Music Therapy: Classical Music for Health

Melanie Rodriguez 1



Classical music is not just ear-deep, it has a profound effect on your nervous system. The intricate structure of timeless melodies will work to improve your health, while you get your entertainment. 

Ever wonder why classical music shows no sign of withdrawing from concert halls, despite being around for ages? There are many reasons, but one of them will benefit your health directly.

Those intricately structured movements have a profound therapeutic effect on your nerves, helping to restore your nervous system on a subconscious level. That calm state you fall into during a Beethoven concert is no coincident. Your body is in therapy mode.

Most people can’t escape to a natural haven to rejuvenate their minds and relax their nerves, yet having time to reorganize mentally on a regular basis is necessary for overall health.  When people ignore this fact for too long, they get frazzled, nervous, and ill.

The beauty of classical music is that no matter where you are, you can synthesize your nerves, rest your brain, and relax your body– no environment change needed. Throw on some headphones, turn up the Chopin, and drop in for therapy.

Not All Sounds Are Therapeutic

City noises and various incoherent sounds of everyday life are not just annoying they disturb the nervous system, and it’s important to find a way to balance the adverse effects of negative sounds.

A sound is not ear- deep. A loud noise makes us jump.  A scratchy high-pitched voice, makes us cringe. It is said that a pleasant voice multiplies friends— it lures.  Have you noticed that when you jump, or cringe, or find yourself lured into someone’s tale, your physical reaction is not a conscious choice, but rather a subconscious response? Our bodies react to sound as much as our minds respond to words. It has to do with the complex way that sound waves penetrate the nervous system.

While living in the city, white noise penetrated my apartment walls.  On a good day, I could deal with the sounds of sirens and jangles of construction, but when my immune system was waining the noise was physically disruptive. When I discovered the physiologically calming effect of classical music, I would turn up the Marcello or Bach during moments of stress and felt my body begin to blossom from the inside.

It may take some digging to find classical music you genuinely like, but well worth the effort to have a few go-to compositions on hand for moments when your body calls for some R and R.

Try Classical Music for Your Health

Even if classical music isn’t your top choice, try finding a few works that move you and revert to them in times of stress or physical exhaustion. After all, classical music beats meds, instead of reaching for the Advil turn up the Albinoni and you will feel better. Trust me. My current favorites are Chopin’s Melody of Paradise

 and Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D-Minor