Music has the power to transform our emotions and heal our mind.

Music and sounds are excellent resources in the quest for relaxation and visualization.Effective uses for listening to this type of music:
1. Reduce stress.
2. Enhance the power of visualization.
3. Promote healing.
4. Improve concentration and memory.
5. Boost creative thinking and idea generation.

There are many different types of compact discs and sound making devices on the market that can assist in the relaxation process.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Classical music CDs/tapes are a great way to unwind and put yourself in the mindset for relaxation and visualization.
Brahms’s “Lullaby”, Mozart’s “Baroque Music”, and “Waltzes” by Strauss are just a few examples of some of the most relaxing classical music out there.

2. Ambient Electronica (sometimes referred to as “downtempo” or “chillout”) CDs/tapes are another excellent choice for “music to relax”.

This particular genre of electronic music eschews the pulsating beat of techno and house for non-linear progressions, soothing melodies, syncopated rhythms and gentle sound effects.

Some great examples of this type of music are The Orb, Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin and Brian Eno.

3. New Age/Tribal music CDs/tapes are similar in sound and composition to Ambient Electronica, but feature more organic sounds and diverse non-electronic instruments such as didgeridoos, flutes, harpsichords, chimes and bells.

This type of music often uses rhythmic drumming (similar to the beats found in a tribal drum circle), chanting or throat sounds.

4. Sound Effects CDs/tapes are a bit different because they are not necessarily “music”. You can buy prerecorded media that has various soothing relaxation-oriented sound effects such as waterfalls, babbling brooks, wind, rain, whale songs, water drops, and other natural sounds.

Recordings of other types of sounds are also available such as busy city streets, fire engines, airplanes and other noise, which are great for city dwellers who find themselves somewhere out of their element where it is just too quiet.

The effectiveness of music as a therapeutic tool in dealing with stress varies from individual to individual.

Depending on the patient and type of stress, what works for one person will not necessarily work for another.

Some people will have better results with rhythm and gentle percussion, while others will respond more positively to melody or non-linear compositions.

Some will react to constant repetition, while others benefit from randomness.
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