In his book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, famed neurologist Oliver Sacks says, “our auditory systems, our nervous systems are, indeed, exquisitely tuned for music. The emotional responses to music can be unbelievably complex and mysterious and deep.” It is scientific confirmation of what humans have known for centuries: music has tremendous power to shape our emotions.
Music cuts to our core. It hits us. It makes us feel - making calm music is the perfect refuge from our busy lives, the responsibilities of work and family, and from 24/7 connectivity.
The calming power of music is why we started Calm Radio. Over 10 years ago, we launched with a solo piano channel. Since then, we have added over 500 channels, all with the same goal: to help you live a more relaxing, calmer life. Here’s why this type of music is so essential.
What Calm Music Does to You
Many believe that music can actually heal our mind, body, and soul. We do. There’s no denying that music has a powerful ability to shape our environment. Science is providing significant insights into the power of music.
A recent meta-analysis of 400 studies in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences concluded that music can dramatically lower the level of the stress hormone cortisol and reduce anxiety by up to 65 percent. Amazingly, relaxing music can even slow our heartbeat.
Learn more about music’s powerful ability to help us relax.
The Calming Power of Classical Music
Numerous studies have uncovered the physical power of classical music in particular. Aided by modern-medical equipment, studies are revealing the power of Mozart, Bach, and others on our brains, including areas responsible for movement, language, attention, memory, and emotion.
Classical music has the power to:
- Decrease Blood Pressure
- Decrease Pain
- Make You Feel Good
- Reduce Stress Levels
- Improve Focus and Study
- Reduce Sleeping Problems
Read more about how Classical Music has the power to calm us.
Music For Meditation
A key benefit of listening to music while meditating is a reduction in your levels of stress and anxiety. When you listen to pleasant and soft music during meditation, you will feel calmer and the pressures of life fade - allowing for a better meditation experience.
Outside of meditation, studies show that workplaces where meditation music is playing experience much lower levels of stress and anxiety than those that have loud music or no music playing at all.
Discover more about the benefits of meditation music.
Activating Your Parasympathetic Zone With Relaxing Music
The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is where our body wants to be when we are not in danger. It lets us conduct the day to day business of life like eating, sleeping, and recovering. The more time we spend in PSNS, the healthier we are. Listening to relaxing music helps put us there. Here’s how it does that.
Find Calm in Relaxing Music and Nature Sounds
Enjoy all Calm Radio free online music channels in the Calm app available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Alexa, Roku, Sonos, Bluesound, Kindle and many other mobile apps.
Thanks for listening. Remember to be calm, invite harmony.