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Is Sound the Future of Medicine?

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Brain.fm is a visionary software company seeking to prove that sound is the future of medicine.

“Where words leave off, music begins.” – Heinrich Heine

Years of research and development have allowed Brain.fm to create a niche software, which embeds brainwave stimulation in audio. With hours of successful pilot and independent studies, as well as EEG analyses from neuroscientists – they hold the patent on a truly unique solution to wellness.

Brain.fm is not to be confused with binaural beats, this technology is AI based and the music that is generated is tailored to the result you desire. Choose an intention of focus, relaxation, or sleep/naps – and you can begin seeing results from the session in as little as ten minutes (software works best with headphones).

Personally, I began using Brain.fm about two weeks ago with the intention of both “Focus” and “Relaxation”. As someone in a creative field, I am constantly challenged to be at the top of my game when it comes to content curation, strategy and (of course) creativity – and at times this can be both daunting and draining. Something I’ve struggled with throughout my career is focus and balance, but (incredibly) by dedicating 10 minutes of time during the day to a Brain.fm session – it’s helped my attention span considerably. When I need to change gears, and relax – listening to Brain.fm in my headphones before bed has allowed me to have dreamy, deep, restful sleep unlike anything I’ve experienced in quite some time.

 

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“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

Aside from my personal experience, and the research done through the Brain.fm team, other scientific/academic institutions are beginning to find incredible evidence for the impact of music on the brain. Recently, MIT has discovered that music has the ability to activate neural activity. According to the New York Times:

Now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a radical new approach to brain imaging that reveals what past studies had missed. By mathematically analyzing scans of the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells with similar activation patterns, the scientists have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music. It may be Bach, bluegrass, hip-hop, big band, sitar or Julie Andrews. A listener may relish the sampled genre or revile it. No matter. When a musical passage is played, a distinct set of neurons tucked inside a furrow of a listener’s auditory cortex will fire in response. 

“The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Brain.fm allows you the opportunity to try the software for yourself by offering 7 free sessions in order to see how it works for you. Each intention has a different method for listening to get the best results.

For example, if you choose the “Focus” session, Brain.fm recommends using this with your eyes open while working, studying, reading, or doing creative work, and 15-30 minutes is ideal. On the other hand, if you choose the “Relaxation” session – this is designed for after work, relaxation, calming anxiety or meditation and it is suggested you keep your eyes closed while you listen.

Should you choose to upgrade the “Pro” membership, you’ll unlock the ability to chart your progress in a highly detailed fashion to see how the sessions impact your day to day experience.

To learn even more about Brain.fm, visit their website by clicking here, and be sure to check them out on Facebook!

 

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