The Miracle of Music Therapy

The Miracle of Music Therapy

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Item Code: IDF294
Author: Rajendar Menon
Publisher: Pustak Mahal
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8122308066
Pages: 139 (Illustrated With B & W Figures)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.4"
Weight 170 gm
From the Back of the Book:

Music is all round us. It marks every event of our life, from birth, mirage and death to the phases in-between. Man has long known that music has the ability to calm, cajole and rejuvenate. But it is only recently that science has begun to understand, study and document the effects of music in methodology, which leaves little room for doubt.

It is now an established fact that music helps all living creatures - from plants to birds and animals and man - to grow and rejuvenate. Music permeates the cells of all living beings, alters mood swings, cell division, heals the ailing, includes sleep, creates wakefulness, and dances with the mood, the mind and the soul.

With the rishis of ancient India and the Vedas first documented the effects of music on the human being and all life, it was left to the western world of fashion the more modern concepts of healing through music. There are now serious music therapy courses in the world's best universities and remunerative openings abroad for music therapists. This book dwells heavily on the findings from ancient India and the masters of today who have made music therapy a viable healing alternative. It is the most comprehensive guide on the healing powers of sound & music.

About the Author:

Rajendar Menen is an award-winning journalist who has written over 2,000 articles in more than 30 journals in five countries. He has launched and edited magazines, co-authored three books on AIDS and prostitution in South Asia and freelanced for the BBC, UNFPA, Irish Education Society, France 2 and a number of other international media organizations. He has also authored books on Magneto-Therapy and Vaastu & Feng Shui both published by Pustak Mahal.

CONTENTS
Preface 7
Part I
ANCIENT REDISCOVERED
1. The Specialised Use of Music 11
2. Facilitating Communication 14
3. Rediscovering an Ancient Healing Technique 16
4. Sound Suggestions 24
5. Why Music Therapy? 25
6. The Multiple Benefits 26
7. Treating Alzheimer's Disease 33
Part II
AN ESOTERIC SCIENCE
1. Emotions and the Brain 37
2. Music as Therapy 40
3. Music as Medicine 43
4. Riddle of the Mozart Effect 45
5. How Does Music Heal? 51
6. What's So Special About Mozart? 53
7. More on Healing Music 55
8. The Power of Chant and toning 57
9. How Music Affects Us 59
10. Sound, Rhythm and Music 61
11. Harmonic Resonance 63
12. Different Music Therapy Methods 66
13. Six Tips for Using Music in Therapy & Education 69
Part III
THE INDIAN INFLUENCE
1. The Indian Way of Healing Sounds 73
2. The Perception of sound 77
3. Indian Music Therapy Practitioners 79
4. Aum - The Unstruck Sound 84
5. Audible Prana: The Powers of Vibrating Breath 88
6. Applying Self-Generated Sound in Yoga 91
7. Nada Yoga - The Yoga of Sound 94
8. Absorption in Sound 95
9. Toning 98
10. The Healing Aspects of Toning 103
11. Music, the Foetus and Vedic Chanting 107
12. Music in Auroville - The City of Dawn 109
13. Plants and Music Treatment 113
Part IV
QUERIES AND CASE STUDIES
1. Some Important Questions 119
2. The Miracle of a Brother's Song 126
3. A Health Report on the Healing Powers of Music 128
4. Divine Melodies 137
Bibliography 139
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