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Music can help you change the way you feel.
From Mozart to Marvin Gaye, and from Metallica to Mongolian voices, here you can listen to playlists to lead you from one state of mind and body to another in the way that you choose.
The playlists are created to calm you down, enliven you, or offer self-care and self-management of your mood and feelings. There are also videos with music to offer support for breathing and exercise.
First you need to tell us what you feel and what you need, by clicking on one of the links on the Music & Video page. This will take you to a page where you can choose what kind of music you want to listen to, or which videos you want to watch.
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The Musical Mind and Body
The playlists are curated by health care professionals and others, using X-System, which analyses music to predict its effects on health and well-being, and how it may help change your mood and feelings.
X-System uses a model of the musical brain and body to predict the level of relaxation or excitement of a piece of music (CA) , and how positive or negative a mood or emotion it may make you feel (V).
X-System uses the principle of entrainment to lead you from where you are to where you want to go, step by step. So it is best to listen to whole playlists at a time. The more you skip tracks, the more you will reduce the effects of the playlists.
You can learn more about how X-System works, the technology, and its basis in medical evidence at x-system.co.uk.
Below is a summary of the practice and research underpinning the music wellbeing pages, the bio-psycho-social model for music and wellbeing.
Music may promote wellbeing in many ways – from listening to music that relaxes, enlivens, motivates or consoles us, to deep breathing and slow movement. Here we show how these activities relate to a model of how music affects our bodies, minds and relationships with others:
In recent years there has been a significant growth in the biological, psychological and social sciences of music, as well as in music-medicine. The model is based on frequently replicated, peer-reviewed studies in established scientific and medical journals as well as Cochrane reviews and other meta-analyses. This raft of knowledge also forms the basis for X-System.
If you are a healthcare professional or simply interested in exploring the biopsychosocial model further, you can discover more in our free online course.Back to top