Relaxation & Music – Lab/Research Study

Music therapy has been used for centuries as a way to relax and improve overall health.

These are the10 most relaxing songs on earth according to a study documented by

Neuroscientists from the UK have specified which music has the most relaxing effects on the human body. The study was conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors. These puzzles are known to cause levels of stress and subjects were monitored to measure EEG, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.

Subjects were asked to listen to music while performing these tasks and according to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson ofMindlab International, which conducted the research, one song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.

The song, “Weightless” by Marconi Union, resulted in a 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

The song was composed to be a relaxation inducing sound and was made in collaboration with sound/music therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

This can be tested right in the lab recording the subject’s baseline values and then recording while they are listening to the song “Weightless”. You can also compare these “Top 10” relaxing songs to see if one really does work better than the others.

10.We Can Fly by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
9.Canzonetta Sull’aria by Mozart
8.Someone Like You by Adele
7.Pure Shores by All Saints
6.Please Don’t Go by Barcelona
5.Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
4.Watermark by Enya
3.Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) by DJ Shah
2.Electra by Airstream
1.Weightless by Marconi Union
Download the Lab (.pdf)

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