Sing and Dance the stress away

by Sesame Lane Admin on 7/06/2017 12:00:49 PM
Stress is something we all deal with from time to time. Stress isn’t just native to adults, it affects children too. As adults we are more conditioned to manage stress, and even as adults we have a hard time with it. Children are novices at dealing with stress, it’s up to us to help them develop the skills and methods to cope with their stress. As it turns out, and this is in no way by accident, music and movement are fantastic ways to alleviate stress.

At Sesame Lane, we exclusively provide a stress relieving music and dance program in conjunction with Red Music Centre, who attend our Services weekly to teach our children their music, dance and acting classes, best of all it is all-inclusive!1014 Experts say that early exposure to music education also has holistic learning benefits.

As it turns out singing and dancing are twins, being both art forms that are temporal, meaning they unfold and reveal their beauty over time. They are dynamic. They change. They engage the entire body and mind. They both require conscious control of breathing. The breath must be purposeful to have enough fuel to do the task at hand.

The mental health benefits found in singing and dancing are increased endorphins, which basically run interference with pain receptors and cause feelings of euphoria, reducing both physical and mental pain. It’s the body’s way of self-regulating. It actually lowers the level of Cortisol in the body. While Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, does many things for us, it is associated with stress. High stress, leads to high Cortisol levels, which is known to lead to reduced immune system function.

When making music with a group empathy for those around you increases and heartbeats become synchronized (an amazing phenomenon called biological entertainment).

A combination of music and movement develops:
  • The Vestibular System
  • Neural Pathways
  • Fine motor skills
  • Physical confidence
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Thinking skills
A child that can express their self when dealing with stress, and then have an outlet to safely and physically work that stress out, encouraging the body to self-regulate, is a happier child.

To find out more about our music program click here or to view ar related blog on the benfits of learning music early click here