Feeling the stress of the holidays? Anxious about work? Can’t seem to switch off? We’ve found the perfect panacea.
According to Dr David Lewis-Hodgson from Mindlab International, the song in this video, “Weightless,” is the most relaxing tune the researcher has tested to date.
Brain imaging studies demonstrated that this particular piece of music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also those associated with emotions. So powerfully relaxing is “Weightless” that doctors suggest it shouldn’t be listened to whilst driving.
A combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of stress–subjects recorded a 65% drop in overall anxiety and their heartbeats were 35% lower than their usual resting rates.
Enjoy the song whenever you’re feeling tense, or better yet, play it in the background and give a loved one a long, soothing massage as a Christmas gift!