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.



Back Pain in Milton Keynes? Try Bowen Therapy

Back Pain in Milton Keynes? Try Bowen TherapyHow many people on a daily basis suffer with back pain and don’t know where to turn for help? We have all reached for the pain killers in desperation and maybe visited the GP looking for a solution. Back pain can leave you feeling helpless, with restricted movement and inability to carry out everyday activities – something as simple as putting on your own socks becomes a nearly impossible task. No one likes taking drugs because of the side effects. How many people don’t consider alternative therapies because of the reputation of the ‘quack’ physician?

Quite often the reason for back pain is poor posture, as explained in my earlier blog ‘Sitting at a Computer All Day?’. Pain often takes time to appear and by the time it does we have already developed a bad habit. One of my personal bad habits is to sit on the sofa while watching TV and unconsciously sit with one of my legs folded underneath me. I then wondered why my pelvis was frequently out of alignment until a fellow therapist pointed this out to me.

Back Pain in Milton Keynes? Try Bowen TherapyThe most common reason for people seeking Bowen Treatment is back pain although most conditions can respond well to this complementary therapy. This is because it is a holistic treatment where the therapist uses a gentle but precise series of rolling type movements which can bring relief without the need for manipulation. Although every-body is unique the average number of treatments required is three.

Once you are feeling improvement it is important to be conscious about the way you are sitting and standing on a daily basis. Observe what habits you may have fallen into and check yourself to prevent further injury. If, like me, you spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, yoga and Pilates are great ways to help you develop core strength to protect your back and increase overall flexibility.

At my clinic in Milton Keynes, free 15 minute consultations are available so that you can come and discuss Bowen treatment with me with no obligation and I can answer any questions you may have. Email Sue Jaycock, at to book your free consultation.  My clinic has plenty of free parking right outside and is easy to access.