Updated: Jun 7, 2019
In Breathwork we set the tone and create a supportive environment for engaging the breath and releasing stress through the use of music. Studies have shown that music and its rhythms can have a powerful effect on your brain rhythms, which are responsible for how you feel moment to moment throughout the day. How powerful? Good food and good sex powerful.
A study where participants’ brain activity was recorded while they listened to a favorite piece of music found that during peak emotional moments, dopamine, the feel good hormone released with biological rewards like eating and sex, was released deep within the brain.
So, what kind of music are we talking about? Research from Stanford University has shown that music with a strong beat stimulates the brain and causes brainwaves to resonate in time with the rhythm. Faster beats can encourage more alert and concentrated thinking by increasing blood flow throughout the brain. Music with slower beats can help relax the mind by encouraging the activation of alpha brainwaves, or slow brainwaves that are associated with meditative states.
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