Music for the mind

musicIt has been found that music can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical condition.


Music is thought to link all the emotional, spiritual and physical elements of the universe, and it is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free of it even if we so desire. Its inter-connection with society has been recorded through most of history.


Music is such a unifying force that it breaks down racial and social barriers. It is beautiful to see how multi-cultural musical events are devoid of the usual discrimination and bigotry.


Certain music is known to induce a sense of euphoria in some individuals, proving to be an advantage in drug rehabilitation sessions.
Rhythm is very much related to the human form such as heartbeat, breathing, nerve impulses and even the rhythm of walking.
Responses to certain classical music have been found to lower heartbeat and pulse rate and improve concentration.


Music can also affect the frequency of brain waves, and the power of music to increase memory capacity is quite intriguing, influencing both the left and right brain. Research has found that music can trigger the release of dopamine, causing pleasurable stimuli. One could even say that "happiness begins here".


In addition to the effect of music on human behaviour, it has been discovered that both plants and animals respond to music too. Because certain domestic animals are highly sensitive to their surrounding and to human behaviour, melodies can either soothe them or trigger anxiety in them.


An interesting experiment was carried out at a lion park. When a violin was played, the lioness and cubs seemed to connect to the music and seemed relaxed. When more lively music was played, the cubs went up on their hind legs, showing keen interest!
A farmer in New Zealand, determined to prove a point, found that when music was played, his hens laid larger eggs and that his chickens were "mad for Mozart"!


Playing music for your plants may seem rather bizarre and yet vibrations from sound appear to influence them.
Just as humans respond to peace, beauty and joy, so do other lesser organisms. Plants have receptors that engage with the environment and have found to respond to the calls of birds in the wild. The effect of music on their growth has been documented by numerous growers.


As humans, we go about our business, oblivious to the many sounds that continually penetrate our brains, and we often lose sight of the fact that music can be a powerful ally in our lives. It is no wonder that a visit to a health spa, with esoteric music, induces better mood, peace and relaxation. When combined with the exquisite fragrances of some of MatsiMela Home Spa products, such as our Mud Scrubs, Massage Oils and Body Butters, the soothing effect on body, mind and soul will have you feeling renewed and invigorated.