Most of us love listening to music. Music often allows us to express ourselves, connect with our inner and outer emotions and even connect with others. Research has even indicated that music causes our brains to release dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter in our brain that transmit signals that allow us to experience pleasure and rewards.
This means that when we are listening to the music we like (whichever your preferred genre is), our brain sends messages to our body and it makes us feel good (and even euphoric).
That might explain why some of us have a favorite song or artist that we can listen to over and over again.
What if I also told you that music could be used as a formal form of therapy?
Yes, Music Therapy is a real thing!
According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”
Music therapist utilize musical responses to assess, treat and work with clients. If you are interested in learning more please visit the AMTA website: www.musictherapy.org/about/
Even if music therapy isn't something you see yourself doing in the future, remember that music itself can be quite therapeutic to individuals. It might be a great way for you to self regulate. Next time you are feeling down, we encourage you to put on one of your favorite songs and let the neurochemicals in your brain make you feel a little better.
(As always, please reach out to a mental health professional here at New Leaf if you need support with your mental health.)