and H. Bernheim), developed a very simple method of self-hypnosis. Every day before falling asleep and after waking up, the patient should repeat 20-30 times the now famous sentence: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.

Autosuggestion uses positive affirmations to replace negative thoughts, opinions or beliefs with good and healthy ones. For this technique to properly take effect, the recipient must first achieve an altered state of consciousness. The reason for this is that, when we are in our normal waking state, the new thoughts or ideas have to get past our critical minds, which isn’t that easy. When the idea that we want to suggest, contradicts a belief or opinion that we have previously held to be true, we immediately activate and reinforce the original thought we wanted to avoid, which is not going to give us the effect we want.

Under The Radar

“Unconscious” is the keyword; Positive affirmations, such as Coué’s aforementioned line, enter our minds under the radar. They by-pass our critical mind and create new beliefs.  It is the same thing when we are dealing with stress: in the waking state of consciousness, we tell ourselves to relax and it just doesn’t work. The more we will ourselves to relax, the more we just get tense. But when we hear new ideas or suggestions, communicated in a slow, monotonous voice, or embedded in relaxing music, they are more inclined reach our subconscious mind, and our critical minds will be distracted. The words influence us, and the effect is that we relax.

The reason that the Coué method of autosuggestion is so effective in making positive mental changes, is because it does not involve willpower. Attempting to use willpower inevitably leads to the strengthening of exactly those existing ideas, that we want to avoid.

So whether you want to reduce stress, relax or change some unwanted or disturbing mental patterns, autosuggestion will help you to switch off your critical minds in order to achieve the mental state you desire.  For best results, you should make it a habit and integrate the program into your daily routine!

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SonicTonic uses autosuggestion

SonicTonic is a revolutionary sound-based tool for providing quick and effective help to those who are having problems with sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and pain. It uses Receptive Sound Therapy – a balanced blend of proven auditory healthcare techniques. Purpose-targeted audio programs are available via the SonicTonic app for Android and iOS. The programmes that use autosuggestion are tagged with this icon: 

The Noise That Will Help You Sleep Better

In a study at China’s Peking University, an impressive 75% of study participants reported more restful sleep when exposed to pink noise.
It was discovered that it regulates your brain waves, which is a hallmark of super-restful sleep. A pink noise programme is available for free in the SonicTonic app. Get it here.
Read the full article here.
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How the Shape of Your Ears Affects What You Hear


An important affect of using SonicTonic is the altered state of consciousness that is experienced largely due to the movement of sound caused by panning, ASMR and virtual surround sound software. Interestingly, the experience and identification of positioning varies from person to person.  Neuroscientists from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) at the University of Montreal have recently published a study in the Journal of neuroscience, examining the representation of vertical sound direction in the auditory cortex using an fMRI scanner, proving that what we hear is affected by the shape of our ears.



Source: The New York times (Veronique Greenwood) | Journal of neuroscience (Régis Trapeau and Marc Schönwiesner from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS)
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Music is one of the best methods to fall asleep

Sleep physician Prof. Jürgen Zulley: „Music is monotonous stimulation. And with that you sleep better. I think music is one of the best methods to fall asleep.“

Germany´s most known sleep physician Jürgen Zulley calls music the number one medicine for sleeping disorders. He recommends listening to quite and calming music while its necessary to focus on the sound. He says, that the monotone stimulation is prerequisite for falling asleep and important for it, to be restful. We created different Tonics that trigger these monotonous stimulations and help you with getting a good night sleep.

Source: Interview with sleep physician Prof. Jürgen Zulley 

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Mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women

With 20.1%, mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women.

 

As the DAK health report 2017 shows, psychological diseases present the largest part of the total cases of illness among women. Reasons for that can be biological, such as hormonal effects, psychosocial, for example education or the abundance of roles as mother, partner, employee, etc., or other specific stress aspects in a psychological, physical or sexual way.

 

Source: Gesund.at

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People are taking more sleep medications

Compared to 2010, almost twice as many employed people today take sleeping medications

According to the DAK Healthreport 2017, more than twice as many employees take sleeping medication than in 2010. These can negatively affect your health though, causing headaches, sickness or metabolic disturbances. Also, they change the sleep cycles by eliminating the R.E.M. sleep (Rapid Eye Movement), the dream phase, which is extremely important for a mental balance and relaxation.

 

Source:  DAK Healthreport 2017, Focus Magazin

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One in ten workers suffers from insomnia

One in ten workers suffers from particularly severe sleep disorders, so-called insomnia. That’s 60 percent more than in 2010.

 

The DAK health report 2017 shows that a shockingly high number of 80% of the 18 to 65 year olds says they struggle with falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Especially insomnia, particularly severe sleep disturbances, concerns every tenth employee and can also entail declining concentration and reduced mental performance.

 

Source: DAK Healthreport 2017

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Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences

“Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences like depression and confusion of breathing, heartbeat, hormones and other functions.”

 

Studies have shown that a growing number of people suffers from sleep disturbances, which can severely affect their health in terms of muscle tension, body temperature, metabolism and other functions. According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick and the University College London with 4600 men and women, especially for women the risk of a heart attack increases with a lack of sleep.

 

Source: Apotheken Umschau