It soothes our anxieties, promotes concentration, stimulates memory, facilitates the learning of language… has long Been known that music softens the manners. Today, scientists explain why.
– Updated on February 15, 2019 at 13:34
A half-hour of classical music per day : it is compulsory for all children of Florida, in the United States. Nicknamed Beethoven”s Babies Bill, the act 660 was not for the sole purpose of helping small to fall asleep at nap time, it also aims to stimulate the smooth integration of their brain development…
In France, the beneficial action of the music is not completely unknown. In the parisian hospitals Armand-Trousseau, and Necker, the rooms préanesthésie infant become real concert halls : children, parents and caregivers can manipulate instruments, discover the sounds, improvise or listen to the tapes. After this start condition, a musician accompanies the child into the operating room, making it echo in the maze of corridors, elevators, and other places cold strangers, harmonious sounds, and reassuring. The results are inconclusive, since the music plays a positive role on the success of anesthesia, and help children experience the trauma of their stay in the hospital.
Another amazing experience performed in the subway to Newcastle, England : responsible for the safety of the stations have replaced the broadcast of rock music by the baroque. Vandalism and assaults have decreased by half ! Since, all the services have been ordered to broadcast melodies sweet with traditional instruments rather than the howling electric groups in the top charts…. For many, music is only an entertainment, a hobby, or even a simple consumer product or a “background noise” for department stores… Yet, the men have always recognized the sounds of a real power. Plato only said it already, four centuries before Jesus-Christ, in the third book of his Republic : “music is a more powerful way than any other because rhythm and harmony find their seat in the soul. It adds to this last, he gives him the grace and the illuminates. “
The sounds react to our cells
To understand how the music works on us, he must know that it has nothing to do with intangible and does not pass instruments directly to our brain. Its medium is the air, the air that we breathe. Whether it’s the sounds of the soothing of a bell or the deafening din of a jackhammer, all the sounds that move air, exerting a “pressure acoustics” which caressed or hit our eardrums. By the way, all the sounds have their own frequency, their own vibration : too much treble or too serious, we do not intend to. However, these last are not intangible either.
Us researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena have found that by sending ultrasound to be very powerful in a ball of glass filled with water, we saw the formation of small bubbles emitting flashes bluish. This phenomenon of “sonoluminescence” is proof that the sounds have a physical action on matter. Thus, even if our ear does not perceive, apparently, that the frequency ” medium-sized “, the first influence of music is exerted on the whole body.
In reality, our body is a veritable orchestra single : beats of the heart, cerebral rhythm, the breathing of the lungs, the speed of circulation of the blood, the vibration of the cells, impulses of the nervous system… If the rhythms and the frequencies outside are too quick, too aggressive, the performers in our orchestra within are disturbed. They try then to adapt in ” following the movement “.
Result : the stress and tension go up. Conversely, if the music between in correspondence with our biological rhythms, harmony reigns…
Vibrations that heal
Starting from this principle, the French researcher Fabien Maman, founder of the Academy, tama-do (“the way of the soul” in japanese) in London, has made his own synthesis of the universe of vibration (sounds, colors, smells, movements) and has developed a technique that is very original : to cure, it poses tuning forks – these small forks are used to tune the instruments – directly on the acupuncture points. The vibrations run the length of the muscles, nerves, bones… and “connect” our bodies and our energies.
Hélène Hennezel, a music therapist trained in tama-do, is also working with deaf people : “Their ears no longer work but their body hears the messages that are sent to it. During some sessions, I can almost see the journey of the sound waves as their presence is palpable. “
This is why certain frequencies, music – or sounds in our everyday environment – are resonant with those of our nervous system and provide a sensation of relief, of well-being. While other vibrations are in conflict with our domestic frequencies causing “false notes” that mishandle our nervous system. This physical phenomenon also explains the calming effect of the music tell of relaxation : the rhythms of the brain are adapted to those of the music, slow down their intensity and we do sometimes dive into a deep sleep.