Music Therapy is a "gentle" therapeutic approach, using the musical as a mediator in the caring/cared-for relationship. This approach is more and more interested in the world, as one realizes its many benefits and its astonishing results.
The use of a musical instrument in a therapeutic setting will promote self-expression, allowing to create a link between the inner world of the patient and his entourage, thus stimulating the mechanisms of communication and Exchange.
This type of therapy also calls for listening, which has the direct effect of working on the concentration and memory of the person being treated.
If one seeks to act on mood or anxiety, the practice of an instrument such as the tongue drum, with its soft and soothing sonorities, will allow to lower the rate of a hormone related to stress called "cortisol" and release endorphins to calming, analgesic and euphoric properties.
Chronic pain will also be able to be partially relieved thanks to the so-called "active" practice of the instrument, since the patient will focus on it which will then serve as a catalyst, allowing it to "let go" and work on its concentration, somewhat in the image of meditative practice.
The positive effects on sleep disorders are also widely highlighted by practitioners, as well as improved coordination in people with Parkinson's disease for example.
The tongue drum: an ideal musical instrument for music therapists
Music Therapists are required to practise in schools, hospitals (Psychiatry, psychotherapy, Pediatrics, neonatal care, etc.), long-term care facilities, seniors ' residences, rehabilitation centres community centres, rehabilitation centres for alcoholics and drug addicts, correctional settings and private practice.
By stimulating the senses of touch, sight and hearing, the tongue drum is somehow "the ideal tool" of the therapist.
I am sure that the amateur or confirmed musicians who will read this will only be able to confirm intuitively this list of benefits, because even if our practice of music is not necessarily linked to a research of "therapeutic" order, we have all been witnesses of the positive changes that it has been able to create in our lives: socially, through sharing with other musicians, group life, "bare-clothes", physically through the improvement of our coordination or simply the "defoulatory" aspect (for our friends drummers in particular!), or even psychologically via the letting go, the creative expression, the ability to "work" to improve...
And for the "non-musicians": know that it is never too late to discover all these good things, the tongue drum is undoubtedly one of the most suitable instruments for a musical initiation smoothly!