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    According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded
    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    This eight minute song is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines and thus helps to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress. The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.

    A study was conducted on 40 women, who were connected to sensors and had been given challenging puzzles to complete against the clock in order to induce a level of stress. Different songs were then played, to test their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity. According to scientists, this is the most relaxing tune ever recorded.

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    The results showed that the song, Weightless, was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even caused drowsiness among women in the lab.

    It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates.

    According to Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song has been created using various scientific theories and make use of musical principles that are known to have individually calming effects. Hence these elements have been combined together by Marconi Union to make the perfect relaxing song ever.

    Listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/justmusiclabe...-marconi-union

    The song consists of a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50. Thus, while listening to the song, your heartbeat automatically comes to match that beat.

    She even adds that it is necessary for the song to be eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for entertainment to occur. The gaps between the notes have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort.

    In addition, there are no repetitive melodies in the song which allows one's brain to completely switch off since one is no longer trying to predict what is next. The random chimes in the song help induce a deeper sense of relaxation and the final element in the song is the low, whooshing sounds and hums, those like the Buddhist chants.

    Moreover, sound therapies have been used for thousands of years to help people relax and improve health and well-being. Among indigenous cultures, music has been the heart of healing and worship. The song, weightless is ideal for unwinding and putting an end to a stressful day.

    According to Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International, which conducted the research, this song induced the greatest relaxation, higher than any other music tested till date. In accordance to the Brain imaging studies, music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions. The song Weightless can make one drowsy and hence should not be heard while driving.

    Richard Talbot, from Marconi Union, was fascinated to work with a therapist to learn how and why certain sounds affect people's mood. Though he always knew the power of music, they had previously written songs using only their gut feeling.

    The study conducted by bubble bath and shower gel firm, Radox Spa found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. According to Cassie Shuttlewood, from Radox Spa, it is not necessary to spend hundreds of pounds on massages, spa weekends and yoga retreats to reduce stress levels.

    The top ten relaxing songs are

    1. Marconi Union - Weightless
    2. Airstream - Electra
    3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
    4. Enya - Watermark
    5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
    6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go
    7. All Saints - Pure Shores
    8. Adele - Someone Like You
    9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
    10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

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    Re: According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    I listened to it 2 times. It made me sad and I had to fight back the tears.

    Why didn't it relax me?

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    Re: According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    Maybe it did. Maybe it relaxed you to the point where you let down your guard a bit and behind that shield was sadness.

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    Re: According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    You're probably right.

    But I can't let myself completely feel that sadness.If I do I will completely fall apart.

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    Re: According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    I didn't find this relaxing at all. It actually induced anxiety.

    I guess I'm the outlier .
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    Re: According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    I found it initially irritating, but did notice feeling calmer around the 5 minute mark while doing other activities instead of actively listening to it. Then I consciously tried to keep listening and got annoyed by it again so didn't complete the song. So for me it's good for background music when focusing on something else.

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    It's use of specific rhythms, beep bass tones, frequencies and intervals induce an almost trance like state in the listener.
    I'm a believer in using deep breathing as a method of helping me relax. Over the years I've used various methods of imagery to help me regulate breathing when I need to relax.

    The recording helped me sustain a regular pattern of breathing by allowing me to focus on the rhythm of the backbeat and worked well for me.

    the track almost appears to have a heartbeat running through it which slows down very gently throughout the piece, encouraging a deep sense of relaxation in the body
    By deep breathing, I mean breathing from the abdomen, instead of the the way we usually breath...using our shoulders.

    It's called Diaphragmatic Breathing and is explained in the attached brochure; I think Diaphragmatic Breathing can be used as an adjunct to this by using the recording to establish a "breathing tempo".

    It works for me! I'll be adding it to my iPod!
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    I ended up buying this and have been listening to it often.

    What am I supposed to be doing while listening to it though?I mean,am I supposed to try to not think or anything?Am I supposed to just try to listen and focus on what I am listening to?

    I'm asking because when I start listening to it,I close my eyes,and I see a succession of memories.They don't really upset me or cause anxiety or anything,they're just there.Like I am floating through them.It's all the same images I see pretty much on a daily basis,but they're different,they feel different.It's like visiting all the memories but not feeling them.And afterwards I feel so zoned out and exhausted. Like I have just had an extremely intense therapy session.

    Listening to it still makes me feel sad,but the zoned out feeling I've been getting,I kind of like that.

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    Re: According To Scientists, This Is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

    Attached are some additional informative articles that explain the benefits of diaphragmatic (deep) breathing along with how other relaxation techniques can be healthy and helpful.

    Each of these articles was chosen to describe relaxation techniques that can benefit anyone living with stress, anxiety and associated disorders.

    Especially informative are the articles titled Benefits of Breathing Exercises and Importance of The Breath

    Video (1) demonstrating diaphragmatic breathing (download the MP3)

    Also the following YouTube Video (2) explaining and demonstrating proper diaphragmatic breathing technique:


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