Music to Massage Your Brain (Wow!)
Rest and meditation is always a great way to remedy mental stress and we all need peace and quiet every now and again, but there is such a thing as healthy noise. Now there is a new alternative with a deeper level of relaxation just for the brain! Massage is now available in audio experience by way of binaural beats.
There’s something for EVERYTHING!
Binaural beats have become really popular in recent years. While binaural beats could never replace the feeling and results of a good massage from human hands, a brain massage is a great addition to your day to day. Ideal for those long periods in which you cannot make a massage appointment, you can indulge and realign with ease. Before bed, on your lunch break, even on your commute home, a brain massage is at your disposal. Binaural beats come in a wide variety of sounds and there is a beat for every instance imaginable!
So… how does it work…? And does it work…?
Your skepticism is probably palpable by now. But it’s scientifically proven! A study conducted by researchers of the Medical R&D Center in Seoul, Korea in 2018 have discovered a noted decrease in mental fatigue and an improvement in short term as well as long term memory in 25 healthy adults! In addition the subjects exposed to binaural beats saw improved cognitive function and were more attentive. The key is frequency patterns that register to different parts of the brain.
BinauralBeatsMeditation.com tells us more: ‘The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears”. This represents the process, which works by simultaneously sending a marginally different sound frequency to each ear through headphones. Brainwave entrancement happens inside the brain, and is caused by a physiological response. Upon hearing two tones of different frequencies – sent simultaneously to the left and right ears – the brain perceives a third tone based on the mathematical difference between the two frequencies. The brain then follows along at the new frequency and produces brainwaves at the same rate of Hertz (Hz). For example: if a 200 Hz sound frequency is sent to the left ear, and a 205 Hz to the right ear, the brain will process those two frequencies and perceive a new frequency at 5 Hz. The brain then follows along at the new frequency (5 Hz), producing brainwaves at the same rate of Hertz (Hz). The technical term for this process is ‘frequency following response’.
Remember, the brain will only respond in the intended way if it receives the sound frequencies at the same time through headphones. You can test this for yourself using the test tone further down the page. All you have to do is put on a pair on headphones, relax and press play. It’s that easy.’ -
With a typically hectic day to day, how much more convenience could you ask for? Ready to try it for yourself? Eastside Massage is giving you a head start. Click the link to access an amazing restorative Binaural playlist!
Text by Kimber Erskine