Music therapy is the practice of using music to address your physical and emotional needs in a therapeutic environment. It may be used to help alleviate emotional, physical and social stresses caused by cancer, or to boost your mood and help you through cancer treatment and recovery.
Our certified music therapists are available to offer you an outlet to express feelings that may otherwise be difficult to talk about, and they may help you become more engaged in the treatment process. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we have mind-body therapists who assist patients with therapeutic expression through music.
Music therapy may include creating, singing, moving to or listening to music in an attempt to:
- Release negative emotion
- Express feelings that would otherwise go unsaid
- Reduce stress and relax the mind and body
- Allow for a sense of normalcy during uncertain times
- Help people live in the “here and now”
One of the simplest ways to experience the positive effects of music is to listen to music you enjoy. Other ways to incorporate music into everyday life include:
- Play an instrument.
- Sing a song.
- Participate in a group class where you can either listen to music or play along.
- Participate in a gong bath.
- Talk with a therapist about the feelings certain music evokes in you.