Music therapy, one of the oldest and natural forms of correction of emotional states, is defined broadly as the use of music in the treatment of people who have problems of a mental, physical, and/or emotional nature. Music therapy was officially recognized in Europe in 19th century by leading doctors and is still nowadays a vastly growing field of health care.
Music affects the body and mind in many powerful ways. It has a profound effect on our body and psyche, nevertheless, this therapy suits everyone regardless of age, health condition or musical abilities. It helps people with mental or physical disabilities, neurological problems, helps elderly to cope with acute and chronic diseases. In addition, it relieves pain and reduces nervous tension.
Several studies have shown analgesic and relaxing properties of music therapy that has been used in treating chronic pain syndromes of different etiologies. There has been improvement in the process of rehabilitation: improved functional status and reduced pathological symptoms. Music has influence on the neuroendocrine function, in particular the level of hormones in the blood that play a crucial role in all emotional reactions.
Nowadays life tends to be very busy and therefore full of stress, against which music therapy is a good preventive means as well as a supporting feature of everyday actions. Music has emotional and creative organizing qualities, which are used in medical communication, to facilitate contact, interaction, self-expression and self-development.
There are two forms of music therapy – passive and active. During a passive music therapy patient is listening to various types of music, according to the state of their mental health and the course of the treatment. During active music sessions, patients are involved in creating and performing music.
Four music pieces were composed specifically for treatments carried out in NeoQi equipment, by the Estonian music therapist Dali Kask, one of the most recognized experts in the field. This music accompaniment has a positive and magnifying impact on the perception of the treatment and can be combined with aromatherapy or breathing exercises.
Rhythmic components of music help to increase vitality. During music therapy, a constant flow of energy passes within our body until the harmony is achieved. Music therapy leads a person to understanding and usage of the power of this harmony that seamlessly guides the process of achieving it.