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Mental health is an essential part of a person’s overall health and well-being. Dealing with depression or anxiety can make their performance at school, work, home, and social situations very difficult.
Many people are finding solace in The Listening Program®. TLP’s beautiful music provides a calming influence to regulate the nervous system to help create a sense of safety and security so people can flourish in meaningful ways, decreasing anxiety and depression. Many people have found TLP to be an essential part of improved mental health by rewiring neural networks gently in enjoyable ways.
This is done through scientifically designed music, which goes beyond the pleasure of listening to great music, and enters into the realm of therapeutic benefits.
Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain and improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. “There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does,” says one Johns Hopkins ENT doctor.
Music can activate almost all brain regions and networks. It can help keep a myriad of brain pathways and networks strong, including those involved in well-being, learning, cognitive function, quality of life, and happiness. By gently activating those regions through scientifically designed music, new neural connections are made, allowing people to enjoy the calm and soothing feelings of TLP even after their listening sessions.
TLP is more than feel-good music. It’s an innovative neuroscience-based music program for optimal brain health and functioning and has been shown in studies to decrease anxiety or depression in listeners of various ages.
It does this through carefully designed music that harnesses the power of sound frequency training, rhythm, and other neuroacoustic modifications to target different areas of brain function and performance.
Decades of work in brain health make it clear that sound frequencies directly relate to human brain function.
Sound vibration touches you at every moment. Certain sounds provided in the right context can organize the brain’s neural activity, support health, balance emotions, and help you feel vibrant and energized throughout your day.
Findings in neuroimaging have made it clear that our brains respond differently to various sound frequencies. For example, when low sound frequencies are heard, a person feels more connected to their body. Low frequencies also help to lower heart rate, improve respiration, and give an overall sense of calm and safety.
The mid-range sound frequencies bring different benefits that can decrease social anxiety by improving communication skills. By using mid-range frequencies, the brain’s language centers are stimulated, leading to changes related to speech and language, memory, and attention.
The high-frequency zones bring about changes in alertness, motivation, and independence, which again can help improve feelings of anxiety and depression, while also promoting improvements in organization, clarity of thoughts, focus, and attention.
TLP uses low, mid, and high range frequencies throughout each of the four TLP Core Programs. Each 15-minute module intentionally takes a listener through a journey of different frequencies to target the calming centers of the brain at various times to allow for the most beneficial listening time when it comes to emotional and mood regulation.
TLP has a rapid and profound effect on people of all ages who want to improve their emotional regulation ability. It is an effective solution to systematically shift the brain from the sympathetic fight or flight response to the parasympathetic rest and recovery response, leading to the system’s overall calm & alert state.
When it comes down to the science of the effect of music on mood, it’s multifactorial. Much of what impacts mood is the tempo of the music. In general, low and slow train the brain and body rhythms to slow down to a calm, relaxed state. It can also lower cortisol, which is our stress hormone.
Generally, upbeat, light music increases the endorphins in the brain, the feel-good hormones, and dopamine that reward the brain and make a person feel great and energized.
When we listen to music that feels good, we’re changing neurochemistry. And when we change neurochemistry, our mood, emotion, and energy adapt to that very rapidly.
— Alex Doman
Patti Andrich, an internationally honored occupational, vision therapist, researcher, and author, says, “TLP’s scientifically designed music improves the listener’s ability to process sound frequencies that lead to a sense of security, safety, and achievement.”
This approach provides the listener with a “safe signal,” priming the nervous system for success. Among the many cranial nerves that the TLP affects is the Vagus nerve, which acts to counterbalance the fight or flight system and can trigger a relaxation response in our body. The body’s vagus and other sensory and motor nerves respond to the music, especially with simultaneous air and bone-conducted stimulation.
In just 15 minutes of daily listening to TLP, a person can experience this change in mood and neurochemistry, empowering them to work through anxious or depressed feelings with more resilience. This occurrence has been documented in studies, like this one conducted in Sweden.
A study conducted at the Primary Health Care Center of Kristineberg was titled; “Evaluation of Listening Training with Adults with stress-related Symptoms in Primary Health Care.”
The purpose was to see if and how TLP, with combined air and bone conduction, could help adults suffering from Burnout and Stress compared to the standard course of care provided in the Swedish Primary Health Care system, which is psychotherapy.
Two randomized groups were treated either by a psychologist or TLP for 20 weeks. There were sixteen subjects, 8 per group. Each participant completed two standardized stress and burnout questionnaires.
The Stress and Crisis Inventory (SCI-93) results are seen on the left and Shirom Melamed Burnout Questionnaire on the right.
The listening group shows statistically significant improvement compared to baseline at ten weeks, 20 weeks, and eight months, with no meaningful improvement in the psychologist group.
Not only did the listening patients improve, but they also maintained their improvements well after listening stopped, demonstrating the staying power of the changes.
This study was replicated with the same group size with almost identical outcomes and shows that TLP is an effective method for decreasing anxiety, not just in the moment but also over time.
Positive emotional regulation can have a domino effect, benefitting so many people in its path. Those who have it can share it with others, increasing confidence, emotional well-being, and overall happiness.
One young listener who experienced this is Amiralin, who was bullied at school when she was in first grade. She experienced repeated acts of aggression from an older boy, which eventually affected her mental and physical health, and she was diagnosed with PTSD.
Pictures were drawn on the same day in early August 2020 by Amiralin to illustrate how she changed after just three months of starting The Listening Program.
The Listening Program saved my daughter. She is laughing, and her face lights up again! She is trying things out of her comfort zone independently, and her anxiety has decreased so much, she even said, “Mom, I feel like I am healed.”
Music has the power to inspire you and make you feel strong, which can have a very therapeutic effect. It can help us feel connected to the world around us and other people. We are so delighted for Amiralin and her family and know you will enjoy reading more about her journey – Read PTSD Success Story here.
TLP is designed to rewire and reprogram the brain processes what’s going on around it, allowing the limbic system to create more calm and hope in otherwise anxious or stressful situations.
Essentially, the way a person sees the world begins to change, to see more good and beauty, which stimulates a sense of joy and peace.
It has been an effective solution for thousands of people who want relief from feelings of anxiety or depression. As founder Alex Doman states, “While the science and creation behind TLP are complex, the fact remains; “listeners don’t need to understand it, all they need to do is just listen and enjoy.”
Begin your journey through the enjoyable and influential music of TLP by starting your free seven-day trial today, and experience the sense of calm so many others have felt, too.
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