Mood and Music

mood and musicI don’t know about you, but sometimes you have a bad day, no particular reason that you can put your finger on but you feel a bit down.  I was interested recently that when I was feeling like this, and I put on some favourite Meat Loaf tracks (I know, I am getting on a bit) and suddenly my mood lifted and I was feeling happy again, singing along at the top of my voice.  Why is this I found myself wondering.

So I read up on it.  Music is ‘managed’ in the areas that deal with emotions and mood, apparently.  One of these key areas is the hippocampus and this structure is responsible for various things including the consolidation of new memories and bringing about emotional responses.  The prefrontal cortex is another area which manages extreme impulses of behaviour. Because music reaches emotion related barriers, music can be utilized as a mood changing therapy for people suffering from anxiety and depression.   Interesting, so music can uplift your mood and make you feel good.  I am sure that singing along helps even more (unless, of course, you happen to be the one listening!)

Definitely I would much rather turn the music up than take antidepressants.  I am sure the way music works also depends what memories are associated with the music and what type of music you are listening to.

When I am doing Aromatherapy treatments I normally have some relaxing music on, depending on the client’s preferences.  However with Bowen we are told during training not to have any music, and perhaps this is why, because it can change the way a person feels.  Interesting.

Leave me a comment, I would be interested to know your experiences.