MUSIC SERIES: How to Heal Your Body, Mind, and Soul (Part 4)

Written by Alex Reid
Posted July 30, 2020

Dear Reader,

Never underestimate the power of music.

In Part 3 of our music series, we explored research on how music can heal your body and mind. 

Music can help with…

  • Sleep disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Exercise performance
  • Inflammation
  • Behavior disorders

And so much more. 

Music can even raise your IQ. 

We’ve also talked about how music has these calming, yet joyful effects...

In the final part of this music series, we’re going to talk about what you can do today to start reaping the health benefits of music.

But first, this comes with a warning...

The first thing you should know is: Not all music leads to healing.

In fact, each genre can have drastically different effects on the body and mind. 

  1. Pop Music. Pop music may increase your motivation to workout but has no positive or negative effects on memory, heart rate, or blood pressure. So it has more of a neutral effect on your body.
  2. High-Energy Techno Music. This genre can increase your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones (like adrenaline and norepinephrine). This doesn’t mean that high-energy music is all bad. It can help improve your performance as you exercise, which can contribute to your overall health. But you shouldn’t listen to stress-inducing music when you’re already stressed. 
  3. Grunge Rock. Studies show that it reduces relaxation, mental clarity, caring, and vigor. It also increases sadness, tension, hostility, and fatigue. (So if you need motivation or relaxation, grunge is not the answer!)
  4. Classical Music. In contrast to grunge, classical music (like Mozart and Strauss) helps reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and stress. It also improves mental clarity, memory, IQ, and mood.
  5. OM Mantra Chanting. Other research shows that the ancient practice of OM mantra chanting can have significant effects on mental states. It can influence the nervous system, minimize stress, and induce deep relaxation.

So if you’re looking to boost your health and relax your mind, you’re far better off with classical music and OM chanting than grunge rock and techno.

But there’s another kind of music that has proven to be more effective than any other... 

It’s something called designer music.

Designer music is created to cause a specific reaction in the mind and body.

You can use this type of music as a remedy for tension, mental distractions, and negative moods.

The British Academy of Sound Therapy teamed up with a band called Marconi Union to create a song using scientific theory.

Meet "Weightless."

It's known as the world’s most relaxing song, and research backs up this claim. You can listen to it here.

Overall, scientific research shows that instrumental music between 60 and 80 beats per minute with low tones will have the most significant effect on relaxation, focus, mental clarity, heart health, and mood.

So, if you want to get the most out of music each day...

  • Listen to brighter and more energetic music in the mornings to boost your energy.
  • Listen to fast and high-energy music before and during workouts for motivation.
  • Listen to slow instrumental or classical music before bed and when you’re stressed.
  • Use OM chanting during meditation, yoga, and deep relaxation time.

We hope you enjoyed this series and that it helps you on your journey to a healthier body, mind, and soul.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ