Most people can remember a moment when music has made them feel happy. Its power as a healing tool is undeniable, and music therapy for older people or people with dementia or a disability can result in improvement within their physical, social, and emotional health.
What Is Music Therapy?
Music therapy provides a secure and nurturing space of acceptance through playing and listening to different forms of music.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to music therapy. In passive music therapy, clients may enjoy listening to music and be invited to visualise images. Favourite music chosen from your loved one’s childhood or younger years may be used to evoke engagement and recollection of happy memories.
In active music therapy sessions, participants are encouraged to try playing or improvising music, or taking part in other activities. This can involve playing an instrument, singing, songwriting or even dancing.
Throughout history, music has been recognised for its therapeutic benefits. In World War II, medical professionals noticed that when music was played, it positively affected the wellbeing of wounded soldiers. As time has progressed, neuroscientists have begun studying how music affects our brains and makes us react the way it does.
What Are the Benefits of Music Therapy?
The experience of participating in music therapy can be really enjoyable, helping us to feel and express a range of emotions. In people with issues communicating, responses such as singing or humming can promote reconnection with loved ones.
Music is also known to move us, increase our holistic wellbeing and even make an impact on our sleeping patterns. Participation can help people to learn, interact and grow while expressing feelings in a safe environment.
Research has found that music therapy helps us to connect with each other and the world around us. It can also have a range of other incredible benefits:
Lowering blood pressure
Improving breathing rate
Relaxing muscle tension
Evoking happy memories
Music Therapy with Focus Care
If you are interested in the power of music therapy, we can help. Our Registered Music Therapists offer one-on-one as well as group music therapy sessions to our aged care, dementia care and disability support clients. If you have a Home Care Package or an NDIS Plan, music therapy sessions can be paid for within your budget. Our creative therapies can also be paid for privately.
Music therapy does not require any prior experience with playing an instrument. Our qualified music therapists tailor the session to each client, based on their ability and preferences.
As always, we are here to answer your questions, or set up a no-obligation, complimentary care consultation. Contact us now.