Well being/relaxation and music

“Turns out music may be one of the best de-stressors — either by playing or even listening to music.” […]

“The setup was basically the same as with the laughter study: Using high-tech imaging, Miller measured blood vessel size as people listened to music. The results did not surprise Miller. “The inner lining of the blood vessel relaxed, opened up and produced chemicals that are protective to the heart,” he said.” “But when participants listened to music they didn’t particularly enjoy, Miller said, “the vessels actually began to close up.” […]

“That’s exactly what tension — or stress — does.”

in The power of music: It’s a real heart opener

The classical Master Beethoven, for example, was justly famous for being able to evoke specific emotions in his listeners, and wrote pieces that we still listen to today to evoke joy, sadness, loss and return.” […]

“Some types of music can relax us. After a stressful work day, classical music, certain types of jazz, or our favorite ballad singer can physically relax our bodies and distract our minds from the cares of the day – at least for a while. On the other hand, loud, fast music with a strong beat can exhilarate (or bother) us. In fact, sometimes we may prefer one kind of music or artist, and at other times that’s the last thing we want to listen to.” […]

“What is the emotional hook music has on us all about? There is something going on here besides sound waves, the mechanism of the ear, and synapses firing in the brain. Apparently, music and mood are intimately connected in some non-physical way.” […]

“Used in certain ways, one of the principal powers of music can be to induce altered states of consciousness (ASC’s). These can be anything from a very relaxed state, to a much deeper state, where non-ordinary realities can be experienced.” […]

“Calling this a dream seemed to be wholly inadequate; the word vision came closer. But experience seems more accurate. These experiences have generally been of a place and time, if you will, that is distinct from ordinary, waking reality. It is not that the music creates these realities or their contents, for they are all distinctly different for each person.” […]

“Music and sound also have the power to heal body, mind and spirit.”

in The power of music

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About Karate-Do

I investigate about the fundamentals and principles of Karate-Do Shotokai - the practice of Mitsusuki Harada Sensei.
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