Good Vibrations

Written by: Lauren Vukicevich

string-theoryThere’s just something about music played electronically that does not compare to the live music experience. Among factors such as environmental context and lighting, sound vibration is the most important distinction.

People have noticed the positive effects of sound vibration for a long time, but the discovery of its medical uses are relatively new in our modern society.  There are a number of physiological effects that sound vibrations have on the human body, which makes them useful for people with a wide range of physical problems. Vibroacoustic therapy is a new practice which is used for pain management, anxiety relief, and overall health improvement. It has been proven to increase blood flow and improve muscle control in physical therapy patients.

Live music therapy is being used in hospitals to promote immune system functioning and reduce production of the stress hormone, cortisol, before and after patients undergo surgery. It is also a new remedy to facilitate bonding, promote relaxation, and steady breathing in premature infants. Music is being used as an alternative to anxiety and pain management drugs, and with no side effects!

Live music involves a blending of natural reflections that is unique to each room. True background noises combine with vibrations from instruments to create unique patterns and sounds. The way we interpret music has much to do with the surrounding environment, including the energy from people around us. Other people’s “vibrations” really do influence our perception of the music we hear.

Video lessons on Youtube and similar sites have become a cheap alternative to music lessons with a teacher, but with the money saved, there’s a trade-off. In music lessons, the structure of the environment plays a big role in the way each student learns. The flexibility of the teacher to accommodate the student’s needs and interests, allows the student to find their musical self and reach their full potential.


Music Motive instructor Emily Cox with student Eleanor Mann.

In studio lessons, the student is able to understand the timbre, or sound, that is supposed to come from the instrument. When they can hear the natural vibrations in this acoustic context, they are much more likely to achieve this sound themselves. We also happen to know that teachers can be great motivators!



To find out more about vibroacoustic therapy, visit the Life Sounds website.


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