Healing through Music

Little Jean may just be the Beethoven of his small village located in a remote area outside of Antsirana. To cope with the loneliness he faced when other children rejected him (due to a condition that pushed his legs out in an o-shape, called bowlegs) his father bought him a small piano. Jean fell in love with music and found mental healing through creating songs.

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When Jean came to Mercy Ships, he left his little piano at home with the hope of finding physical healing. What he didn’t know was that he would find himself surrounded by music throughout his healing process.

On the ship each morning the hospital chaplaincy team visit patients and use songs and music to encourage them! Music speaks to the patients on the African Mercy in ways that often no words can do, no matter the language or translation.

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Did you know music has been scientifically proven to help in the healing process?

When we listen to music:

• Our Brain releases dopamine, a feel good chemical essential for the health functioning of the nervous system. This has effects on emotion, perception and movement.
• Our heart rate, breathing and pulse rate are physiologically affected according to Dr. Mike Miller
• We can gain self-esteem, reduce anxiety, raise motivation and help combat insomnia and depression according to a study by Stanford University.
• Our blood cells change shape and color possibly healing sick or rough cells through sound according to a study at the Tama-Do Academy.

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it a rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” – Author Unknown