Music Therapy and Obesity: How Does It Work?

In music therapy, the clients listen to (or focus on) selective musical melodies in a calm and distraction-free room or lab for some time so they can notice the change in their sensory receptors through introspection and biofeedback instrument readings such as Heartbeat, respiratory rate, EEG, and body temperature measurement. After a couple of sessions, these melodies and music frequencies start showing changes in the client’s body’s chemistry, and it returns to its natural homeostasis.

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Fact: There is literature and other pieces of evidence that confirm that the history of music therapy dates back to the 18th century. So the question remains:

How does this music therapy work?

The calm properties of instrumental or classical music frequencies help participants sustain long-term focus on them, and while they are focused on these melodies, the brain activities in emotional regions of the brain slowly get reduced. This ultimately leads to the closure of overly emotional thinking, and an immediate decrease in stress-and anxiety-related hormones and biochemistry can be observed.

Studies suggest that stress hormones and anxiety-led emotional reasoning may cause overeating behaviour in some people which also results in a change in metabolic activities. But undergoing musical therapy for a long time reduces the excess of stress hormones and results in a reduction in body weight.

The calm state of mind, as a result of music therapy, helps individuals to plan and execute mindful eating and use better coping skills; this also helps in the management of obesity, stress, and anxiety.

The more focused and less stressed people tend to manage their work and life significantly better than those suffering from stress and anxiety; thus, it helps them to manage their stress level and prevent themselves from extra stress that can lead to excessive use of tea, coffee, sweets, alcohol, and fast foods.

The process and benefits of music therapy are as follows:

1. Music therapy is a holistic approach to addressing obesity-related physical, psychological, and social concerns.

2. Music helps therapist’s express emotions, focus, and find fresh vitality.

3. Music therapy for obesity can help individuals discover and change bad habits.

4. Music helps people express themselves, gain self-control, and practise mindful eating.

5. Music therapy can help people adopt healthy eating habits, psychologically, emotionally, and physically.

6. By reducing the level of stress hormones, music therapy improves dietary interactions and physical activity.

7. Music therapy encourages better lifestyles and weight loss.

In conclusion, it can be said that music therapy helps individuals manage their distractions, reduce stress hormones, increase the relaxed state of mind and body, and ultimately benefit people by helping them manage their body weight, adopt healthy and mindful eating, feel psychologically calm, and maintain a balance in an overactive or underactive digestive system.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What do you already know about music therapy?

  2. Do you have any questions?

  3. Did you use music therapy as a practitioner or as a client?

Please let us know in the comment section, and thanks for your time.


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Disclaimer: This article is for general information only and does not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For your mental health, always consult a doctor or psychologist.

In music therapy, the clients listen to (or focus on) selective musical melodies in a calm and distraction-free room or lab for some time so they can notice the change in their sensory receptors through introspection and biofeedback instrument readings…

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