The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. As music can absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction at the same time it helps to explore emotions. This means it can be a great aid to meditation, helping to prevent the mind from wandering.
Musical preference varies widely between individuals, so only you can decide what you like and what is suitable for each mood. But even if you don't usually listen to classical music it may be worth giving it a try when selecting the most calming music. When people are very stressed, there is a tendency to avoid actively listening to music. Perhaps it feels like a waste of time, not helping to achieve anything. But as we know, productivity increases when stress is reduced, so this is another area where you can gain vast rewards. It just takes a small effort to begin with. To incorporate music into a busy life, try playing CDs in the car, or put the radio on when in the bath or shower. Take portable music with you when walking the dog, or put the stereo on instead of the TV. Singing (or shouting) along can also be a great release of tension, and karaoke is very enjoyable for some extroverts! Calming music
before bedtime promotes peace and relaxation and helps to induce sleep.
16 Ways to Benefit from Relaxation Music
1. Reducing Stress
Listening to soothing music that relaxes your body and elevates your mind can significantly reduce how much stress you feel. Relaxation music helps you connect to your inner peace. When you quiet your thoughts and feel your source of peace within, it`s like having a stress-proof field around you. Reducing stress not only makes you feel much better, it can also bring improved health.
2. Easier and Deeper Meditation
We became inspired to create music for meditation while backpacking in the Sequoia National Forest back in 1982, with a vision of how music and nature sounds could make meditation easier. Listening to relaxation music helps to quiet the mind, allowing you to enter into the place of deep stillness and inner peace that meditation brings.
3. More Fulfilling Yoga
To get the most out of Yoga, you need to slow down your breathing and stay in the present moment. Relaxation music and yoga music helps your mental chatter fade effortlessly away and you will find that you are able to reach each pose more deeply and hold them longer. Yoga then becomes a more enjoyable and more fulfilling experience.
4. Relax Your Body
Whether you`re enjoying a soothing hot bath at home, a visit to a spa, an acupuncture treatment, a deep massage, a Reiki session or sitting quietly in a garden or in nature, you will benefit more when you are deeply relaxed. Listening to healing music can help you let go and surrender to relaxation, it can inspire you as well, resulting in a deeper experience.
5. Healing and Renewal
It has been proven that when the body and mind are relaxed, the body`s natural ability to heal itself is greatly enhanced. By listening to deeply relaxing music, you can assist your body to release its healing powers. Studies have shown positive benefits when patients listen to relaxing music before and after surgery and in hospice settings.
6. Balance Your Life
In these busy times, it can be difficult to create a sense of balance in our lives. By listening to relaxation music, you can create a zone of peace that allows you to experience each day from a place of alignment with your true nature. Our meditation music and nature music are also very popular with practitioners of Qi Gong and T`ai Chi.
7. Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep More Deeply
Many of our listeners find that listening to our relaxation music before retiring or as they drift off to sleep allows them to let go of the day`s worries, quiet their thoughts and fall asleep easier. The soothing sleep music helps to re-establish a connection to your sense of inner peace and allows you to feel completely secure and enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep.
8. Mindful Meals
Experts agree that being relaxed and eating slowly plays a key role in the digestion process. Relaxing music creates a tranquil environment for you and your family that makes mealtime a healthier and more pleasurable experience. Also, a recent study showed that eating quickly contributes to weight gain, so listening to peaceful music at mealtimes can help keep extra weight off as well.
9. Calm Airplane Travel
Air travel can be a daunting experience for many travelers. Listening to calming music before and during your flight can greatly reduce feelings of stress by surrounding you with an atmosphere of serenity.
10. Soothing Babies and Young Children
Relaxation music can be a big help for parents at naptimes and in the evenings before bed, with its soothing effect on infants and children. We`ve enjoyed reading the many letters and emails from our listeners thanking us for helping their children fall asleep easier and staying asleep longer.
11. Reducing Pain
Music can be helpful to those suffering from physical pain. Studies have shown that people who listen to soothing music have requested less pain medication after surgery and that relaxation music can also help them manage chronic pain.
12. Better Concentration at Work
Have you ever noticed how much more you can get done when you are less tense and more relaxed? Listening to meditation music makes it easier to focus your mind while working. Listeners who have the freedom to listen to our relaxing music while they work have found that it helps them accomplish more.
13. Intimacy and Tantra
Listing to tantra music is good during intimate moments between you and your partner and can enhance your mutual experience. As you both listen, you relax, your breathing slows and you become more centered. When you meet in a place of inner peace, you can connect on a deeper and more satisfying level.
14. Morning Inspiration
When you start the day filled with gratitude and inner peace, the rest of your day unfolds in a more harmonious way. Listening to relaxation music in the morning can help put you in a peaceful mood that will stay with you throughout the day.
15. Reading and Studying
Listeners have shared with us how much they enjoy listening to our meditation or nature music while they read. We`ve heard from students that our relaxing music makes their hours of study more productive. We personally enjoy listening to music for reading and studying music for reading and studying while we read, so this came as no surprise to us!
16. Rejuvenating Bath
Sometimes you need a little time just for yourself. Relaxing in a warm bath is a good way to take that time. To get the most out of the experience, light some candles, put on one of our relaxation or nature music albums and allow yourself to drift away into a refreshing bliss
The "Escapes" Music for Relaxing CD
(and download) is a soothing collection of original melodies featuring beautifully arranged acoustic guitars, piano, strings, and flutes. One full hour of smooth and melodic music, each song has its own unique sound, yet the relaxing tone of the CD remains fluid throughout the entire album. The tempo is ideal for healing and is often used for meditation, massage, reiki, and yoga. It`s almost always on Amazon`s Top 10 "Relaxation Music" list! It's also a wonderful way to drift off to sleep. Beautiful and inspiring, "Escapes" can also kick your creativity into high gear, as well as to make more mundane chores less stressful and to seem more like an "afternoon meditation". Long drives pass quickly and dishes seem to do themselves. Artists and writers have found that it creates just the right ambiance for creative thinking. Many parents of special needs children have found that "Escapes" can help to settle their kids down enough to drift off to sleep pleasantly, helping to make bedtime relaxing for everyone. Jeff's very special nephew Russell helped to popularize "Escapes" by sharing it with his schoolmates and therapists, who found it to be effective for them too. "Escapes" has become an important part of many special needs dance, music and yoga programs and students of all abilities have found that it helps improve focus while studying.
I have always been one to enjoy relaxing music. Particularly when I`m working - whether computer wise, crafting, etc. This CD is thoroughly relaxing. It has a relaxing and light melody to all 15 songs. Each song averages 3-4 minutes in length as well so you`re not stuck with super short or annoyingly long songs. The whole cd itself is an hour long which is long enough to help you drift off to sleep. I have an almost 11-month-old son who easily sleeps through the night to this CD. I also noticed that my cats (all 6 of them!) were almost immediately relaxed upon playing the music. I love distressing to "Escapes" now. I particularly love reading a good book with the cd playing lightly in the background. This was definitely the perfect addition to my music collection and perfect for relaxing!
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