I had to find out for myself.
Meditative music has been around for thousands of years. The healing effects weren’t documented or rumored in many cultures yet. Now, the power of meditation has taken on a new form and a new name.
The trend of meditative music is growing exponentially, with a surge in popularity in the U.S. and throughout the world. The healing power of music — and now, binaural beats — has been used for but is not limited to alleviating:
- reducing anxiety
- decreasing cravings
- lowering pain
- calming stress
Research has found that in some cases people have experienced way more than relaxation. People reported they had gotten a feeling of euphoric intoxication from listening to these frequencies. These frequencies have also been said to:
- Increased creativity
- Improve sleep
- Aids in attention and focus
- Reduces anxiety
Binaural beats are sound waves that resonate at different frequencies, which can alter the brain’s mental state It is music that employs the use of two different tones to create a wave or beat, within the brain. The waveforms can be used to guide the listener, through the frequency of each wave, into specific zones that can be linked to the desired effect, from relaxation to mood alteration. The effects of profound relaxation can last through the day as well.
In today’s busy world, more and more people are turning to meditation to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. And while meditation has been reported as increasing spirituality, creativity, and positivity, research has found that in some cases people have experienced way more than relaxation. People reported they had gotten a euphoric high from listening to these frequencies.
The study was done by a team of researchers at the University of Freiburg in Germany. The researchers used an app called my brain to play binaural beats. The binaural beats were then played through headphones that were placed on the participant's heads so their brain waves could be measured.
The results of the study showed that 40% of the participants had experienced heightened activity in their brain’s pleasure center. The study also showed that 54% of the participants experienced increased levels of the hormone Prolactin which is responsible for the body’s feeling of relaxation and pleasure
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