It is human nature to respond to music in one way or the other. This fact encouraged the use of music in therapies to cure humans from certain disorders. Music therapy is one of the various expressive therapies. It typically consists of an interactive procedure during which a qualified therapist uses a particular type of music to help his clients recover or maintain their health.

Music Therapy in the Modern World

Music therapy is performed with the intent to bring constructive changes in the wellbeing of an individual. The therapeutic benefits of music have been acknowledged since prehistoric era. Even in the modern age, it is getting a wider acclamation. The most noticeable occurrence of music therapy in modern times was when it was used during both WorldWars in the hospitals in United Kingdom where soldiers suffering from emotional or physical trauma were kept. During 1944, The University of Kansas became the first university in the USA to offer a degree programme in music therapy. Nowadays, many academic institutes offer various courses in music therapy.

Effects of Music Therapy on Humans

Recent researches have revealed that music has profound effects on human body as well as psyche: music with a strong beat can spark the brainwaves to reverberate in synchronization with the beat; fluctuations in brainwaves, caused by music trigger other changes in bodily functions such as breathing and heart rates; music can bring a more positive state of mind and also regulate blood pressure, aid immune system and release muscle tension.

Reiki and Music Therapy

Humans associate different types of music with different times, places, people and occasions. This has led some practitioners, associate music with Reiki. Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art which requires a Reiki practitioner or Reiki master to remove the negative energies and balance the energies in the recipient to cure him from emotional, mental or physical ailments. Some Reiki practitioners play background music during the session while there are others who do their session in utter quietness. Therefore, playing music during Reiki is not compulsory. Music associated with Reiki is called Reiki music, and is usually soft and gentle in nature. Some practitioners prefer natural sounds such as chirping of birds or cascading of waters while other use instrumental music.As a matter of fact, everyone has a different taste when it comes to music. Forcing someone to listen to relaxation music that he does not like will only cause more stress, not relief.

As Reiki is a spiritual procedure, it needs utmost relaxation and serenity. Therefore, if Reiki music is used during a session, proper attention should be paid before choosing it. Suitable music can help smooth flow of energy during Reiki and boost the results. However, Reiki music can also be listened to on its own, which can be regarded as music therapy.

Music therapy as well as Reiki Healing is an alternate treatment. They work best when used to complement a standard medical treatment. However, using any of these as in place of medical treatment can worsen the condition.