Can music block pain signals? Music-induced analgesia

I, personally, have known for a long time that music could help reduce my pain levels.  It’s just something that I always knew intuitively. Listen to music (good music, of course) –> feel better. That’s why I was so intrigued when I found the following post from my friend Jo Malby on some of theContinue reading “Can music block pain signals? Music-induced analgesia”

One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard…

Once in a while I post things unrelated to the main topic of my blog, simply because they are amazing. Here is one of them. I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch recently, which is why I haven’t been posting too much. Music is one of the things that helps me getContinue reading “One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard…”

Inspiration: Marina and the Diamonds

When I was younger, I did a lot of memoir-type creative writing.  It helped me process a lot of the things I went through as a teen, and at first I thought maybe it could help others to read it. As time went on and I got older, I started to feel like maybe noContinue reading “Inspiration: Marina and the Diamonds”

Violins and enhanced sensory maps

I recently learned about a fascinating study that I had to share with you all.  Researchers took two groups of people– professional violinists and regular, everyday people off the street– and pricked everyone’s index finger with a pin.  The violinists reported feeling much more pain than the non-violinists, even though everyone’s finger was pricked inContinue reading “Violins and enhanced sensory maps”