Harness the healing power of harmony at home
You donít have to be formally trained to help an ill loved one reap the holistic healing benefits of music. Snyder-Cowan offers a few simple suggestions:
Make your own music: If you or your loved one have a passion for playing a particular instrument, donít hesitate to dust off the old six-string and strum out a few chords. ďLive music has its own set of special rewards,Ē says Snyder-Cowan.
Travel to another time or place: Music and memory are intimately intertwined. To help your loved one get in touch with their past, try playing music that was popular when they were in their 20s and 30s.
Match tempo to temper: No one genre of music is more therapeutic than another. According to Snyder-Cowan, itís all about personal preference. Pick songs that you and your loved one enjoy listening to. Keeping in mind the principal of entrainment, try to synchronize the songs to the mood youíre trying to invoke.
Highlight hobbies: For example, a sick person may not be able to visit the opera like he used to, but that doesnít mean he has to forgo his favorite arias. You can help bring the opera to him by purchasing or downloading some of his favorite performances and playing them.