Music therapy works on introducing key elements in music that is easily picked up by the brain and neurological functions in a person. It is effective in treating eating disorders in both children, adolescents, and adults.
By enhancing interpersonal relationships and facilitating relaxation and stress reduction, music therapy can help an individual overcome long-term eating disorders. It promotes self-determination and motivation for those struggling with food issues.
When conducted in groups, music therapy fosters group cohesion and support for one another, promoting feelings of empowerment and can act as a distraction from negative thought patterns that might otherwise coerce a person back into binge eating or adopting an apprehension against food.
The creative expression through music helps reduce isolation and loneliness, making one more aware and confident in pursuing healthier eating habits and a more positive, healthy relationship with their bodies and emotionally.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?
Music therapy is successful at helping those with disorders such as:
Binge eating disorder
Bulimic or anorexic individuals
Individuals with food aversions
Both male and females
Obsessions and anxiety with “clean eating” (also known as orthorexia)