The Magical Synergy of Music & Motion

It seems that almost every week I hear about some new study confirming the power of music.  Whether we are listening to music, moving to it, or playing a musical instrument, music has almost mystical abilities to affect us positively on many levels (or negatively if the wrong kind of music is used!).  The list of the benefits of good music range from simply making us feel good to actually causing positive physiological changes in our bodies, or even raising our level of consciousness.  Volumes have been written, and will continue to be written, about the powerful effects that music has on our mind, body, and spirit.

The same goes for the value of exercise.  We keep hearing more and more reasons why the right kind of exercise regimen is critical for keeping us healthy and happy.  To experience the benefits of music is very easy (all we have to do is sit and listen to our favorite tunes), but getting similar benefits from exercise requires more effort.

To help us gain the benefits of exercise, good music can be an invaluable aid.  Combining the two gives us so much more for our time and effort. That’s why I’m a big fan of bellydancing (and other dance exercise workouts).  Listening to the right type of music gets our feet to tapping and our bodies to moving.  You can hardly not move to good music because music actually entrains our mind and bodies to its’ beat and draws us deeper into the experience of the moment.

If you move to the right kind of music, it can magnify and enhance the effects you wish to achieve with exercising.  For example if you want an energetic, aerobic workout, choosing music that you like with a faster beat will make it easier for your body to work harder, yet will still keep your workout enjoyable.  Conversely, if you want a more meditative workout (perhaps with lots of deep stretching), music with a slower tempo will relax your body and calm your mind.  Rhythm, tonality, instrumentation, and many other factors in music have different mental, physical, and emotional effects on each of us.

It can be both fun and rewarding to experiment with bellydancing (or just plain exercising) to different types of music to see which types motivate and empower you the most.  When you use the right combination of music and motion, you’ll find that the total effect is magical and is even greater than the sum of the individual parts.

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