One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Our inner ear provides us with a lot of information about the world around us. This sound travels through the ear by means of the auditory nerve, then to be processed by our brain. Even if we were blindfolded, we would be able to identify if we were in a large stadium versus a small confined room based on the sounds and how that sound travels through space.
Music has the ability to produce an orienting response. Sounds reclaim life, boosts performance, and energizes perception.
Picture grandma dropping a pan and automatically everyone in the room turns to see what it is – they orient towards that sound. Although we usually view loud noises as environmental noise pollution other types of more organized music have the ability to provide us with an orienting response in a more subtle way.
When feeling sluggish, anxious, or overwhelmed it is common to go into fight-or-flight mode.
- Shoulders begin to hunch.
- More effort is required to focus on only what we have to.
- Fewer deadlines are met.
- A guarded approach to the world reduces productivity.
Listening to music:
- delights the inner ear, the brain and then the body with stimulated patterns;
- powers core activation plus postural organization regulates breathing patterns;
- orients focus to be able to block out other environmental noise; and
- anxiety surrenders in provoking procedures leading to feelings, including pain.
Music of all types has the ability to do this – big band, jazz, rock.
Questions to ask:
- What music is preferred?
- Are there patterns with energetic rhythms (i.e. rumba or a calming classical piece)?
Learn what rhythmic patterns boost productivity with our Equip package. Trial these auditory experiences to explore preferences: