Sounds that heal
The instruments to be caressed by the hand of man sounds that produce different emotions in both the performer and the listener.
The inner feeling that is manifested by passive listening or execute an instrument guided way to receive or deliver the vibration of a drum, the soft sound of a flute, the gentleness of a piano or a harmonious blend of strings of a guitar is different for each person.
“For me, music is the most interesting and versatile man, and the best food for the soul,” says Aury Tovar, psychologist and music therapist.
She is a pioneer in Venezuela in this discipline that combines knowledge of behavior and emotions with the magic of music and, thanks to the research that has promoted both at the University of Carabobo and at the Pedagogical University Experimental Libertador, has achieved training of 60 professionals in the area.
“Everyone, regardless of age, sex or health condition can benefit from music therapy,” says Aury Tovar on this topic has captivated musicians, academics and professionals worldwide.
Currently, many laboratory studies that support its power as a tool for health to the point that, Temple University, Philadelphia, is taught and a doctorate in music therapy.
- What is music therapy?
“Music therapy is an ancient discipline that involves the use of music and its elements, to follow therapeutic processes in which they induce, or encourage states and evokes different behaviors.
- How do you work in a music therapy session?
“Before we started the music therapy session, you should check what is going to work, setting long-term goals, medium and short term, specific tasks to follow.
The duration, frequency and characteristics of each meeting will depend on what is working and with whom.
Music therapy consultation should take place in an area where, in advance, is planning what sounds, instruments and activities to be performed.
You can work on individual or group format, the latter is very effective for people with problems like addictions, self-esteem and communication.
- What are the benefits to the immune system?
“It’s more than proven that the immune system is susceptible and that goes hand in hand for the emotional changes of being human.
The music itself is not a cure, however, it affects or is likely to induce different states in an individual.
When used some music or sounds in a systematic way, together with other strategies such as guided imagery and relaxation, is a powerful means to enhance immune system changes.
- How is the receptivity of people to this therapeutic tool?
“Music therapy is constantly challenged, especially in Venezuela, given the lack of knowledge and a lot of people empirically and unscrupulous, who use it without formal studies.
However, once it is applied in a serious, no doubt, may be useful as a support tool in the area of education and health.
- What are the benefits for the patient?
The music when used as a therapeutic tool in the hands of a professional the following benefits:
- Physiological aspects: conducive to the increase or decrease in breathing and blood pressure, generates a greater or less activation of brain waves, an increase or decrease in muscle activity generates electrical tracing changes in the organism and cause changes in the immune system.
- Socio – Emotional helps to communicate and express moods, mood changes, help to wake up, identify, evoke and provoke emotions or feelings.
- Cognitive aspects: it stimulates the imagination and creativity, helps to evoke images and memories, it helps to recall information, stimulates the readiness and ability of attention, benefits memory, improves the sense of orientation and alertness power.
- Socio-emotional: it promotes social interaction, facilitates social cohesion, encourages dialogue and communication, helps develop social skills and improves the ability of expression.
- And other behavioral aspects, contributes to the creation, growth, empowerment, decline and extinction of behavior and encourages the strengthening, reduction and precision of movement.
- Issues with language and hearing sharpens discrimination of sounds, improved speech and language assistance in the creation and repetition of phrases and sentences.
- Spiritual aspect: it offers an experience of peace, serenity, harmony, wisdom, creates an atmosphere of meditation, invites reflection, spirituality and promotes feelings of fullness and well-being
- What it takes to be a music therapist
“The profile of the music therapist requires, in principle, the domain of the two disciplines that form. That is, should hear music, play instruments as much as possible, at least to accompany simple melodies.
Additionally you must know the tools most common therapeutic intervention in psychology.
Finally, master models, relevant techniques and procedures used for the application of music therapy.